Gents clobber Rayne in 5-AAA playoff
EUNICE – With an automatic postseason berth on the line Saturday, the Crowley Gents did something they had done just four times during their 25-game regular season slate - score in double figures.
The Gents banged out 17 hits and scored a season-high 19 runs to cruise to a 19-2 victory over Rayne in a special District 5-AAA playoff game for second place.
The victory vaults the Gents (9-15-1) into the playoffs, which officially begin Thursday, while Rayne (9-12) must await a possible wild card berth.
In Saturday’s game, Rayne took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Austin Meche walked and eventually scored on one of Crowley’s three errors on the day.
However, the lead was short-lived.
Crowley responded in the bottom of the inning, sending 11 batters to the plate.
Tyler Dupuis started the inning with a single off the top of the center field wall before returning to the plate nine batters later and blasting a two-run home run over the left field wall. Chad Hoffpauir also drove in two runs on a single and Justin Desselle, Taylor Bertrand and Corde McCall each pushed across one run to give the Gents an 8-1 advantage.
Crowley added to its cushion in the second and third innings, scoring four runs in each frame.
McCall hit a towering two-run home in the second that cleared the flag pole in center field. Jake Trahan also drove in a run on a triple and another run crossed the plate courtesy of an error.
Bertrand plated three runs in the third on a two-out bases loaded double to right field. He later scored himself on a single from Dupuis.
Desselle hit a solo home run in the fourth to add to Crowley’s lead. Trahan then doubled in a run and Bertrand plated the Gents’ final run on a single.
Rayne’s only other run crossed the plate in the top of the inning when Dakota Broussard singled and scored on a ground out by Andrew Abshire.
Desselle picked up the victory, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks in four innings of work. He struck out three.
Desselle also led the Gents at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Dupuis followed with three hits and four RBI and Trahan had three hits, including a double, a triple and two RBI.
Bertrand logged two hits and drove in five runs; Hoffpauir had two hits and one RBI; McCall had a homer and two RBI and Brian Broussard, Taylor Doughty and Donavon Morris each had one hit.
Rayne collected five hits in the loss. Dakota Broussard was 2-for-3 with two singles, while Venable, Trace Duplantis and Myles Pryor each had one hit.
Crowley traveled to Breaux Bridge for its final regular season game yesterday but results were not available at press time.