Crowley Pinto, Bronco All-Stars advance to title games
CROWLEY –Two local teams, the Crowley Pinto Americans and Bronco Americans, remained alive through the opening weekend of Super Regional competition and were headed for championship showdowns last night while another Rice City team – Pony Nationals – qualified for Zone play with a runnersup finish on Sunday.
The Bronco Americans, bouncing back from a 5-3 loss to Erath on Saturday in the second round of the Super Regional at Neyland Park in Lafayette, battled back to make it to the finals of their tournament with victories over Iota (8-4) and CAYSI (11-0) on Sunday.
They took on St. Landry in last night’s finals, needing to beat the undefeated Opelousas team twice to win the championship.
Results of that game were not available at press time.
Against Iota, a team they were taking on for the third time in less than a week, the Americans took a 5-2 advantage after four innings before Iota rallied to cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the fifth.
Crowley added to its lead in the bottom of the frame with a single run before scoring two more runs in the sixth to seal the victory.
Collin Kirsch, David Frank and Will Doughty all saw action on the mound and limited Iota to nine hits.
John Hoffpauir paced Crowley offensively with two hits and Doughty added a triple.
Frank and Thomas Stevens each had a double and David Schmid, Garrett Cormier and Kaizer Lamm each had one hit.
Iota’s Kendrick LeJeune, Matt Dubose and Bryce Gotte each had two hits. Tristan Miller, Chase Doucet and Brett Spell had one hit each.
Against CAYSI, Devin Mouton and Hoffpauir combined to toss a three-hit shutout.
Frank, Doughty, Stevens and John William Lamm each had two hits for the locals. Doughty had a double and a triple and Lamm had a double.
Hoffpauir and Kirsch each added a single.
The winner of last night’s game advances to the Bronco Zone Tournament which begins Friday, July 29 in Tampa , Fla.
In other Bronco action, the Crowley Nationals bowed out of the Super Regional after dropping their first two games against CAYSI and Iota.
In Pinto action, the Crowley Americans had a tough road to reach the tournament finals in Loreauville.
The Americans dropped their first game of the tournament, 9-8, on Friday evening and needed four straight victories to make it to the finals.
They began their comeback by defeating Delcambre (15-4) on Saturday and then defeated Loreauville (15-6), Rayne (12-7) and Kinder (15-6) on Sunday.
The victories sent the Americans to last night’s championship game against the St. Landry Nationals.
The Americans, which had to beat St. Landry twice to win the tournament, automatically qualified for the Pinto Zone Tournament by virtue of reaching the Super Regional finals.
The Zone Tournament begins on July 27 in Shertz , Texas .
In Pony League action, the Crowley Nationals finished play with a runnersup finish in the Section I Tournament in Rayne Sunday and will now advance to the South Zone Super Regional that begins Wednesday in Crowley .
The Crowley Americans will be the host for that tournament.
The Nationals won their first two games of the Section tournament, defeating Kinder and Rayne. After falling to Jennings in the winner’s bracket finals Saturday, they bounced back with a 22-14 win over Rayne later in the day to advance to the championship game against Jennings .
Jennings won the title with a 19-3 victory.
Crowley, Jennings and Rayne now advance to the South Zone Super Regional that begins Wednesday at the Crowley Recreation Department.
In Mustang action, the Crowley Americans opened Super Regional play in Erath with a 10-4 victory over Loreauville Friday evening, but they came up just short Saturday, falling to Rayne, 10-8.
The Americans recorded a 12-6 victory over CAYSI Sunday morning before being eliminated by Welsh, 4-0, later in the day.