Rayne rallies past Eunice for Pony tournament title
By Tom Dodge
Rayne scored two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and seal a 4-2 win over Eunice in the Pony finals Monday at the Eunice Recreation Complex.
Dylan Simon singled and scored on an American throwing error as Rayne pushed ahead 3-2.
Rayne added an insurance run when Dylan Soileau reached base on another errant throw and scored on a sacrifice by D. J. Petijean.
Rayne jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning aided by two Eunice errors.
Lead-off batter Nick Gossen moved aboard on the first infield throwing error and moved into scoring position when Cole Brock reached base on a misplayed ball in the Americans outfield.
The two scored on Jake Melancon’s shot down the third baseline to give the visitors the first runs of the contest.
Eunice responded with a two-run rally in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
Clay Francois drew a two-out walk and scored on Coleman Moullie’s triple to centerfield.
Mouille then scored when the toss back to the pitcher went past second base and the game would remain tied until the seventh inning.
The Americans did not put a runner on base again until the fifth inning when Ben Allison singled up the middle but was left stranded.
Rayne starting pitcher Cole Brock lasted four innings as he struck out seven, walked one and allowed two runs on one hit.
Gossen finished the final three innings and earned the win as he fanned two and allowed one hit.
Eunice pitcher Francois went the distance as he fanned nine and allowed five hits in the loss.
With the win, Rayne advanced to the 13-14 year olds state tournament in Crowley set to begin on Wednesday.
Rayne (4-0) rolled through the winner’s bracket with wins over Iowa, Westlake and then Eunice.
Eunice fell into the loser’s bracket with a 13-1 loss to Westlake on Friday, then defeated Iowa 13-2 on Saturday and advanced with a 6-5 victory over Westlake on Sunday.