Cecilia edges Crowley in tournament opener

OPELOUSAS – Crowley High’s defensive struggles continued Thursday evening in the opening game of the Westminster tournament.

The Gents committed eight errors and logged just three hits in an 8-1 loss to Class 4A Cecilia.

The loss was the Gents’ sixth in a row, dropping them to 4-7 on the season.

“It’s frustrating and our guys are just down right now,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty following the loss. “Now we’re at a point where we’re just trying to stay upbeat as much as possible to try and work through this.”

The Gents fell behind early when Jansen Calais drew a leadoff walk in the first inning and scored on a groundout by Trevor Blanchard.

Two errors in the second frame allowed Cecilia to extend the lead by two more runs.

The Gents were able to hold their ground over the following two innings but a two-out throwing error in the fifth inning led to yet two more unearned runs.

“Right now, we’re just making too many mistakes,” said Doughty. “And it was a snowball effect. Once we made our first couple (errors), there was no stopping it.”

The error bug continued in the sixth.

Crowley gave up three more unearned runs on one hit and three errors.

Offensively, the Gents struggled throughout the lineup and managed just three hits off Cecilia southpaw Andre Huval.

“We didn’t help ourselves at the plate,” said Doughty. “We had three hits. You can’t win baseball games with three hits.

“To their credit, their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance. He wasn’t overpowering by any means, but he had a really good breaking ball.”

Huval picked up the complete-game victory after surrendering one run on three hits and two walks. He struck out eight.

Mackay Mouton suffered the loss. The sophomore gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks. He struck out four in 4 1/3 innings.

“I didn’t think Mackay had his best stuff today but he competed for us,” said Doughty of Mouton. “It was adequate enough to keep us in the ballgame. But again, offensively we didn’t do a good job and defensively, we just shot ourselves in the foot.”

Brody Deshotel accounted for two of the Gents’s three hits, both singles, and he drove in Crowley’s only run of the game. Taylor Doughty had the other hit, a double in the first inning.

Jean Angelle had two hits for Cecilia. Calais and Grant Godeaux each had one hit and one RBI.

The Gents took on Avoyelles yesterday but results of that contest were not available at press time.

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