Eight teams remained in the Class 5A baseball playoffs, and three of them were from District 5-5A.
And two of them were from Ascension Parish and are ticketed to meet in a best-of-three quarterfinal series beginning Friday.
No. 5 St. Amant and No. 13 Dutchtown moved on after getting past the regional round in different ways.
The Gators swept two games from No. 12 Shaw by identical 3-1 scores, but the Griffins needed all three games and a few extra innings to get the two victories they needed to upset No. 4 Denham Springs.
After losing to the Yellow Jackets, 14-2, in the second game of a best-of-three quarterfinals series, Dutchtown went 10 innings to finally eliminate DSHS, 8-4. Austin Bain had four hits to support Dillon Absess’ pitching in the finale.
The third member of 5-5A still alive is Catholic, which was slated to face No. 1 seed Barbe in a best-of-three quarterfinal series.
No. 26 EA was eliminated by No. 10 Live Oak in two one-run games. Luke Lambert and Tristan Babin each had two hits in the 6-5 finale as the Spartans nearly overcame a 6-0 deficit.
In the Class 1A bracket, No. 12 Ascension Catholic nipped Merryville, 7-6, to advance to the regionals against No. 28 Highland Baptist.
ACHS falls short in softball
Ascension Catholic became the parish’s best hope for a 2014 state championship at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state tournament.
But the Bulldogs came one game short in a 6-0 loss to Cedar Creek in the Class 1A title game Saturday in Sulphur.
No. 3 seed ACHS (27-4) beat Hanson, 6-5, in the quarterfinals Friday when Kaitlyn Mistretta drove home Bailey Acosta with a game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Then the Bulldogs reached the title game after a 1-hit shutout from Julia Beck in a 5-0 win against Central Catholic on Saturday.
ACHS’ two victories in Sulphur were the only ones for Ascension Parish teams. The Class 5A bracket was not kind as St. Amant and East Ascension each lost in the quarterfinals.
The top-seeded Gators lost to Pineville, 8-1. No. 10 EA couldn’t hold on to a 9-1 lead and lost to No. 2 Ouachita, 11-10.
Johnson wins tennis crown
Congratulations to Ascension Christian’s Kennon Johnson, who captured the Division IV tennis singles championship for the second consecutive season.
Johnson beat Newman’s Kennedi Carter, 6-0 and 6-2, in the semifinals, before beating Calvary’s AnnaMarie Kimball, 6-2, 6-4, in the final.
Foster shines in discus
Donaldsonville’s Floyd Foster finished third in the discus with a mark of 135 feet, 4 inches in the Class 3A, Region II meet.
Foster helped DHS notch six team points on the boys side while the girls finished with two points.
Griffins in top 5 in track meet
Each of Dutchtown’s track and field teams won a relay to help post top-five finishes in the Class 5A, Region 2 meet last week.
The boys finished third, thanks to a win in the 200 relays and individual victories by Tyler Hughes, 110 and 300 hurdles, and Corey McBride, 100 meters.
St. Amant’s boys finished sixth. Another Gator, Toni Rodriguez, who committed to play volleyball at LSU last week, won the girls javelin with a mark of 136-2.
ACHS girls win regional title
Maerys Joseph, 400 and 800, and Stephanie Breaux, 1,600 and 3,200, posted multiple individual titles to lead Ascension Catholic to the Class 1A, Region 3 championship in Thibodaux last week.
The ACHS boys were third, thanks to titles from Zach Capello, 800 and 1,600, and Trey Capello, 3,200.
St. Amant, Dutchtown golf
Dylan Pastorick, of St. Amant, finished in a tie for 10th place at the Division I, Region I golf tournament at Oak Wing Golf Club last week. Pastorick posted an 82.
Dutchtown finished sixth with a team score of 338.
All-Metro wrestling squad
Congratulations to East Ascension’s Alex Betteridge and Conor Karwath for their selections to The Advocate’s All-Metro first team.
Their teammate, Jacob Bernard, was named to the second team, along with Dutchtown’s Brandon Cowell and Travis Goodman, and St. Amant’s Tristyn Wheeler.