Gents roll past Wolves in 5-AAA opener
RAYNE – The agony of defeat had plagued the Crowley High baseball team for two straight weeks.
During that time, the Gents had lost three closely-contested games and wound up in a tie in another.
Fortunately, the thrill of victory returned at just the right time.
The Gents, who had averaged just three runs per game and scored more than four runs just twice in 11 outings, put it all together Thursday and walked away from Legion Field with a 9-4 victory over Rayne in both team’s District 5-AAA opener.
“We needed this one bad,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty after the victory that lifted his squad to 3-7-1 overall, including 1-0 in league play. “I have to give Rayne credit, though, because they never gave up. Fortunately, we were able to put some runs up because we didn’t play well defensively at times.”
Both team’s defense was shaky at times.
Rayne committed four errors in the third inning, leading to four Crowley runs and the Gents committed two errors in the fifth, allowing two Wolves to cross the plate.
But in the end it was Crowley’s offense that paved the way. The Gents banged out 10 hits off Rayne starting pitcher Tyler Venable and one off reliever Dakota Broussard in seven innings.
“It was nice to put up some runs like that,” said Doughty. “And against a competitor. Venable gets out there and he gets after you. We were able to put the ball in play off of him, which I was excited about.”
Venable gave up seven of the nine runs in six innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Corde McCall came up big with two doubles and two runs driven in while Nick Hoffpauir was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and one RBI. Tyler Dupuis also had two hits and a RBI.
Donovan Morris, Brian Broussard and Jake Trahan each had a single and an RBI. Also collecting hits for the Gents were Justin Desselle and Taylor Bertrand.
Trahan recorded the win on the mound, giving up four runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out five in six innings.
Dakota Broussard paced Rayne with two doubles, a single and a RBI. Venable also doubled and drove in a run.
The victory, however, was short-lived for Crowley.
The Gents dropped a 4-3 decision to Iota Friday in opening-round action of the North Vermilion Tournament in Leroy.
Iota scored all four of its runs in the first inning, three crossing the plate on a double by Colby Wickman.
Crowley loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but failed to push any runs across, ending the contest on a strikeout.
Chris Andrepont logged the victory for Iota, giving up three runs on five hits and nine walks. He struck out six.
Nick Hoffpauir, Chad Hoffpauir and Tyler Dupuis each had run-scoring singles for the Gents.
Nick Hoffpauir suffered the loss, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out two.
CROWLEY – Notre Dame improved to 9-9 on the season and 2-1 in league play Thursday with a 10-1 victory over Crowley.
Alex Boulet, Meranda LeBlanc and Hannah Miller each had two hits and two RBI for the Lady Pios while Shelbee Hoffpauir was 3-for-3 for the CHS Ladies.
In other local prep softball action Iota defeated Westlake 7-2 to improve to 8-10 overall and 1-1 in District 4-AAA play. No other stats were available at press time.