Gents cruise past Lake Arthur in summer league action
LAKE ARTHUR – It took the Crowley Gents a little while to get going Wednesday but once they did, it was tough to stop them.
The Gents pounded out eight hits and scored 12 runs in the final three innings to walk away with a 16-1 mercy-rule victory over Lake Arthur at the Tigers’ home park.
“We definitely didn’t start out as good as we would have liked,” said CHS coach Chuck Ashby. “We didn’t have very many hits in the first few innings. But we started to piece some things together in the next few innings and we really ran the bases well. We were aggressive and I think that’s how we were able to kind of pull away.”
The Gents struggled early with Lake Arthur’s starting pitcher, who logged four strikeouts in the first two frames.
“It really took us a little while to adjust to their pitcher’s velocity,” said Ashby. “He wasn’t throwing very hard and our starters really had a lot of trouble with him in the first round. You could hear them in the dugout saying that this was the toughest guy to hit this year because he didn’t have much velocity.
“But we did a good job of making some adjustments at the plate and we were able to get to him in the latter innings.”
Crowley hurler Luke Ancelet, on the other hand, was effective from the start and remained that way.
The senior to be southpaw worked the first four innings and allowed one run on just one hit. He walked four and struck out seven.
“Luke definitely had the best velocity that I’ve seen him have all year today,” said Ashby. “His control was good, his velocity was good and this was the best I’ve seen him pitch this year.
“His command was good and he hit his spots real well. He did a great job today.”
The Gents started the night scoring four runs in the first two innings but they were all unearned thanks to three Lake Arthur errors.
Ancelet bunted his way on base in the first inning and scored two batters later when Mackay Mouton reached base on an error to make it 1-0.
Jon Riley Mouton led off the second inning with an infield single and Pate Broussard followed with a single to right field. Then, following two strikeouts, Bubba Daigle’s flyball to right field was misplayed, allowing both runners to cross the plate. Daigle scored himself one batter later when Austin Duhon reached base on another error.
The Gents added five runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles from Ancelet and Duhon and two more costly errors by Lake Arthur.
The struggles continued for the Tigers in the next two innings as the Gents plated seven more runs on five hits, five walks and one error.
Matt Doughty had a two-run single and Brett Hebert drove in a run on an infield single in the fifth inning. Hebert also added a two-run double in the sixth.
Overall, the Gents pounded out 10 hits off of two Lake Arthur pitchers.
Hebert, Ancelet and Jon Riley Mouton led the charge with two hits each while Duhon, Daigle, Doughty and Christian Breaux had one hit each.