ST. AMANT -- If the Denham Springs High softball team was feeling down after its crushing 11-10 loss to Zachary on Thursday, it got a quick lift in the St. Amant Invitational.
The Lady Jackets collected victories against Morgan City and Ascension Catholic in the first two games of the weekend tournament, snapping a two-game losing streak.
On Friday, Melody Lienemann (1-0) notched her first win of the season as Denham opened with a 4-1 victory over Morgan City. Lienemann allowed one unearned run and four scattered hits over 2 2/3 innings before senior Allison Irby relieved her in the 3rd.
Irby, Denham’s usual starting pitcher, was an even tougher match for the Lady Tigers. She didn’t give up a hit over the final 4 1/3 innings to earn the save for the Jackets, who handed an impressive Morgan City club only its second loss in 14 games this season.
Unlike Friday, there was plenty of offense to go around in Denham’s 15-12 win over Ascension Catholic on Saturday morning. It was the highest scoring game for DSHS in the previous 24 games, stretching back to March 26, 2016 (19-4 win over Jewel Sumner).
Catcher Karlie Galloway (single, double, home run) and outfielder Rayne Minor (single, two doubles) both went 3-for-4 against the Lady Bulldogs, combining for three RBIs. DSHS infielder Bailey Hughes also blasted a home run and smacked a double while going 2-for-3.
After pulling relief duty on Friday, Irby was back on the mound to start Saturday morning’s contest against Ascension Catholic. Despite picking up the win, the 12 runs scored by the Lady Bulldogs were the most Irby had allowed in a game all season.
But that was where the winning stopped for Denham Springs, which ended the St. Amant Invitational with an 8-1 loss to North Vermilion later Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after collecting her sixth win of the season, Irby (6-7) was on the losing end as Jackets gave up at least eight runs for the sixth time this season and fourth in the last five games. Denham is 2-4 when it allows eight runs or more.
There wasn’t much happening offensively for the Jackets, either, with Hughes’ solo home run being all Denham could muster against North Vermillion.
The Lady Jackets (7-7, 0-1) returned to District 4-5A action with games against Livingston Parish rivals Walker and Live Oak this week. Denham hosted the Lady Cats at 5 p.m. Tuesday at North Park before traveling down the road to Live Oak Ball Park for a match against the Lady Eagles at 5 p.m. Thursday.