St. Amant will represent its district at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state baseball tournament in Sulphur this weekend.

The Gators fought off the rain Friday and a good Dutchtown team the next day for a two-game quarterfinal sweep that produced a semifinal berth.

No. 5 seed St. Amant shared the District 5-5A title with the Griffins, and the two teams split their two meetings in the district’s regular-season schedule.

But the Gators’ pitching limited No. 13 Dutchtown to one run while notching 4-0 and 2-1 victories Saturday at Gator Park.

St. Amant’s Brennan Grant out-dueled LSU signee Austin Bain of Dutchtown in the opener with a three-hit shutout. Mitchell Mayard, Grant Durbin and Justin Duhon each had two hits for the Gators.

In the nightcap, St. Amant’s Skylar Enlow kept the Griffins in check, and the Gators scratched across two unearned runs to spoil a solid outing from DHS’ Dillon Abbess.

Weather permitting, St. Amant will face top-seeded Barbe on Friday in the semifinals at McMurry Park. The Buccaneers eliminated No. 9 Catholic, the defending state champs from 5-5A, in a two-game quarterfinal sweep by scores of 11-6 and 3-2.

The other half of the 5A bracket pits No. 10 Live Oak against No. 3 Jesuit. LOHS knocked off No. 2 Brother Martin in three games, while JHS swept two games from No. 6 Alexandria.

The 5A championship is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

Ascension Catholic’s bid to join St. Amant in Sulphur were dashed Monday with a 6-1 loss in a Class 1A quarerfinal at St. John.

Ascension athletes shine in state meets

Two Ascension Parish schools were near the top of their respective classes, and several more won individual titles at the LHSAA track and field meets Saturday at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

In the Class 5A event, Dutchtown’s Tyler Hughes was named Outstanding Performer after winning the 110-meter hurdles in 13.83 seconds and participating in the Griffins’ winning 4x200 relay team. Hughes’ victorious teammates included Matthew Magee, Javon Pierre and Corey McBride with a time of 1:27.13.

Hughes also placed third in the 300 hurdles, and teammate Brady Bergeron notched a third in the pole vault. St. Amant’s Steven Pirvu was third in the 400 race.

In the girls 5A meet, Dutchtown’s Casey Richardson, 100, and Taylor Bennett, long jump, and St. Amant’s Toni Rodriguez, javelin, all notched third-place finishes. Donaldsonville’s Floyd Foster claimed the 3A discus title with a mark of 153 feet, 4 inches.

The Griffins’ 100 relay team finished second.

Ascension Catholic’s girls were a force in the Class 1A event with a second-place result. ACHS was paced by individual state champs Maerys Joseph, 800 winner, and Stephanie Breaux, 1,600 and Whitney Evre, 800, and the 100 relay team earned second-place finishes.

Breaux also finished second in the 3,200 race, one spot ahead of teammate Sophie Daigle for the state title.

ACHS’ boys finished fifth, thanks to triple-individual winner Zach Capello, 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

4 earn All-Metro basketball honors

Three boys and one girl from Ascension Parish were named to The Advocate’s 2014 All-Metro basketball teams.

East Ascension’s Ja’Cardo Hawkins, Dutchtown’s Christion Thompson and Ascension Catholic’s Delmond Landry were named to the boys squad. Hawkins and Landry were the most valuable players in their district.

St. Amant’s Kara Gremillion was named to the girls team after helping her team go unbeaten in the District 5-5A regular-season schedule.

EA’s Gautreau among All-Metro soccer picks

Janna Gautreau was named Co-Defensive MVP on The Advocate’s All-Metro girls soccer team.

Gautreau was joined on the first team by Dutchtown’s Sarah Patterson. Second-teamers included EA’s Lynda Boylan, Blaire Laiche and Caroline LeCoq, Dutchtown’s Nicole Magganson and Molly Litten, and St. Amant’s Cameron Matherne.

St. Amant’s Briggs Bourgeois represented Ascension on the boys first team. The second team included St. Amant’s Christian Delcid, EA’s Matt Simoneaux and Dutchtown’s Jeremy Thompson.

Brignac back in big leagues

St. Amant alumnus Reid Brignac returned to the major leagues May 9 with Philadelphia.

Brignac, 28, spent parts of five seasons with Tampa Bay before appearing in 46 games last season with Colorado and the New York Yankees.

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