Millers cruise into Sub-Regional finals
By Chris Quebedeaux
LAKE CHARLES – The Crowley Millers are one game away from their first Sub-Regional championship title in recent history, thanks largely to the efforts of Matt Savoie and Coy Guidry.
Savoie went 6-for-6 with two home runs and seven runs driven in during the Millers’ 14-7 victory over Teurlings Monday while Guidry came in off the bench and logged eight strike outs in the final three innings to help close the door.
The victory propelled the Millers (25-1), who are unbeaten in the tournament, into Tuesday’s championship game against Lafayette’s Delhomme Drillers.
Results from Tuesday’s matchup were not available at press time.
“The biggest thing to be successful as a hitter is that you have to stay on top of half of the baseball and that’s what Matt has done,” said Crowley coach Timmy Robichaux following the victory. “What’s good about him is he can hit home runs but yet he doesn’t fly out a lot. He’s just seeing the ball well, getting the ball in the middle. What’s impressive about it is he’s hitting a lot of opposite field home runs which means he’s keeping that front shoulder in and really staying all the way through the ball on his swing.”
Savoie is currently the Miller’s hottest hitter, going 12-for-16 in the four tournament games with four homers, two doubles and 15 RBI.
Guidry’s performance was just as impressive considering he’s pitched in just two games this summer after being named the team’s Co-MVP last summer.
“I was really impressed with Coy tonight,” said Robichaux. “It looked like he was in a good rhythm. He wasn’t forcing anything. He had good fluid mechanics and he really looked good entering in the back half of the game.
“The thing that I’m most impressed about with him (Guidry), more than the pitching side, is that he’s stuck with it despite not seeing much playing time. He was such a big contributor last summer, but this year our team is different. We’re deeper, we have different players. It’s not an easy thing you know. We’re carrying 18 players and it hurts not to be able to play everybody. But to be this deep in the season and still have a full roster is a tribute to the players. We have good players on our team and Coy is evidence of that. To be the Co-MVP last year and not get a whole lot of playing time this year; to stay with us and come in and do what he did as a team player.... That’s what it takes to win is team players.”
Jake Trahan started the game on the mound and survived a rocky start to earn the victory. He gave up five runs on 10 hits and three walks through six innings.
“Jake just got a little tired there late in the game and started leaving pitches up but he did a good job of giving us a good six innings to be able to turn it over to Coy,” said Robichaux.
Savoie’s three-run home run to left center field in the sixth inning gave Trahan and the Millers an 8-5 lead.
The Millers added to their cushion in the eighth inning when Trahan singled and scored on a Ryan Leonards triple to center field. Beau Desselle plated Leonards on a sacrifice fly to center before Savoie struck again with a towering homer to left center field.
Leonards plated another run in the ninth on a single before Savoie drove in two more on a single to right field.
Guidry gave up a leadoff single to Tyler Girouard to start the bottom of the ninth before striking out Taylor King and Trevor Domingue. Tony Washington then singled and Bryant LeBlanc hit a two-run double before Guidry sat Jevin Huval down on strikes to end the game.
In all, the Millers banged out 19 hits in the contest to bring their four-game total to 53 hits.
Desselle followed Savoie with three hits and three RBI while Leonards had three hits, including a triple and a RBI.
Corzine and Trahan each had two hits and one RBI, Austin Robichaux collected two hits and Frem Reggie had one.
“The thing that scares you is getting a lot of hits the night before like we did,” said Robichaux. “A lot of times you come back the next night you can’t find a hit. And we got off to a little bit of a slow start tonight but then we got going. The hitting looks like it’s really coming around, they are having good at bats and they are hitting the ball hard.”