Broussard hurls Gents past Northside Christian
Crowley's Pate Broussard
CROWLEY – With Crowley High’s Pate Broussard and Northside Christian’s Joseph Trahan on the mound Thursday, hits, much less runs were hard to come by.
The two pitchers battled it out for seven innings and in the end, it was Broussard who had the upper hand in the first day of action at the CHS Gilbert Tevy Memorial Diamond Classic.
The sophomore hurler limited the Warriors (0-1) to just one run on one hit and he struck out eight in guiding the Gents to a 3-1 victory at Miller Stadium.
“I was so pleased with Pate tonight,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty, whose team improved to 2-2 on the season with the victory. “You know, a seven-inning, one-hit ballgame ... he did a real good job out there.
“That competitive nature that he has as the quarterback, I guess that carries over.”
Northside Christian coach Lane Marceaux had nothing but praise for Broussard as well.
“Their pitcher did a heck of a job tonight,” said Marceaux. “His breaking ball was very good and we just couldn’t get anything going.”
Trahan was just as impressive in his outing. The Louisiana/Lafayette signee surrendered three runs, just one earned, on four hits while striking out six and walking none.
“We have the utmost respect for Northside’s program,” said Doughty. “And we felt coming in that Joseph Trahan was as good a player that we were going to see all year. I thought he pitched a great ballgame tonight.”
Trahan gave up just two hits in the first four innings before the Gents were finally able to get on the board in the fifth.
Sophomore Andre Larry got things started when he laced a single to center field to start the inning. He advanced to second on a ground out by Brett Hebert and two pitches later, Doughty put him in motion and the move resulted in the Gents’ first run of the game.
With the steal on, Jon Riley Mouton hit a grounder to shortstop and when the throw to first base wound up short, Larry was already halfway to home plate and scored easily. Mouton eventually crossed the plate on a squeeze bunt by Zack Breaux, who reached base on the throw to the plate. Breaux later scored on another error by the Warriors for the third and final run of the game.
“Joseph was cruising along until the fifth so we tried to start some runners to get something going and it paid off for us,” said Doughty. “We decided that we had to take some chances and we had to gamble a little bit because he just has great stuff.
“We were able to take advantage of a few little mistakes they made and that was huge.”
The big inning killed the momentum that the Warriors had just one inning prior when they took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Nick Martin.
“We were pretty solid tonight, but it was just that one inning that got us,” said Marceaux. “We made a few mistakes and they were able to capitalize on it.”
The Warriors had a pair of runners reach base in the sixth inning on a walk and a hit batsman, but Broussard got out of the potential jam by getting Dylan King to fly out to third base.
Broussard then sandwiched a strikeout between two fly outs in the seventh to preserve the victory.
Larry led the Gents with two hits while Breaux and Alex Ashby each had one.
Martin had the lone hit of the night for the Warriors.
Trahan, a power-hitter, didn’t have a chance to log a hit; he was walked all three times he stepped to the plate, the last time intentionally.
“We knew that if we were going to beat them, we couldn’t allow him to hurt us offensively, because we knew he could with one swing,” said Doughty. “So we pitched around him the first couple of at-bats and then we didn’t even take a chance in his third plate appearance. We just have that much respect for him.”