Millers rally past Opelousas Indians
CROWLEY – For the Crowley Millers, patience was a virtue Tuesday.
After stranding eight runners, six in scoring position through five innings, the Millers finally got untracked in the sixth, banging out five hits and plating four runs off Opelousas reliever Curt McKissick to rally past the Indians, 6-3, at Miller Stadium.
“We had base runners on almost every inning, but we just couldn’t come up with a timely hit,” said Millers’ coach Chad Cradeur. “We were just stranding way too many base runners early on.
“But our pitchers did a good job of keeping us in the game until our offense was finally able to get on track.”
The Millers, improving to 2-0 in District 7 East, trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Church Point’s Tony Doucet sparked their rally with a single to center field to start the frame. After a stolen base and a strikeout, Taylor Doughty delivered an RBI single to right center field to tie the game at 3-3.
Doughty then stole second base and scored a few pitches later on a double to left center field by Alex Ashby.
The Indians’ aided in the Millers’ rally with a throwing error that allowed Ashby to score and after a bunt single by Mackay Mouton, Connor Goss delivered an RBI single to right field to extend Crowley’s lead to 6-3.
“We played very aggressively there at the end,” said Cradeur. “We were able to steal a few bases and put some pressure on them (Indians) and it paid off.
“Our entire lineup is capable of producing and the bottom of our order did a good job of bringing the top around which allowed us to get back into the game.”
The Millers’ pitching staff was able to limit the Indians to just five hits on the evening and just one over the final four innings.
“I thought our pitchers were very poised out there,” said Cradeur. “It would have been easy to kind of fall apart there with the lack of offensive support early on. But they kept us right there and they kept throwing strikes.”
Mackay Mouton got the start on the mound and surrendered three runs on four hits and one walk in four innings.
Mouton gave way to Mike Reed in the fifth inning and the Iota southpaw gave up just one hit over two frames. Andrew Janisse closed out the game in the seventh by setting the side down in order.
“Mackay was a little sluggish at first, but he got stronger as the game went on,” said Cradeur. “And then Mike came in and was great. His curve ball was working and he set up our closer (Janisse), who came in and shut the door.”
The Indians got on the board in the first inning when Logan Constantine drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a single to right field by Cody Arnaud.
The visitors added to their lead in the top of the third inning when Adam Hebert and Constantine recorded back-to-back singles to start the frame. Two batters late, T.J. Venable delivered a two run single to center field to give the Indians a 3-0 advantage.
The Millers cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the frame when Ashby, who was hit by a pitch, scored on a wild pitch and Goss, who doubled, scored on a double to left center field by Jacob Morvant.
Mouton paced the Millers’ 11-hit attack with three hits, including two bunt singles. Ashby and Goss each had two hits, including a double and an RBI and Doughty and Morvant each had one hit and an RBI. Doucet and Jon Riley Mouton each had a single.
Constantine had two hits for the Indians while Arnaud, Venable and Hebert each had one.
The Millers will travel to Oakdale for a league contest tonight at 7 p.m. while the Indians will play host to the Opelousas Seminoles at Westminster’s Crusader Field.