Gents cruise past Church Point
CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents have been driving opponents batty with their offense the last couple of weeks and that trend continued Tuesday when they pounded out 12 hits in a 12-2 District 5-AAA victory over Church Point.
The victory, coupled with a Notre Dame victory over Rayne, gives the Gents (13-9, 4-2) a shot to earn a share of the 5-AAA title should they beat the Pios this evening this evening.
“We have more of a gameplan when we go out there now,” said Crowley coach Christian Doughty after Tuesday’s victory. “We’re swinging at better pitches and hitting a lot of line drives and ground balls.
“That’s key for us. When we get in situations where we are hitting a lot of lazy fly balls, we just can’t produce runs like that. I think that’s been the biggest difference.”
There haven’t been many lazy flyballs lately. Crowley has recorded 85 hits and 91 runs in their last six outings.
The Gents have been equally impressive defensively, committing just four errors in those last six games.
“I’ve been real pleased overall with our defense,” said Doughty. “I feel like that’s where we’ve made a lot of strides. Earlier in the year, we were making a number of errors per game and now we’ve really cleaned it up. That’s how we’re going to have to play against Notre Dame to be able to compete with them. We can’t expect to beat them and make eight errors like we did the first time we played them.”
Doughty’s team played error free baseball Tuesday, giving up just two runs in the second inning on three hits and two walks.
Crowley starter Beau Desselle gave up just one hit after the second inning, a single by Derek Daley in the fifth.
Desselle earned the victory, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out three in five innings.
“Beau hasn’t gotten a lot of work in on the mound this year because he is so valuable to us in the outfield,” said Doughty. “But for limited work, I thought he did a pretty good job tonight. He did a pretty good job in relief in the Cecilia game and we felt like we’d go with him and see what would happen. We had Nick Hoffpauir in relief and we didn’t have to go to him so that was an added bonus.”
Desselle also paced the Gents at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Seth Beglis had two hits and one RBI; Mike Doughty drove in two runs with a double; Kyron Benoit doubled and drove in one run; Taylor Bertrand singled to drive in a run and was credited with another RBI on a sacrifice fly; Tyler Dupuis singled and drove in one run and Nick Hoffpauir, Jake Trahan and Chad Hoffpauir each had one hit.
Daley, Dexter Thibodeaux, Tyler Keowan and Tristan Citizen each had one hit for Church Point.
Crowley High will square off with Notre Dame this evening at 6 o’clock.
“We are going to have to come out ready to play,” said Doughty. “To be in this position, you know, we’ve had our ups and downs this year. But to be in the position this week to be able to possibly earn a share of the district title is big.”