by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner
For the St. Amant softball team, adversity couldn’t have showed up at a more difficult time.
The Gators lost home field advantage earlier in the week and was forced to hit the road road for a game against Hahnville, in what has usually proved to be one of most highly-contested games on the St. Amant schedule. In addition to having to begin its season on the road, traffic issues delayed St. Amant’s arrival.
However, the last minute changes and obstacles were not enough to stand in the way of a determined squad.
In a 10-inning showdown against Hahnville, both squads had their chances to plate but fell short. However, the determination and fighting mentality of the Gators proved to be enough as Addison “AJ” Jackson launched a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to bring home the victory. In addition to her performance at the plate, Jackson took the win in the circle after lasting 10 innings where she allowed just one hit and struck out 22.
“I am proud of the way this team fought today,” said Pitre. “We have a lot of kids starting for the first time and they handled themselves well for their first game. It’s the beginning for them but they learned a lot very quick today.”
Hahnville’s Laney Waguespack also turned in a great performance inside the circle, despite taking the loss. She allowed four hits and one run through 10 frames while having struck out eight.
Other action from around the state:
• John Curtis hit five home runs in the fourth inning of Saturday’s tournament game against defending Division IV champion Calvary Baptist. The inning saw four consecutive bombs hit while another was launched later in the frame.
• North DeSoto had an exceptional day at the plate with nine home runs hit in two games and going 2-0 on the day with wins against Haughton and Natchitoches Central.
• Barbe’s Halie Pappion turned in a great performance both at the plate and in the circle. In a win against Calvary Baptist, the senior pitcher struck out 13 batters and drove in three runs in a complete game effort. Against Sam Houston, she hit 3-for-4 including a home run along with three RBI.
•Many’s MaKynli Miller turned in a home run and double to help the Lady Tigers earn a victory over defending 3A champion Jena on Saturday.
• Archbishop Chapelle defeat Holden, 8-0, as pitcher Delaney Trosclair earned the shut out win with only four hits given up. The team collected 12 hits while Katie Deslatte hit a homer.
• Port Barre’s Sam Daniels went five innings and gave up just one hit while striking out 11 in a 10-0 win over Livonia. Blaire Young picked up the win in the second game, a 13-1 win over St. Michael’s. She struck out six batters in in the complete game. Young also hit her first career home run during the day.
• Sophomores Cora Downs and Maddie Chreene each blasted a home run to help lead Florien to wins over Menard and Lafayette Christian.