Crowley Gents upend Rayne in non-district contest
CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents stepped out of league play Saturday and picked up a much needed 8-3 victory over intra-parish rival Rayne at Miller Stadium.
The victory sent the Gents to 5-7-1 on the season.
“We are pretty excited about picking up a win against Rayne, who had won several games already this year,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “This was, in my opinion, a very big non-district win for us.”
Although Doughty was pleased with the outcome, he still had issues with his squad’s defensive performance. The Gents committed five errors on the day that led to two unearned runs.
“We weren’t real pleased with our defensive play,” said Doughty. “We made five errors but still being able to win the game 8-3, you have to be pleased with that.”
Crowley made up for its miscues in the field with its offensive production. The Gents banged out eight hits, including two doubles and one home run, and also did a good job of situational hitting.
“I was very pleased with our offensive production,” said Doughty. “Also, we did a little bit better playing team baseball. We got a sacrifice bunt down, we got a sacrifice fly when we needed it. Just those kind of things to help us along.”
The Gents also got a stellar pitching performance from Brody Deshotel. The junior hurler threw the Gents’ second complete game of the season, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits. He struck out five and walked one.
“We were very pleased with Brody’s performance,” said Doughty. “He works hard and he was able to take us deep into the game.”
Chad Hoffpauir and Steven Bertrand carried most of the load at the plate, combining for five hits, including two doubles, one home run and four RBI.
Hoffpauir was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while Bertrand was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and one RBI.
“Chad had been kind of on a slide lately and it was nice to see him to hit the ball the way he did,” said Doughty of Hoffpauir who hit a towering home run to right center field in the sixth inning. “And Steven played the game very aggressively. He definitely gave us a spark when we needed it.”
Deshotel also had a single as did Mickey Morgan and Philip Artall. Morgan also had a sacrifice fly that plated a run in the third inning.
Rayne’s three hits were all singles by Dakota Broussard, Andrew Abshire and Dylan Soileaux. Broussard, Soileaux and Austin Meche each drove in one run.
The Gents will be in action again today when they play host to the Northwest Raiders in a District 4-AAA contest. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.