Millers cruise past Oakdale
CROWLEY – The Crowley Millers proved once again that they are the class of American Legion District 7 Tuesday evening.
The Millers got another stellar outing from hurler Mike Reed and their offense did more than enough in a convincing 10-0 mercy-rule victory the over Oakdale Warriors at Miller Stadium.
“We came out with a lot of intensity and we never let up,” said Millers’ coach Chad Cradeur, whose team improved to 5-0 on the summer. “We were never satisfied during the game and we kept putting pressure on them.”
The Millers took advantage of some early errors by Oakdale to take a 7-0 lead after four innings.
The Warriors committed six errors in the first three frames and the Millers took full advantage by plating five unearned runs.
“We weren’t really pushed tonight, but we did a good job of staying focused and we did what good teams are supposed to do — put teams away,” said Cradeur. “We had some good at-bats, we put the ball in play and made them make the plays.”
The early cushion gave Reed more than enough breathing room
Reed, who was courted by Baton Rouge Community College head coach L.J. Dupuy following the contest, allowed just three hits on the night and struck out seven in five innings.
“Mike was outstanding once again,” said Cradeur of Reed, who is now 3-0 on the season. “Mike has earned everything that he has gotten this summer.
“He started out as a backup, worked his way into the rotation and now he’s become our go-to guy. He’s really come through every time we’ve asked him to step up to the plate or the mound. He’s a hard worker, he’s earned everything and I’m just very, very proud of him.”
The Millers struck for three runs in the first inning thanks in part to two hits and a pair of errors by the visitors.
Reed got things going when he reached base on Oakdale’s first error of the game and then he stole second base. Mackay Mouton followed with a single to right field and Connor Goss delivered a sacrifice fly to right to plate the first run of the game. Alex Ashby then singled in Mouton and scored himself on another Oakdale miscue.
Reed added another run in the second inning when he walked and scored on a single to center by Goss.
Oakdale’s misfortunes didn’t stop there.
Three more errors enabled Jon Riley Mouton and Tony Doucet to reach base in the third inning. Mouton scored on a throwing error and Doucet crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Taylor Doughty to give the Millers a 6-0 advantage.
Goss added to the lead one inning later when he tripled to start the frame and he later scored on a passed ball.
The Millers put the game away in the fifth inning by scoring three runs on three hits and three walks. Doucet doubled to start the frame and back-to-back walks to Doughty and Reed loaded the bases. Mackay Mouton and Goss each followed with RBI singles before Pate Broussard drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home the final run.
Goss led the Millers’ offensive attack with a 3-for-3 performance that included a triple and three RBI. Doucet and Mackay Mouton each had two hits and one RBI and Ashby had one hit and one RBI.