Bertrand pitches Tigers to 12-0 win over Vinton Lions
By MIKE RIZZUTO
Sun Times Editor
After losing at home to the Welsh High School Greyhounds in District 5-2A baseball action last week, the visiting Lake Arthur Tigers needed a league win in the very worst way against the host Vinton High School Lions this past Monday afternoon, March 23, 2009 in Vinton.
Tiger coach called on lefty Aaron Bertrand to stop the bleeding, and the big lefthander did just that, hurling a complete game, 12-0 shutout win over the outmatched Lions.
Lake Arthur wasted little time in jumping on the Vinton squad, plating two runs in the top of the first inning to take the all-important first blood of the contest.
Bertrand mowed Vinton down in their half of the inning, and then watched his team add a single run in the top of the third to increase the lead to 3-0.
Vinton was unable to counter in the bottom of the frame, and Lake Arthur made them pay in the top of the third, plating four more runs for a commanding 7-0 advantage.
Bertrand cruised through that point on, limiting the Lions to just two hits, striking out nine, while coasting to the first league win of the season with a final victory of 12-0.
The Tigers ripped out nine hits in the offensive rout, as Justin Marcantel was 2-3, Jordon Marcantel was 2-2, and Todd Dugas was also 2-2 at the plate to lead the visitors in batting.
Durrell LeJeune and Adam Pharr each had one hit for Vinton.
With the win, Lake Arthur improved to 8-2 on the season and 1-1 in District 5-2A play, while Vinton fell to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Bertrand improved his individual pitching mark to 3-0 with the sterling pitching performance.