Bobcats defeat Riverside 7-1 in Bayou State Prep Classic
By J. Anfenson-Comeau
MONROE – Eunice High wrapped up play in the Bayou State Prep Classic last weekend with a win and two losses.
On Friday, Eunice drew first blood in the top of the third, with Tyler Fontenot (triple), Stuart Turner (double) and Brett Baldwin (single) each driving in one run.
Sterlington’s big break came in the second half, when Bobcat pitcher Zac Person handed out three walks to Sterlington batters, loading the bases.
The pins were all in play for Steven Gandy’s grand slam home run, giving the Panthers and instant lead.
Another run in the inning allowed Sterlington to take a 5-3 lead.
Three more Panther runs followed in the fourth, as Sterlington took advantage of two Eunice errors to score three unearned runs.
An insurance run followed in the bottom of the sixth.
Clay Branton took the win for Sterlington, giving up two earned runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out five batters.
Person took the loss, giving up five earned runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two batters in the two and two-thirds innings he held the mound.
On Saturday, Eunice opened up tournament play with a 7-1 win against Riverside.
Eunice scored the first run on Tyler Fontenot’s sacrifice groundout in the bottom of the first inning.
Eunice scored two more runs in the second inning before Riverside got on the board with one run in the top of the third.
Austin Young scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth to increase Eunice’s lead to 4-1.
The Bobcats added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, with Kendall Sam scoring on a wild pitch, Tyler Fontenot tripling to drive home one run, and an RBI single by Stuart Turner.
Mitchell Fuselier pitched the win, giving up one earned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out three batters in seven innings.
Wrapping up tournament play later that day, Eunice dropped a 4-2 decision to St. Charles.
St. Charles lit the scoreboard in the top of the third with a 2-RBI triple from Grant Authement; another run followed in the top of the fourth.
Eunice scored in the bottom of the fifth on Jacob Fontenot’s base hit.
The Bobcats picked up a second run in the next inning when pinch runner Connor Cortina stole home.
After St. Charles added a run in the top of the last inning, Eunice threatened in the second half, but couldn’t follow through.
The Bobcats finish the tournament with a 5-4 overall record.
On Tuesday, the Bobcats host Lafayette at 6 p.m.
Over the weekend, Eunice hosts the John R. Young Tournament, which runs from Friday to Sunday.