Gents fall to Welsh; Slip past St. Edmund

CROWLEY – There was good news and bad news for the Crowley Gents in their summer league schedule last week.

Crowley’s jayvee team dodged the locally inclement weather and dropped an 11-10 decision to Welsh’s varsity team on Wednesday evening and on Thursday, the Gents’ varsity club took a 7-5 lead after three innings over St. Edmund before heavy rains halted the contest.

In Wednesday’s game, Welsh carried a 9-5 lead into the top of the seventh, but the Gents rallied for five runs to take a one-run lead.

Welsh answered in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs to claim the victory.

The Junior Gents banged out nine hits against in the contest.

Ben Broussard led the charge with a perfect 3-for-3 performance that included a double. Kaleb Istre added two hits and drove in one run, Ty Abshire had a double and two RBI and Andre Larry also had a double. Christian Breaux and Pate Broussard, both incoming freshman, each had a single.

In Thursday’s contest, the Gents jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning courtesy of a two-run triple from Mackay Mouton and an RBI from Ben Broussard on a groundout.

The Gents’ lead didn’t last long, however.

St. Edmund rallied for five runs in the bottom of the frame when the Blue Jays logged three hits and took advantage of three walks off CHS starter Luke Ancelet.

Crowley cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the second inning when Istre led off the frame with a double and scored on a single to center by Jon-Riley Mouton.

Jon-Riley Mouton then took the mound in the bottom of the frame and held the Jays to no hits while walking one.

The Gents regained the lead in the top of the third inning by scoring three runs on two hits and two walks.

Bubba Daigle started the rally when he drew a leadoff walk. Alex Ashby also drew a walk and a bunt single from Ancelet momentarily loaded the bases for the Gents. But an errant throw from the St. Edmund first baseman to the pitcher after the play was over allowed Daigle to score from third and tie the game.

Mickey Morgan then put the Gents on top with a single to right center field that plated both Ashby and Ancelet.

Jon-Riley Mouton took the mound again in the third inning and got back-to-back groundouts to start the frame before striking out the final batter he faced.

The Gents pounded out seven hits in rain-shortened contest. Morgan had two singles and drove in two runs while Istre was 2-for-2 with a double. Mackay Mouton had a triple and two RBI, Jon-Riley Mouton had a single and drove in one run and Ancelet had a bunt single.

Crowley will be in action again on Tuesday when the Gents play host to Opelousas Catholic at 5:30 p.m.

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