Millers bow out of American Legion State Tournament
LAFAYETTE – The error bug hit the Crowley Millers at the most inopportune time this past weekend and it proved fatal to their chances of a championship.
Competing in the American Legion State Baseball Tournament for the first time in four years, the Millers committed eight errors in two games and were eliminated from postseason play Sunday with a 7-4 loss to Abbeville at UL-Lafayette’s Tigue Moore Field.
A day earlier, they fell to Otto Candies (Hahnville), 7-6. In that game, the Millers committed three errors that led to four unearned runs.
“The errors are really what plagued us this weekend,” said Millers’ coach Timmy Robichaux. “We made too many errors and gave our opponent too many extra chances. We just didn’t play well enough to continue playing in this tournament.”
Robichaux said the Millers had no one to blame but themselves – especially in the opening game.
“We just didn’t come out ready to play,” said Robichaux of Saturday’s loss. “It all boiled down to laziness. We didn’t work up to ground balls on the infield and we didn’t run out balls on the infield. We had a few mental lapses that really cost us.”
In the opener, a pair of errors in the third inning allowed Otto to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
The Hahnville-based team added to its lead in the third when Connor Lorio doubled and scored on a groundout to first base by Dylan Keller.
Crowley got on the board in the bottom of the frame when Brody Deshotel singled in Connor Goss, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice.
After giving up another run courtesy of a two-out error in the fourth inning, the Millers rallied in the seventh.
Goss drove in a pair of runs with a single and Brody Deshotel picked up an RBI on an infield single with two outs. However, Goss rounded third base too wide on the play and was thrown out to end the inning.
Dillian Gilbert tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth inning after reaching base on a bunt single and scoring on a fielder’s choice by Luke Ancelet.
But the Millers gave up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth that proved to be their downfall.
The Millers plated one run in the bottom of the frame, but a fly out with runners at first and third ended the game.
Against Abbeville, the Millers suffered from miscues again, committing four errors that led to three unearned runs.
“You need to be playing your best in the postseason if you want to have a chance to go deep into the tournament,” said Robichaux. “And we weren’t at our best.
“Both of our games were winnable. We just kind of did enough to be in each game. We just couldn’t get over the edge or do enough to put away games or to get a lead and keep the lead in either of the games.”
In Sunday’s contest, the Millers led 3-2 after four innings, but they gave up one run in each of the final five innings.
Gavin Bourgeois led the Millers at the plate in the two games with a 5-for-8 performance that include a triple and an RBI. Goss, Deshotel and Mackay Mouton each had four hits. Goss also drove in three runs while Deshotel had a double and three RBI.
Taylor Doughty, Paiton McBride, Dillan Gilbert and Hogan Guidry each had one hit.
“We had a pretty good summer,” said Robichaux. “It wasn’t a terrible summer: We were right there in the Sub-Regional. When we make it to postseason play, we just have to play with more intensity and want to stay in the tournament.”