Eunice rallies past Gents
Crowley High's Alex Ashby takes a lead off first base during a recent game at Miller Stadium.
CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents were two outs away from clinching no worse than a share of the District 4-4A title Tuesday evening at Miller Stadium.
The Gents (16-10, 9-3) took a 4-2 lead over Eunice into the top of the seventh inning and they recorded the first out of the frame on a line drive to shortstop.
But then things went south from there.
Eunice struck for five straight hits and four runs after that out and the Bobcats then held off a late rally by the Gents to slip away with a 6-5 victory.
Eunice is now tied with Rayne for the District lead, each team with two league losses. Crowley fell to third in the standings with three losses.
“We were in it and we should have won the game,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “I’m just very disappointed in our pitching staff today; I just didn’t think we got the job done. You can’t give up 10 hits.
“We were able to put nine hits up and score five runs and that should be enough to win a ballgame.”
Mackay Mouton limited Eunice to two runs on five hits through 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Pate Broussard.
Broussard got out of jam in the fourth and didn’t allow a hit in the following two frames. But things changed in the seventh.
Scotty Bihm and Jordan Comeaux each logged singles to start the Eunice rally and Wesley Hebert doubled to left field to drive in the first run of the inning. Jake Sonnier followed with an RBI single to tie the game and chase Broussard from the mound.
Ben Broussard took over with runners at second and third and one out and gave up a two-run single to A.P. Sonnier before finally getting out of the jam on a ground out and a throw out on a steal attempt.
“They (Eunice) just kept plugging away and got the timely hits when they needed them,” said Doughty. “We just weren’t able to do what we needed to do to get them out.”
The Gents rallied in the bottom of the frame and cut the Bobcats’ lead to one on an RBI single from Luke Ancelet. But Bihm, pitching in relief of Caleb Taylor, logged a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the game.
“We needed just one more timely hit and we just couldn’t get it,” said Doughty.
Mouton led the Gents at the plate with three hits, including two doubles and two RBI, while Alex Ashby had a triple and a single. Ancelet had two hits and one RBI, Kaleb Istre singled and drove in one run and Christian Breaux had a single.
The Gents will return to action this evening when they travel to Church Point to take on the Bears at 6 p.m.
Warriors top Northwest
PRAIRIE RHONDE – The Northside Christian Warriors unloaded for 18 hits to cruise past Northwest Tuesday, 16-6.
The Warriors trailed 4-0 after two innings, but they rallied to tie the game with four runs of their own in the top of the third.
The Warriors broke the game wide open one inning later when they pushed across seven runs before adding two more in the fifth.
Northwest answered back with a pair of runs in the sixth inning before Northside put the game away in the seventh when three more Warriors crossed the plate.
Joseph Trahan, Dylan King and Bryce Gotte each had three hits on the day while Christian Morgan, Jordan Monte and Dillon Hayes each had two. Bradley Ancelet, Nicholas Zaunbrecher and Kenneth Earles rounded out the offense with one hit each.