Gents slide past No. 4 Panthers in tourney opener

CROWLEY – For 6 2/3 innings, Catholic High pitcher Thomas Theriot dominated the Crowley Gents in the opening game of the Notre Dame Invitational Tournament at Miller Stadium.

Theriot gave up just one hit in the first six innings and had the Gents down to their final out in the seventh inning of a 1-0 contest.

That’s when the wheels fell off for Theriot and Class AAA’s No. 4-ranked Panthers.

Crowley banged out three straight two-out hits off Theriot to take a thrilling 2-1 victory and improve to 2-0 on the season.

“That was a great comeback for us,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “To string three hits together in that inning was huge. We had struggled early and to come up big like that was really nice.

“It was a big emotional win for us because it shows our kids that we are capable of beating someone that is a top caliber team.”

Catholic took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh when Kyle Duhe reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch.

The Gents responded in the bottom of the frame when Tyler Dupuis drilled a two-out double to right center field and scored on Justin Desselle’s triple to straight away center. Brian Broussard then singled to right driving in Desselle to win the game.

Broussard picked up the victory after relieving starter Jake Trahan with two outs in the seventh inning. He walked two.

Trahan got the no decision after working 6 2/3 innings. He scattered six hits and walked one while striking out seven.

“Jake pitched a good game today,” said Doughty. “We had a couple of times where we had some runners get on early in the inning and we were able to get out of it with some good defensive plays and hold them down.

“Jake always competes hard and we always feel like we have a shot to win with him on the mound.”

In other tournament action, Notre Dame kept Catholic High winless on the afternoon with an 8-0 victory over the Panthers in the middle game of the triple header.

Ryan Leonards picked up his second victory of the season with a one-hit shutout. He struck out 10.

Leonards was also a force at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs driven in. Luke Bourgeois followed with two hits, including a double and two RBI.

Austin Robichaux also had two hits and one RBI while Connor Goss had a single and a RBI.

Catholic’s Zack LeJeune logged the only hit off Leonards, a leadoff double in the second inning.

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