Bobcats hold off Gents
EUNICE – The Crowley Gents’ bid to remain unbeaten in summer league action fell just short Wednesday afternoon.
Eunice’s Bobcats jumped out to an early lead and then held off a late rally to grab a 7-5 victory over the Gents at the Bobcats’ home field.
The loss sent the Gents to 2-1 on the season heading into next Tuesday’s home contest against Welsh.
The Gents trailed 6-1 after three innings before rallying for three runs over the next two frames to cut the lead to two.
They then got to within one (6-5) in the top of the sixth, but a double play thwarted any hopes of an extended rally.
Eunice got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth before closer Scotty Bihm got a pair of groundouts and a flyout in the seventh to end the game.
Eunice took a 2-0 advantage in the first inning on RBI singles from Wes Hebert and Brennan Ashley.
The Bobcats added another run in the second frame when Logan Dischler reached base on a bunt single and scored when Jake Sonnier, who reached on a fielder’s choice, got caught in a run down.
The Gents avoided any further damage when Bihm, who walked, was gunned down at the plate attempting score on a grounder to third base.
The Gents finally cracked the scoreboard in the top of the third frame when Alex Ashby drove home Ty Abshire, who had singled to center field, on a ground ball to shortstop.
Eunice, however, fired right back in the bottom of the third inning with three more runs.
Andrew Lomas gave the Bobcats a spark with a leadoff double and then, following a pair of two-out walks, Bihm delivered a bases loaded three-run double to give the Cats a 6-1 advantage.
The big inning didn’t seem to faze the Gents, however.
Crowley answered in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs thanks in part to three Eunice errors and an RBI groundout by Abshire.
Ashby inched the Gents closer in the fifth inning when he was able to reach base on an error and eventually score on a throwing error to trim the lead to 6-4.
The Gents looked to rally in the sixth inning when John Riley Mouton and Bubba Daigle recorded back-to-back singles to start the frame.
The potential of a big inning was quickly erased, however, when Brett Hebert’s bunt to the mound resulted in a double play. Abshire followed with an RBI single to center field to cut the lead to one but a grounder back to the mound one batter later ended the inning.
The Cats added a single run in the bottom of the frame when Bihm walked and courtesy runner Alec Trosclair scored on a wild pitch.
Bihm took the mound in the seventh and allowed just one hit, a single to left field by Ben Broussard, before getting Pate Broussard to ground out back to the mound for the final out of the game.
Eunice’s Kalum Fruge picked up the victory after giving up five runs on five hits. He struck out six in five innings of work.
Taylor Hanks gave up one hit and one walk in the sixth inning and Bihm earned the save in the seventh by giving up one hit.
Mouton suffered the loss for the Gents after allowing six runs on six hits and three walks in three innings of work.
Ashby gave up one run on no hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings while Daigle surrendered one hit in 1/3 innings.
Offensively, Lomas led the Cats with a 3-for-4 performance that included two doubles and an RBI.
Bihm added a double and three RBI while Hebert singled and drove in one. Ashley and Dischler rounded out the offense with one hit each.
Crowley was paced by Abshire with two hits and two RBI. Mouton, Daigle, Luke Ancelet, Ben Broussard and Pate Broussard each had one hit in the loss.