Crowley's Desselle achieves perfection
CROWLEY – Crowley High’s Justin Desselle had all the right stuff Thursday.
So much so that he was perfect - as in a perfect game.
Desselle allowed only two ground balls to the infield and struck out 13 in five innings as the Gents defeated Westminster, 4-0, in opening-round action of the Gilbert Tevy Memorial Baseball Tournament at Miller Stadium.
It was Desselle’s first-ever perfect game.
“Justin really looked incredible tonight,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty following the victory. “He was just dominant. He had the curve ball working. He was mixing it up and throwing all three of his pitches for strikes. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
Crowley’s offense production also was pivotal in the victory. The Gents banged out six hits, three for extra bases, off freshman standout Jalen Williams.
“Jalen really has pretty good stuff,” said Doughty of Williams. “He threw the ball well, we were just able to have some timely hits.”
Brody Deshotel paced the Gents with a 2-for-3 performance that included a double and two runs driven in.
Chad Hoffpauir doubled and drove in a run while Desselle had a double and Jake Trahan and Blake Thibodeaux each reached base on infield singles.
“This was definitely a big win for us,” said Doughty. “Like we tell the kids, every win is a big one for us. We set a goal early on that we wanted to win over 20 games and win the district championship and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Northside Christian was also a winner on the opening day of the tournament.
The Warriors managed just three hits but took advantage of six Iota errors to claim an 8-3 victory over the Bulldogs.
Northside led 3-2 after the second inning before scoring five runs in the final two frames on two hits and five Bulldog errors.
Jeremy Marceaux picked up the victory after giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks. He struck out seven in four innings.
Brett Broussard suffered the loss for Iota, giving up eight runs (three earned) on three hits and six walks. He struck out five.
Tim Monte, Grant Williams and Joseph Trahan each had a single for the Warriors.
John Simar led the Bulldogs with two hits and a RBI and Bryant Fantroy had a double.
In Friday’s tournament action, the Gents rounded out the four-game session with a 14-4 run-rule victory over Christian Life.
Tyler Dupuis picked up the victory, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. He struck out three in four innings.
Justin Desselle, Chad Hoffpauir and Brian Broussard led the charge at the plate, each collecting three hits. Desselle and Hoffpauir each drove in two runs while Broussard had one RBI.
Taylor Bertrand followed with two hits and two RBI and Brody Deshotel had one hit and one RBI.
In other tournament action, Iota defeated Welsh, 7-0; Rayne topped Westminster, 8-1, and Simpson played Welsh to a 9-9 tie.
Results of Saturday’s games were not available at press time.