Gents hammer Rams in 4-3A tilt

WESTLAKE – The Crowley Gents broke out the big sticks Monday.

The Gents, making up a rainout against District 4-3A foe Westlake, pounded out 16 hits, seven for extra bases, and cruised to an impressive 18-4 victory over the homestanding Rams.

The victory sent the Gents to 6-9 overall and 1-1 in district play.

“I knew we had a bunch of guys with multiple hits, but I didn’t know exactly how many we had,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty following the victory. “It’s always a blessing when you’re coming out on the road in a big district game and you swing it they way we did tonight.

“We started out league play 0-1 and we needed to get at W so this was a big one for us. Westlake is not a bad team and they do hit the ball well. Tonight was just our night.”

Five of Crowley ’s seven extra base hits came with runners in scoring position.

Taylor Doughty doubled in a run in the third inning, a frame in which the Gents hit three doubles. Kaleb Cormier then stepped to the plate with the bases loaded but two wild pitches and a passed ball cleared the bags before Cormier delivered a double down the left field line. Luke Ancelet also doubled during the six-run inning.

Mackay Mouton doubled in a run in the fourth and Brody Deshotel had a run-scoring double in the fifth.

Bradley Ancelet followed with a run-scoring double in the sixth inning and Cormier plated two more runs with a triple to straight away center field.

“Any time you get extra base hits like that, you can’t ask for much more than that,” said Doughty. “And we had several in situations where we had a runner on second base. You hit a double like that and it makes things easier on your pitching staff for sure.”

The Gents’ offense gave starting pitcher Taylor Doughty a 9-1 cushion after three innings before he was lifted for Kaleb Istre.

Doughty was credited with the victory after giving up one run on no hits and one walk. He struck out three.

“Our goal was to just get up there and pound the strike zone,” said coach Doughty. “We’re not going to try and pitch around any one. We’re just going to throw it up there and see what happens. They put the ball in play and we played pretty solid defensively.”

Istre worked the final three frames and gave up three runs on four hits.

“I thought Kaleb did a real good job,” said Doughty of Istre. “Any time you bring a sophomore pitcher into a big district game...he gave up a home run but the way he responded was very positive. He got back up there and threw strikes and I was very pleased with his performance.”

Doughty, Deshotel and Bradley Ancelet paced the Gents with three hits each, including a double and an RBI. Cormier added a double, a triple and two RBI while Mouton and Luke Ancelet each had two hits, including a double and an RBI. Mickey Morgan rounded out the offensive onslaught with one hit and three RBI.

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