Gents slip past Pine Prairie

EUNICE – The Crowley Gents’ banged out 12 hits to offset a subpar defensive performance and earn an 11-9 victory over Pine Prairie Monday at LSUE’s Bengal Stadium.

Crowley (8-5) committed five errors that led to seven runs, allowing Pine Prairie to make a game of it.

“It’s always nice to get the win, but I was disappointed with our defensive play,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty following the contest. “I was pleased with the 12 hits, but not pleased with our defensive effort.”

Crowley took an 8-2 lead after three innings, but the Gents made three errors in the top of the fourth that enabled Pine Prairie to score six runs and tie the game.

“We kind of fell to pieces defensively there in the fourth inning,” said Doughty. “That let them right back into the ballgame.”

After the inning, Doughty pulled his team to the side for a pep talk.

“We met as a team down the line after we allowed them to tie it up and I told them that this type of play wasn’t going to cut it,” said Doughty.

Fortunately, the Gents responded in the bottom of the frame.

Tyler Dupuis got things going with a one-out triple before scoring on an error. Brody Deshotel, who reached base on the error, later scored on yet another Pine Prairie miscue to give Crowley a 10-8 advantage.

Pine Prairie added another run in the fifth inning while Dupuis drove in Crowley’s final run in the sixth with a double.

Jake Trahan, pitching on short rest after throwing 4 2/3 innings against Evangel Friday and tossing 20 pitches against Barbe on Saturday, entered Monday’s game in the fifth in relief of Kaleb Cormier.

Trahan gave up no runs on no hits and no walks while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings to earn the save.

“We were in a situation where we could bring Jake in and know that we had a chance to win the game,” said Doughty. “I thought Jake pitched very well. His velocity was the best that it has been all year.”

Cormier was credited with the win. He gave up one run on one hit and three walks in 2/3 innings.

“I was pleased with the play of our younger guys,” said Doughty. “Andre Mills, a freshman, came in and laid down a nice sacrifice bunt and Kaleb did a good job despite just joining the team after a long basketball season. Our younger guys compete and they are not afraid to get after it.”

Doughty’s rookies performed well, but it was his veterans that paved the way offensively.

Dupuis, a senior outfielder, was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. He had a single, double and triple as well as one RBI.

Seniors Taylor Bertrand and Trahan both followed with two hits and one RBI while junior Chad Hoffpauir had two hits and two RBI. Justin Desselle, Corde McCall and Brody Deshotel each had one hit and one RBI.

The Gents will return to action Thursday when they take on North Vermilion in Leroy at 4 p.m. to kick of the North Vermilion Invitational Tournament.

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