Lady Gators sweep double-header from Ascension Catholic
“We left quite a few runners on base but we got two wins over a very good team,” Nielson said. “We scored on a squeeze bunt. We are going to try and take advantage of what the other team gives us. I am proud of the way my kids played. It is early in the season and we have some work to do but I was happy with the effort.”
Ascension Catholic starter Lauren Blanchard walked Kelly Luquette and Emily Douglas to open the first game before Melanie Parker reached on a fielder’s choice with one out. Douglas scored on a wild pitch before Parent and Brooke Capello each walked to load the bases but Blanchard struck out Falynn Rouyea to get out of the inning.
“That was (Blanchard’s) first start in a varsity game,” Landry said. “She was pretty shocked. I kind of put her on the spot against probably the premier program in the state but she lasted the whole game and never gave up a big rally.”
Parent struck out two in the bottom of the first and retired the first 15 batters she faced. Blanchard retired the Lady Gators in order in the top of the second striking out Gabrielle Templet.
Bridget Buquoi lined a one-out double to right center in the top of the third and scored on Parker’s single to left center giving St. Amant a 2-0 lead. The Lady Gators added another in the fourth inning when Martin lined a two-out single to left and scored on Luquette’s single after stealing second.
Parent struck out Lauren Oubre and Aime Guillot swinging in the bottom half before Blanchard retired the Lady Gators in order in the top of the fifth inning.
Capello singled to center to open the sixth inning and advanced on a pass ball before scoring on Templet’s one-out single. Martin followed with a triple to center to plate a run before Luquette walked. Douglas’ sacrifice plated another run to put St. Amant ahead 6-0.
Ali Bouchereau got Ascension’s Catholic’s first hit with a one-out double to left in the bottom half but was left on base.
Martin was 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI, while Templet was 1 for 3 with one run and one RBI.
Blanchard gave up six runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out two.
Ashlyn Grisaffe started the second game for the Lady Bulldogs and surrendered two runs on four hits and six walks while striking out four.
“She really kind of held them in check,” Landry said. “I thought she did a great job. Last year, we got bombed. I am sure a lot of those girls in their top four or five will sign Division I scholarships.”
Grisaffe got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning by popping up Parent and striking out Allison Hope. Luquette drew a lead off walk before Douglas singled to right and Parker walked with one out.
Martin retired the seven batters she faced in order striking out the side in the second inning.
Douglas drew a one-out walk in the top of the third before Buquoi was hit by a pitch and Parker’s single to left plated a run. Parent’s sacrifice bunt crossed another run to give St. Amant a 2-0 lead.
Grisaffe drew a one out walk in the bottom half but was forced out on Anna Lassere’s fielder’s choice who was caught stealing.
Buquoi and Parker lined consecutive one out singles to left in the fifth inning and advanced on Parent’s ground out before Capello drew a walk to load the bases but Grisaffe struck out pinch hitting Whitney Trosclair to get out of the inning.
Bouchereau singled to left center with two outs in the bottom half but Oubre grounded out to Martin.
Parker was 2 for 3 with one RBI, while Douglas was 1 for 1 with one run and Buquoi was 1 for 3 with one run.