Wolves grab district title with win over Opelousas
Rayne High senior baseball players were honored during the last regular game of the 2013-2014 baseball season Thursday at Rayne's Gossen Memorial Park. Taking part in the introductions were, from left, assistant coach Jacques Bonin, seniors Ty Delahoussaye, Grant Menard, Matt Doré, Kameron Falcon, Tyler LeJeune, and head coach Jason Bonin. Absent from photo is assistant coach Randy Judice. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)
By Lisa Soileaux
RAYNE - The Rayne High Wolves entered their last district game of the 2014 season against Opelousas Thursday positioned at No. 6 in state rankings and poised to take home a district crown, the school’s first since the shuffle over to 4-AAA this school year.
Behind a strong effort on the mound by freshmen Jaylen Reed and a consistent showing at the plate by the Wolf offense, Rayne collected an 8-4 win and the 4-4A district crown, their first in seven long years.
“Even though we were out of our routine with school being out, we showed up and banged out a some hits for the win,” stated Rayne head coach Jason Bonin.
Bonin continued, “We were a little undisplined at the plate, kinda hurried, a little slower than we like it. But, we collected ourselves and pulled out a big win for the district title. I’m really glad for our guys.”
Rayne finished up their 2014 season with a 10-2 district slate and an overall count of 22-5. As of Monday’s power rankings, they sat at the No. 6 position, poised for a good run at post season.
Entering the playoffs as the top team out of 4-4A, the Wolves will claim a first-round home game on familiar territory in front of a welcoming home crowd.
“We really don’t know who we will face right now,” noted Bonin on their opponent next week. “There’s still teams with games to play until Monday. We will just have to wait and see.”
“I just hope our rankings stay up there,” he continued. “Our numbers have been up and down from one game to another. You just never know.”
Opelousas batters were held at bay with a strong showing by freshman hurler Jaylen Reed, who recorded six strikeouts and allowed three walks and nine hits in six innings.
“Jaylen has really helped out our pitching rotation,” noted Bonin on his newest member of his pitching staff. “He has a couple of good pitches and fires a good fast ball -- can’t beat that in a freshman.”
Rayne senior Ty Delahoussaye completed the game for the Wolves as he closed out the final inning with a strikeout and hit.
TJ Bearb led Rayne hitters with three hits on the day including a double, run and two RBI’s.
Hunter Keely was 2-for-4 during the win with a run and RBI, while teammates Grant Abshire, Blase Meche, Grant Menard and Brice Meche each collected hits, as well.
Delahoussaye and Reed also donated towards the Rayne offense each recording a hit with Reed touching home for two runs and Delahoussaye slapping a triple.
State brackets will be released Tuesday, April 29, with the state tournament set for May 15-17 at McMurry Park in Sulphur.