Third-seeded St. Amant made it look easy against the Lady Patriots--crushing them by a 17-0 score in just three innings of work.

St. Amant closed the regular season on a 16-game winning, but head coach Amy Pitre said that now the streak means nothing.

The only streak that now matters is the five straight games the Lady Gators have to win to bring home the state title.

After their first-round home matchup with John Ehret, it's one down, four to go.

Third-seeded St. Amant made it look easy against the Lady Patriots--crushing them by a 17-0 score in just three innings of work.

"I was pleased. We took care of business in three innings. Our goal was to do what we've been doing," Pitre said. "I wanted to get a good performance from Alyssa [Romano]. She hadn't pitched in what feels like forever. It's been a week and a day. I thought we got a good performance from her. We had been scoring a lot of runs, so I was excited to get them going and get them some at-bats."

St. Amant opened the scoring in the first inning as Jadyn Rumfellow drew a leadoff walk and Taylor Tidwell followed it up with a single.

An Abby McKey sac fly scored Rumfellow, and Tidwell later scored after a Pamela Carbo grounder to give the Lady Gators a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, they blew John Ehret out of the water--collecting 10 runs on eight hits.

They began the frame with six straight base-runners, and Brooke Romano, Alyssa Romano, Madison Hurt, Rumfellow and McKey all drove in runs.

In the third inning, they finished off the Lady Patriots.

Tidwell led off with a single, and Carbo drove her home. McKenzie King and Brooke Romano then loaded the bases with back-to-back singles.

Jesse Allison then ended the game with a grand slam that invoked the mercy rule.

In just three innings, St. Amant collected 14 hits. Five players had multiple hits.

Allison led the way as she went 2-2 with a walk, a grand slam and four RBIs. Hurt was 2-2 with two RBIs, Brooke Romano was 2-3 with two RBIs and McKey was 1-3 with two runs batted in.

With the victory, St. Amant will now host No. 14 Northshore in second-round action. Northshore went 23-10 during the regular season and defeated West Monroe, 10-0, in the opening round.