St. Amant’s baseball run ended Friday in the Class 5A semifinals at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state tournament in Sulphur.

Brennan Grant allowed just a two-run home run to Barbe’s Shane Selman in the second inning, and limited the top-seeded Bucs to four hits.

But unfortunately for the fifth-seeded Gators (29-9), their bats couldn’t solve the puzzle of Gunner Leger in a 2-0 loss.

Grant, Blaine Schexnayder, Matthew Delaune and Owen Richard each had a hit for St. Amant. The solace for the Gators was that their defeat came at the hands of the eventual state champion.

Barbe (39-2) completed its successful road to the 5A crown the next day with a 7-1 defeat of Live Oak in the championship game. The Bucs finished the season with 27 consecutive victories and also were ranked No. 1 in the country.

St. Amant’s loss shouldn’t diminish another fine season for Troy Templet’s crew. The Gators shared the District 5-5A title with Dutchtown, and swept the Griffins in a quarterfinal series to reach the state tournament.

Jones wins basketball honor

In a roundup of Ascension Parish players on the All-Metro basketball teams a couple of weeks ago, I neglected to mention that Donaldsonville’s Jermial Jones was named to the boys squad.

Jones averaged 16.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and shared the Most Valuable Player award in Districtd 9-3A.

His efforts helped Donaldsonville reach the Boys Top 28 as the lone Ascension Parish representative. The Tigers’ season ended with a 74-56 loss to Richwood in the semifinals.

Hello, summer

According to the calendar, summer doesn’t officially start until June 21.

But the state baseball tournament is in the books as the last team competition of the 2013-14 LHSAA athletic season. And Memorial Day is just around the corner to serve as the unofficial start of summer.

There is a softball all-star game Friday and a baseball all-star game set for May 30. But the break from official high school game competition is here.

We’ve seen some terrific performances this season from the athletes and teams of Ascension Parish. We’ll recap some of those events here in a future column. Also, we’ll have a chance to celebrate some of the best athletes when the all-district and all-state teams from spring sports are released in the next few weeks.

Surely, there will be plenty of summer leagues and camps in a lot of different sports. But if you’re a coach, a player or a parent, I hope the summer is at least slightly relaxing for you at some point. Here’s hoping you fit in a vacation or some down time that brings you some great memories with family and friends.

And to all of you who read our paper, thanks for spending time with us on a regular basis. May your summer bring you some rest and relaxation. Hopefully, you get an item checked off your bucket list.

This column will continue to appear during the summer months with the exception of a week or two at a time yet to be determined.

For now, have fun during this long weekend. But please take some time on Memorial Day to remember those veterans who gave their lives so we can enjoy our freedom.

Enjoy your summer, and keep checking in with us each week.

Rich Loup covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be reached at richloup@gmail.com or at ascension@theadvocate.com.