Bengals sweep Kellogg in three-game series

By J.Anfenson-Comeau

The LSU at Eunice Bengals swept Kellogg Community College of Battle Creek, Mich., slipping past the Bruins 6-5 in an extra inning before blasting their way to a 13-3 mercy-rule win on Wednesday, and then wrapping up with a 10-1 win in nine innings Thursday.

In the Wednesday opener, Kellogg scored one run on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning, and followed it up with two runs on wild throws in the top of the second to lead 3-0.

The Bengals got on the board in the bottom of the third with two runs.

LSUE tied the score in the fifth inning when outfielder Seth Granger opened the bottom half with a home run.

The Bruins retook the lead in the top of the sixth when outfielder Aaron Cieslak doubled deep down the left field line, and followed it up with another run in the top of the seventh on pinch hitter Jacob Labrecque’s base hit.

LSUE tied the score in the second half when Gabriel Thibodeaux and Zach Kirksey both took advantage of a wild throw to score, forcing the extra inning.

The Bruins managed to get runners in scoring position with two outs, but Craig Wallis struck out looking, ending the threat.

In the bottom half, Trey Watkins drew a walk, advanced to second on a stolen base, and scored the winning run on Granger’s double.

In the nightcap, Kellogg took the lead in the top of the fourth with three runs, but saw their newfound lead evaporate as the Bengals broke out for 11 runs in the second half.

With one out, Brook Boudreaux singled to drive in Thibodeaux for LSUE’s first run.

The Bengals scored an additional 10 runs after a second batter struck out, with Boudreaux doubling to drive in three runs during his second at-bat of the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Les Aulds tripled and then scored on Thibodeaux’s base hit. Later, Ryan Broussard tripled to drive in another run and force the 10-run mercy rule.

On Thursday, the Bengals scored first in the bottom of the second; Kirksey doubled to score one run, then scored on Broussard’s base hit. Boudreaux tripled to deep left center to score Broussard, then scored on Jordan Bourque’s double to give LSUE a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, Kirksey singled to drive in another run. He and Thibodeaux scored on Bruin Joe Fodell’s missed catch. Bourque later doubled to drive in another run, giving LSUE a 8-0 lead.

Bourque singled to drive in another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Kellogg finally got on the board in the top of the seventh with Bruin designated hitter Jordan Henika’s RBI base hit, but the Bengals retaliated with a tenth run in the second half, when Granger tripled and then scored on a passed ball.

Starting pitcher Chance Mistric (6-0) earned the win, giving up no runs on to hits, while striking out four batters in the first five innings of the game.

Today, LSUE hosts St. Charles Community College of Cottleville, Mo. for one nine-inning game at 3 p.m. and on Monday the Bengals travel to Wesson, Miss. for a doubleheader against Copiah-Lincoln Community College beginning at 2 p.m.

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