Gents pound Church Point
CHURCH POINT – Ben Broussard’s role as a pitcher for the Crowley Gents had been a middle- to late-relief type thrower up until this past weekend.
On Saturday, Broussard was forced into a starting role due to shoulder soreness to scheduled starter Mackay Mouton.
The sophomore hurler stepped up and, as in his relief efforts, he didn’t disappoint.
Broussard surrendered three runs, all unearned, on three hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings to help lead the Gents to a much-needed non-district victory over Church Point’s Bears.
“Ben has worked so hard and we’ve always liked his velocity,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty, whose team improved to 7-11 with the victory. “He’s mainly been a fastball-only guy, but now he’s really getting control of a second pitch and we really feel like that has opened the door for him to do a lot more pitching for us.”
Broussard limited the Bears to just one hit in the first four innings and then gave up two hits in the fifth before being lifted for Luke Ancelet.
The Bears plated three runs in the fifth courtesy of a Crowley error.
“Ben gave us a great performance,” said Doughty of Broussard, whose longest outing of the season was 4 1/3 innings of relief work against Vermilion Catholic on March 12. “We probably left him in a little longer than we should have and they started to time him up some, but he throws with a lot of velocity and good control of his fastball. He throws a lot of strikes and that’s something that has impressed us.”
What was equally impressive was Crowley’s offense. The Gents pounded out 17 hits, including two home runs, off three Church Point pitchers on the day.
“We’ve been working so hard on the offensive end of the game,” said Doughty. “We take literally hundreds of cuts a day and hopefully it’s starting to pay off. I’m hoping that this is a sign of good things to come.”
Alex LeBouef led the Gents with a 4-for-6 performance that included an RBI.
“I’m really pleased with Alex (LeBouef),” said Doughty. “We moved him to the two-hole two games ago and he has really stepped up and helped us in that spot.”
Kaleb Istre followed with three hits, including a home run, and three RBI. Mackay Mouton also had three hits and two RBI while Broussard had a home run, a single and three RBI.
Ancelet added two hits and three RBI; Alex Ashby had a double, a single and one RBI; Mickey Morgan doubled and drove in two runs and Pate Broussard recorded two RBI.
The Gents return to action today when they entertain South Beauregard at Miller Stadium. First pitch for that contest is slated for 6 p.m.