Errors prove costly for Gents in loss to Eunice
Crowley High shortstop Mackay Mouton tags out Eunice’s Andrew Lomas on a steal attempt Tuesday during the Gents’ 9-6 District 4-4A loss to the Bobcats.
EUNICE – A three-run outburst in the second inning had the Crowley Gents in prime position to take the outright lead in District 4-4A play Tuesday evening.
That was until the bottom of the frame, however.
The Gents committed a pair of errors in the bottom of the third and then two more in the sixth that allowed Eunice to rally for a 9-6 victory and throw the district into a three-way tie for first place at the end of the first round.
Crowley, Eunice and Rayne each have one loss entering the second round.
“The error bug was all over us tonight,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty, whose team’s four errors led to seven unearned runs. “It’s very disappointing because I thought we played very well in the first five district games and tonight I just don’t think we played like we’re capable of playing. We made too many mistakes in critical situations in the game and Eunice capitalized on them and scored runs when they needed to.
“You just can’t beat a team the quality of Eunice playing that kind of defense.”
Pitching wise, the Gents were spot on.
Ben Broussard got the start and lasted just 2 2/3 innings due to the Gents’ miscues. He limited the Bobcats to just two hits before giving way to Mackay Mouton, who also gave up just two hits in 4 1/3 innings.
“In Ben’s defense, when he got into trouble in the third, we should have been out of that inning,” said Doughty of Broussard, who was tagged with four unearned runs. “We just had some mishaps and he started missing his spots a little bit.
“It was just one of those things where we didn’t play behind our pitchers tonight.”
An error at shortstop to start the third inning got the Bobcats going and then with two outs, an errant throw on a ground ball to shortstop extended the frame and allowed two runs to score.
Wesley Hebert followed with an RBI triple to right center field before scoring himself on a wild pitch to give the Cats a 4-3 lead.
Eunice’s lone two earned runs crossed the plate an inning later when Andrew Lomas drew a two-out walk and Jake Sonnier followed with a towering two-run home run of the left center field wall.
The Gents battled back and tied the game in the sixth inning with a three-run barrage courtesy of three hits and one Eunice error.
Luke Ancelet doubled to start the rally and Mackay Mouton reached base on an infield single. The Cats then made an error at second base allowing Ancelet to score before Jon Riley Mouton recorded a two-run double to left field to tie the game at 6-6.
Eunice regained the lead for good in the sixth inning thanks to two more CHS errors.
A chopper back to the mound resulted in an errant throw to first base, allowing Brennan Ashly to reach base. An error on a fly ball in the infield allowed the eventual winning run to score.
Eunice added to the lead with a walk and a two-run single from Jordan Comeaux.
Although the loss was difficult to swallow, Doughty was proud of the fight in his team.
“We battled back and our kids have done a good job of keeping us in the ball game,” said Doughty. “We’ve had a few games where we’ve trailed late in the game and they have a never-give-up attitude and I think that’s going to help us down the road.
“Unfortuantely, defensively, we didn’t do our job tonight.”
The Gents actually out-hit the Cats 11-4 on the evening.
Alex Ashby led the charge with a 3-for-4 performance that included a double and two RBI. Pate Broussard and Jon Riley Mouton each had a double and a single while Mouton also drove in two runs. Ancelet added a double and Kaleb Istre singled and drove in a run. Mackay Mouton and Bubba Daigle rounded out the offense with a single each.
Lomas, Sonnier, Comeaux and Hebert each had one hit for the Cats.
Caleb Taylor was credited with the victory on the mound after scattering 11 hits and walking one. He struck out seven in seven innings.
The Gents return to action tonight when they travel to Breaux Bridge to take on the Tigers at 6 p.m.