Gents top Sacred Heart in summer league finale

CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents started their summer league finale against Sacred Heart of Ville Platte Tuesday evening with a bang.

The host Gents pounded out seven hits and scored six runs in the first two innings to take a commanding lead in a game that had all the appearances of a blowout.

The only problem was: Sacred Heart had other ideas.

The visiting Trojans settled in after the first two frames and the Gents held off a late rally to bounce back for a 6-4 victory at Miller Stadium.

“We put six runs up in the first two innings and then we just kind of fizzed out after that,” said CHS coach Chuck Ashby. “But really and truly, it was our last game of the summer and my goal was to give everyone a chance to play so I put our subs in the game in the fourth inning.

“I don’t know if I pulled the trigger a little too soon, but it seemed like we just went cold real quick.”

The Gents went cold at the plate before the reserves took the field, however.

Sacred Heart was able to set the Gents down in order in four of the final five innings and limited the home team to just one hit during that time - a seventh-inning single by Jarred Stelly.

“It seemed like we were satisfied with the six runs in the first two innings and we ended up having to battle just to hang on,” said Ashby.

Jon Riley Mouton was effective on the mound early on as he limited the Trojans to just one hit in the first four innings.

But the Trojans were able to piece together a big inning in the fifth by scoring three runs on four hits to chase Mouton from the mound.

“Jon Riley was hitting his spots early and he was pitching well,” said Ashby of Mouton. “But he hasn’t pitched much this summer and in this sun, he got fatigued. He just ran out of gas.”

Alex Ashby took over for Mouton and worked the final two frames. He surrendered one run on two hits and one walk.

“Alex came in and did a good job,” said Ashby of his son. “He hasn’t seen a whole lot of time on the mound either, but he’s been working real hard with our pitching coach (Chad Cradeur) and, hopefully he’ll be able to give us some innings next year.”

The Gents jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of four hits, one walk and one Sacred Heart error. Mackay Mouton had a two-run double down the left field line to spark the outburst before crossing the plate himself on a two-out error.

Andre Larry did all of the damage in the second inning with a bases-loaded triple that plated three runs. Caleb Istre doubled to start the inning before a walk to Ben Broussard and a single by Ty Abshire set the table for Larry.

The Gents logged eight hits on the day.

Larry led the charge with a 2-for-2 performance that included a triple and three RBI. Mackay Mouton had a double and two RBI, Istre added a double and Ashby, Abshire, Stelly and Austin Duhon each had one hit.

“This was a really good summer for us,” said Ashby. “We were able to get some younger kids some work and look at our possible starting lineup for next year. It was a successful summer for us. These kids learned a lot and I’m looking forward to seeing these young guys step up next year.”

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