Gents top Mamou; Port Barre slips past Pios
CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents entered Tuesday’s home contest against Iota on a two-game slide after dropping a pair of contests last week to Mamou and Sacred Heart of Ville Platte.
Fortunately, the streak stopped there.
The Gents banged out nine hits and took advantage of seven Iota errors to claim an 11-1 run-rule victory over the Bulldogs at Miller Stadium.
“Last week, we dropped two games so it’s always nice when you can come out and get a victory after a week like that,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “Iota did make some errors, but we kept the pressure on them. They mishandled some ground balls, but like I told our guys, if we hit the ball hard on the ground, good things are going to happen and we took advantage of that tonight.”
The Gents scored six runs in the first two innings, thanks in part to four Iota miscues.
The Bulldogs committed two errors in the first inning that led to two runs and then had two more miscues in the second frame that accounted for three more runs.
“You can’t win a game when you continue to hurt yourself and give bases away,” said Iota coach Tyler Chachere. “We pitched pretty well and we didn’t walk many guys, but we just couldn’t get outs behind our pitchers.”
Crowley added another run in the third inning when Pate Broussard drew a walk and moved up all the way to third base on a wild pitch. He scored on a groundout to second base off the bat of Ben Broussard.
The Gents put the game away in the fifth inning when they scored four more runs on five hits and three more Iota errors. Luke Ancelet had two RBI in the frame and Mackay Mouton and Broussard each drove in one run.
Iota finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Brennan Bobbett drew a walk and scored on a double by J.T. LeJeune.
The Gents were led by incoming freshman Alex Ashby and sophomore Ben Broussard who each had two hits, including a double. Ancelet, Mouton, Pate Broussard, Kaleb Istre and Austin Duhon each had one hit.
“We really did a good job of hitting today,” said Doughty. “We had some younger guys come through. It seems like they are getting much more comfortable at the plate and they are working deep into the count just about every at bat.”
The Gents also got a huge lift from Ancelet, who got the start on the mound for just the second time this summer. The junior hurler gave up just two hits and struck out four in four innings of work. Ben Broussard pitched the final inning and gave up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one.
“Luke did a good job tonight,” said Doughty of Ancelet, who saw limited time on the mound during the high school season. “He pitched early in the summer against St. Edmund and didn’t too well, but tonight he looked really good.
“You know, we definitely need a left-handed pitcher and he stepped up big tonight so we were really pleased with that.”
Iota logged just three hits on the night. LeJeune had a double while Mike Reed and John Michael Trahan each had a single.
The Gents return to action this afternoon when they travel to Eunice to take on the Bobcats at 5:30 p.m. Iota will also be on the road today when they take on Lake Arthur. That game is also slated for 5:30 p.m.
Port Barre 14, ND 8
Port Barre broke a 5-5 deadlock in the fifth inning and scored nine runs in the final three frames to cruise past Notre Dame in the first game of a doubleheader at Miller Stadium Tuesday evening.
Notre Dame, playing with a mixture of incoming freshman and a few sophomores, rallied in the seventh inning by plating three runs, but the Pios were unable to get over the hump against the Red Devils’ varsity club.
Jacques Thibodeaux led the Pios with two hits and Sam Veillon had a single with three RBI. Ethan Smith had two RBI and one hit while Shea Zaunbrecher and Connor Fey each singled in one run.
The Pios will be in action again today when they play host to Mamou at 5:30 p.m.