ST. AMANT —St. Amant softball coach Scott Nielson’s game plan against Brusly was as simple as score runs and don’t let them score any.
The Gators achieved that goal without so much as a hiccup Wednesday.
St. Amant defeated Brusly, 10-0 in six innings behind a trio of home runs, including a three-run shot by catcher Taylor Trabeaux in the first inning.
By the end of the second, the Gators led 6-0 thanks to a three-run home run by shortstop Taylor Tidwell that bounced off the metal roofing of the classrooms sitting just beyond the center field wall.
The homers were St. Amant’s fifth and sixth in the past two days. Gators pitcher Kourtney Gremillion adding a seventh on a two-run shot in the fourth inning.
“That’s not something you’re counting on, but the kids got some pitches, and they didn’t miss them,” Nielson said. “We’ve hit seven (home runs) in the last 10 innings, and that’s huge, but the thing is, a lot of those home runs have been multi-run home runs. … The key is getting people on base.”
Gremillion’s day didn’t start off as easy as it ended.
The Gators’ usual starting first baseman and a Louisiana-Lafayette commitment had to pitch her way out of a jam in the first inning when she loaded the bases with no outs after just five pitches.
Fortunately for Gremillion, a solo double play by first baseman Rylee Langlois and a quick tag by Tidwell on a ground ball cleared the inning with no damage done.
Brusly (7-6) put two runners on base in the second inning, but St. Amant (7-5) continued to play stingy defense to keep the Panthers from scoring.
Gremillion ended up allowing only three hits, the same amount she recorded in her four at-bats.
“It was all me,” Gremillion said of her early struggles. “I wasn’t hitting my spots very well, but my team was doing their job. It’s good to know they’re doing their job even if I’m not playing my best all the time.”
Brusly pitcher Hannah Gaudet’s outing didn’t go as well as her counterpart’s allowing eight runs on eight hits in four innings.
Gaudet didn’t appear to find a rhythm as the Panthers failed to recover from a disappointing first inning.
“There wasn’t much different (between us),” Brusly coach Beau Bouvier said. “They got runners on base, and they got the hits. We put runners on base, and we’d ground into a double play.
“… Score-wise, I’m disappointed in the result, but I’m confident in what we can do.”