GONZALES – East Ascension used a nine-run second inning to jump ahead of Dutchtown and claim a 12-7 District 5-5A opening victory Thursday evening at Lady Spartan Field.
It was East Ascension’s first victory over Dutchtown since 2016 and the first time the Lady Spartans (4-3, 1-0) opened district with a victory in three years under coach Katie Marse.
Brynnen Gautreau went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead East Ascension and Rebecca Burke added three RBIs hitting 2-for-5. Rachel Ducote was also 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Jada Goodlow was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Dutchtown (5-5, 0-1), under coach Nancy Ensminger, was led by Kassidy Hood who went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Anna Jones also was 2-for-5.
The teams combined for 25 hits but it was three errors by Dutchtown that allowed East Ascension to have a big second inning after the Lady Griffins had taken an early 2-0 lead behind RBI singles from Hood and Skylar Boyd.
EA knotted it up in the bottom of the first on Ducote’s RBI triple and Gauteau’s RBI single.
Played Thursday, 3/7
East Ascension 12, Dutchtown 7
Dutchtown 203 101 0 — 7 16 5
East Ascension 290 100 x — 12 12 2
WP — Alayna Joseph. LP — McKenna Rarick. Leaders — DUTCHTOWN: Kassidy Hood (4-5, 2 RBI), Katie Lockwood (3-4, RBI); EAST ASCENSION: Jada Goodlow (2-4, RBI), Brynnen Gautreau (3-4, 3 RBI), Rebecca Burke (2-5, 3 RBI), Rachel Ducote (2-5, 3B, 3 RBI).
Team records — Dutchtown 5-5, 0-1 in District 5-5A; EAHS 4-3, 1-0 in District 5-5A.