Rayne slides by Pearl River for bi-district win
Rayne's Hunter Keely fires in a pitch Thursday as he collected a 3-2 bi-district win on the mound over Pearl River in the state baseball playoffs. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)
Wolf Ty Delahoussaye touches first on a close play during Rayne's 3-2 bi-district win over Pearl River. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)
By Lisa Soileaux
RAYNE - Not only did Rayne High’s Hunter Keely pitch a winning game Thursday as the Wolves captured a come from behind win over Pearl River in the bi-district round of the 2014 state baseball playoffs, but he also drove in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the last inning for a 3-2 win.
The win advanced the No. 8-ranked Wolves to the regional round of the playoffs and are now slated to host No. 9-ranked Tioga on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Tioga advanced in bi-district play with a 15-4 win over Loyola Prep.
“We pulled out a close one,” stated Rayne Head Coach Jason Bonin on Thursday’s bi-district win. “We got guys on base, but just couldn’t advance them. I’m glad we came through when we did and just glad we walked away with the win.”
With runners on second and third with the scored knotted at two with two outs, Ty Delahoussaye scored the winning run on a Hunter Keely single for the win. Keely’s slow-moving hit to the left side of the infield gave runners enough time to advance while he was safe at first as the first baseman was pulled off the bag with a wide throw.
Also collecting hits for the Wolves were TJ Bearb, Tyler LeJeune, Grant Abshire, Brice Meche, and Grant Menard who also slapped in a RBI triple in the fifth.
In the win, Kelly recorded 10 strikeouts while allowing four hits and six walks.
"Looks like we have jelled when we had to," notes Bonin of his Wolves' crucial wins when needed. "Our guys have stepped it up and produced wins when we needed it. I just wish it wasn't so close like it was tonight -- that was crazy."