Millers blast Seminoles in makeup game
CROWLEY – The Crowley Millers continued their winning ways this weekend, picking up two victories over the Opelousas General Seminoles at Miller Stadium.
The Millers got it done the hard way in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to upend the Seminoles 13-3 in six innings.
The second game resulted in a Seminoles forfeit because two of their players had to leave after the first game.
“I was proud of the way we responded to being down early,” said Millers’ coach Timmy Robichaux of his squad’s rally in the first game. “We were finally able to put something together there later.”
The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Derek Stelly walked and scored on a triple by Caleb Roberie.
Millers’ starting pitcher Blaine Richard was able to avoid any further damage by striking out the next two batters, leaving Roberie stranded at third base.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the fourth inning when Mike Barron reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored on Nicholas Norman’s two-run home run to right field.
Again, the Millers were able to avoid a big inning, throwing out two runners at the plate on a grounder to the mound and a squeeze bunt.
Fortunately for the Millers, the lead didn’t last long.
The locals plated four runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-3 lead.
Connor Goss got things going with a single to right field and Austin Robichaux reached base on a bunt single. Eric Speer followed with a one-out RBI single before Justin Desselle plated another run on a grounder to shortstop that was misplayed.
Brian Broussard drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Richard pushed across the final run of the inning on an infield single.
The Millers added five more runs in the fifth inning. Speer drove in two on a single to right center and Desselle and Broussard each had RBIs in the frame.
The Millers put the game away in the sixth with four more runs on three hits, two walks and one Opelousas error.
Roberie suffered the loss for the Seminoles, giving up nine runs on eight hits and six walks in five innings. He didn’t allow a hit or a run until the fourth inning.
Richard picked up the victory for the Millers. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings.
Ryan Leonards entered in relief of Richard in the sixth, striking out four in the final two frames while giving up just one hit.
Offensively, the Millers racked up 12 hits on the day.
Speer paced the locals with a 3-for-4 performance that included five RBI while Desselle had two hits with one RBI. Robichaux and Goss each had two singles.
Richard singled and drove in one run while Leonards added a double and Payton McBride finished with a single.
Norman had a home run and two RBI for the Seminoles. He was followed by Roberie with a triple and a RBI while Brannon Hargroder and Cole Brock each had a single.
The Seminoles were scheduled to take on the Eunice Oilers yesterday in a doubleheader.
The Millers will be in action tonight when they play host to the Oilers at 7 in a game that could determine the District 7-East championship.
A victory by the Millers would clinch the league title while a loss would force the two teams to play again on Wednesday in Eunice.