After opening up their playoff venture with a 15-6 victory over the Denham Springs Hornets, the St. Amant Lady Gators crushed the 10th-seeded Hahnville Tigers (23-8) 12-5 at home on Saturday.

The Gators went on an offensive tear as the dynamic duo of Kourtney Gremillion and Abby McKey combined for three home runs, two doubles and nine RBIs.

Pitching strategy often is used to lessen the impact of good hitters and the Tigers made the decision to pitch to Kourtney Gremillion in her second and third at-bats. There were two runners on base both times and Gremillion responded with consecutive three-run homers. In the sixth inning, Hahnville made the decision to walk Gremillion and pitch to Abby McKey. That loaded the bases and McKey laced a double up the middle, scoring two runners.

Gremillion not only led the team with her bat but her performance from the mound earned her a 12th victory of the year. The Tigers put runners on the bases in the first through fourth innings but Gremillion pitched her way out in the first three. Hahnville came to life in the fourth inning, scoring four runs to cut the Gator lead to 5-4 with Pryscilla Prince’s three-run homer. But in the bottom of the inning, Gremillion connected on her second homer of the game that stifled Hahnville’s momentum.

Then the Lady Gators pitcher took over as Gremillion retired the next seven batters she faced before an error by shortstop Taylor Tidwell allowed a runner to reach first base. Sarah Vanetta then connected for a double that scored their final run but that was as far as they got. Gremillion pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits.

The 21st win in a row sends the Lady Gator softball squad to their sixth consecutive trip to the state tournament and 13th trip since coach Scott Nielson took over the program in 2003. St. Amant will face the 2nd-seeded Zachary Broncos at Frasch Park in Sulphur on Friday.

Bulldogs punch playoff ticket

The Ascension Catholic High Lady Bulldogs will make the trip to Frasch Park in Sulphur in the state softball playoffs as well in Class 1A. Ascension Catholic scored a 13-0 win over Centerville to advance in their playoff effort. The fourth-seeded Bulldogs will face the fifth-seeded LaSalle Tigers at noon on Friday.

All-Metro girls soccer teams

Ascension Parish soccer players were well represented on the list of the All-Metro selections in the Large Schools division as outstanding players. Senior forward Blaire Laiche of the East Ascension Spartans was selected Outstanding Player. Laiche was the main force behind the Spartans’ effort to win the Division I, District 5 title, scoring 27 goals and collecting 17 assists. Her efforts helped the Spartans reach the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Laiche was joined by her Spartan teammate sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Britton. Her outstanding performance at the goal shut out the opposition 14 times this season and allowed only nine goals all season.

Rounding out the Spartans’ selections was senior defender Caroline LeCoq. In addition to this selection, LeCoq was named the district defensive MVP. She also chipped in four goals on offense.

The offensive MVP selected was forward freshman Adelaide Gaffney for the St. Amant Gators’ squad. Besides this honor, Gaffney was the only freshman to make the Division I All-Metro team. Gaffney scored 23 goals and had nine assists for the Gators this season. Her teammate, senior midfielder Cameron Matherne, was selected as well. Matherne provided the Gators with 12 goals and 10 assists this season.

Senior defender Audrey Clarke of the Dutchtown Griffins was selected to the squad as well. Clarke was anchor on the defense for Dutchtown as center back. She had two goals and two assists. Clarke also was named the overall team MVP.

Ascension Catholic girls win district track title

For the fourth consecutive year coach Rocky Capello’s girls captured the 1A District 6 track championship. The district win gives the Bulldog track team the chance to compete in the regional meet, which will have taken place before press time.

The track results are as follows:

Catherine Eure was third in the 100-meter run and Sophie Daigle was first in the 1,600 meter, with Stephanie Breaux finishing second in the event.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Stephanie Breaux took first place. In the 3,200 meter, Breanna Bernard was first and Sophie Daigle, second. In the 400 meter, Maerys Joseph placed first and Victoria Eure took fourth. Ascension Catholic was first in the 4X400 meter relay. In the 800-meter race, Maerys Joseph took first and Whitney Eure, second. In the 100-meter hurdles, Catherine Eure placed third.

In the javelin, Carson Hitzman placed first and Bailey LeBlanc, second. Kenshell Davis was third in the discus and Kenshell Davis placed first in the shot put.

The Ascension Catholic boys took third place in the district track meet. The results are as follows:

Luke Spano won the 1,600-meter race and 300-meter hurdles; Hayes Rousseau was third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Thomas Daigle won the 3,200-meter race and Logan Thibodaux was second.

Ascension Catholic’s 4x400 relay team was third. Thomas Daigle won the 800-meter race and Hayes Rousseau was second.

Logan Thibodaux was second in the discus while Kebori Hunter was first in the long jump and second in the triple jump.

Hayes Rousseau won the javelin event, John Demanuelle was fourth in discus and Luke Spano won the pole vault.

Bullodgs golf team advances

Ascension Catholic’s boys golf team placed fourth at district. Their efforts will advance the team to the regional competition. Parker Settoon, an eighth-grader, placed second overall.

High school anglers compete in state tournament

This past weekend, six local bass fishing teams competed in a State High School Bass Tournament held out of San Miguel State Park on Toledo Bend. All six teams are sponsored by Ascension Area Anglers.

Sam Bergeron and Andres Barletta topped the Ascension and Baton Rouge area teams as they had a five-fish limit that weighed 12.92 pounds with a 5.62-pound lunker anchoring their stringer. Their stringer was good enough for a sixth-place finish out of 52 teams.

Bergeron and Barletta worked flukes around the base of cypress trees and pepper grass throughout the day to catch their first four keepers. After that pattern sort of dried up and with only an hour left in the day, the boys made a decision to change up. There was a good southeast wind, so they switched to shad colored rattletraps fishing around points.

As fate would have it, Barletta made one last cast with his rattle trap and he hooked and landed the 5.62-pound lunker, which also was the biggest fish he’s caught in his young bass fishing career. The angling duo was pretty excited as they headed back to the weigh-in.

Ascension Anglers teams that fished were Bergeron and Barletta; Taylor Clark and Daniel Nevils; Caleb Mayers and Dane Balfantz; Brennan Edmond, Grant Bourque and Ethan Smart, along with last years’ national champs, Braden Blanchard and Cade Fortenberry.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at or