Iowa rolls past Gents

CROWLEY – Two early errors led to four unearned runs and the Crowley Gents were never able to recover in a 9-1 loss to the Iowa Yellow Jackets Tuesday evening at Miller Stadium.

“Iowa is ranked No. 2 for a reason and we knew that coming in,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty, whose team fell to 10-13 overall and 2-6 in District 4-3A play with the loss. “We had some miscues early on and it’s hard to fall behind to a ballclub like that and then try to come back when you’re facing a really good arm.”

Yellow Jacket hurler Justin DeMary made a comeback virtually impossible. He limited the Gents to just one run by scattering five hits and striking out six in seven innings.

DeMary sat the Gents down in order on strikes in the second inning, all three looking, and struck out the first two batters in the third frame before Jon Riley Mouton rifled a single up the middle for Crowley’s first hit of the game.

“We stood up there early in the game and took several third strikes and you just can’t win like that,” said Doughty. “He (DeMary) did such a good job early on throwing his breaking ball for that first pitch strike so he worked ahead most of the night.”

Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a single by DeMary and an RBI single to right field by Austin Theriot.

The Yellow Jackets added to the lead in the second frame by scoring four runs on three hits, a walk and two Crowley errors. DeMary had an RBI single in the frame and Gabe Roberts drove in a pair of runs on a two-out triple.

Garrett Dartez added an RBI double in the top of the fifth inning and Brad Whittington drove home a run to push the Jackets’ lead to 7-0.

Crowley broke up the shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth when Kaleb Istre doubled to center field and scored on a single by pinch hitter Christian Breaux.

Iowa added two more runs in the sixth inning on three walks, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Dartez.

The Gents led off the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back hits by Alex Ashby and Mickey Morgan. 

The rally was short lived, however. Pate Broussard followed with a flyout and Istre grounded out into a game-ending double play.

“I was proud of the fact that we kept battling,” said Doughty. “I’m not disappointed. We knew that we were going to have our hands full and like I told the guys, we don’t have time to hang our heads because we have some big ballgames left.”

The Gents will travel to South Beauregard today for a 6 p.m. contest. They will round out district play on Saturday at Jennings before closing out the regular season at home on Monday against Opelousas Catholic.

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