Blue Jays grab win over Eunice in junior action
By John Burson
The Eunice Blue Jays and the Eunice Junior Oilers got together Thursday night at the Eunice High baseball field to allow some of their younger players to get playing time.
Three members of the Junior Oilers were “traded” to the Blue Jays just for this game in order for the Jays to have nine players. The result was a competitive game in which the Jays came away with a 6-4 victory.
Both teams did suffer some defensive lapses during the contest, which at times put a strain on pitchers from both teams.
The Blue Jays took advantage of some shaky Oiler defense in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. The Jays had only one hit, a run-scoring single by Dylan Brown, but took advantage of four errors by the Oilers’ defense to score their runs.
The Oilers threatened in the bottom of the first on singles by Jacob Fontenot and Zac Person, but failed to score as Jays’ hurler Nick Richard worked out of the jam.
Both teams traded runs in the second inning. Lane David drew a walk, stole second, and scored on a single by Hunter Arnaud to put the Jays ahead by a 4-0 margin.
The Junior Oilers answered back in the bottom of the frame. Beau Leger drew a walk, advanced on a single by Connor Cortina, and scored on a single by Fontenot.
The Junior Oilers cut the lead to 4-2 with a run in the third. Person singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Trent Vidrine.
The Jays scored twice in the fifth to increase their lead to 6-2. Adam Wimberly singled and advanced when Brown reached on an error. Taylor Wallett drew a walk and Wimberly would score on a wild pitch. Brown scored the inning’s second run when Richard reached on a fielders’ choice.
The Junior Oilers attempted to rally in the seventh inning. Alex Lee singled and Landon Marcantel reached on an error to start the inning. Both base runners were eliminated on fielders’ choice ground outs off the bats of Fontenot and Brody Olivier, but Person delivered a two-run single to cut the lead to 6-4.
When Alex Comeaux reached on an error, the Oilers had the tying runs on base. But relief pitcher Brown ended the threat by retiring the next batter to end the game.
Richard earned the mound win with six innings of work. He fanned five, walked one, and scattered seven hits. Brown worked one inning for the save.
Vidrine allowed just four hits in five innings for the Junior Oilers. He walked four, fanned five and allowed only one earned run.
Olivier pitched two innings of hitless baseball in relief of Vidrine. He struck out two and walked two.