Gents slip past Rayne in extra innings
Crowley High's Pate Broussard slides into home Saturday during the Gents' 5-4 extra inning victory over Rayne.
CROWLEY – Pate Broussard kept it close throughout the game on the mound and in the bottom of the eighth, with the bases loaded, the sophomore put the Gents over the top at the plate with a walkoff single, lifting Crowley to a 5-4 extra inning victory over the Rayne Wolves at Miller Stadium.
The Gents improved to 11-6 overall with the victory and more importantly, they seized the early lead in District 4-4A play with a perfect 5-0 record.
“I thought Pate did another good job of keeping us in a ballgame,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “And his bat has really come around. He’s really starting to swing in better so we moved him into the five hole and he came through with a big hit there at the end of the game.”
Alex Ashby got the Gents going in the bottom of the eighth inning when he drew a leadoff walk. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and then stole third with one out. The Wolves elected to intentionally walk both Mackay Mouton and Andre Larry to set up a force all the way around.
Unfortunately for the Wolves, Broussard didn’t give them a chance to do that.
Instead, Broussard drove an 2-0 offering from Jalen Reed down the left field line for the game-winner.
The loss ended a tough week for the Wolves (13-3, 3-1) who dropped a 24-21 decision to Redemptorist in a marathon game on Tuesday and then slipped past Eunice, 5-4, on Thursday.
“We had a really long week,” said RHS coach Jason Bonin. “We played a four-hour game on Tuesday and then we played a real tight game against Eunice. And then the day after, we have to play a decent Crowley team and we knew it was going to be tough just because of the emotional roller coaster we had during the week.
“But I’m proud of the way the kids battled.”
Rayne actually jumped out to a 1-0 in the top of the third inning when Brice Meche doubled and scored on an RBI single by Hunter Keely.
Crowley responded in the bottom of the inning when Zack Breaux doubled and scored on an RBI single to right field by Mackay Mouton to tie the game at 1-1.
The Wolves regained the lead in the fourth inning when Gannon Quebodeaux, who was hit by a pitch, scored on a double to center field by Meche.
But the Gents answered again, this time in the sixth inning, when Broussard and Jon Riley Mouton each singled to start the inning. A throwing error allowed Broussard to score and heads up base running on the part of Mouton allowed him to score, giving Crowley a 3-2 advantage.
Rayne retook the lead in the bottom of the frame on two hits from Grant Menard and Meche and a pair of CHS errors. A throwing error on a steal attempt allowed the Wolves to tie the game and the go-ahead run crossed the plate on a missed fly ball.
Jon Riley Mouton drove in a run on a bunt single in the seventh to tie the game again, sending it into extra innings.
“We knew coming in that we were going to have our hands full with a good, veteran ballclub in Rayne,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “They compete and they are never out of the game. They just find a way to keep things close and this was a big win for us.
“We’ve lost four one-run ballgames this season so for us to win one was big for our guys; they needed to know what it was like to win one of those close ones.”
Ben Broussard picked up the victory after one inning of relief. Pate Broussard earned a no decision after allowing four runs on six hits and 11 walks in seven innings of work.
“I was most proud of the fact that he (Pate) competed out there because he didn’t have his best stuff today,” said Doughty. “But he never gave in and he just kept battling.
“And I thought Ben did a good job of coming in and throwing hard. All we did was ask him to pound the strike zone and he did.’
Offensively, the Gents pounded out nine hits on the day.
Pate Broussard, Mackay Mouton and Jon Riley Mouton each had two hits while Ashby, Larry and Breaux each had one.
“Early on in the season, we were struggling offensively, but now we are starting to get some offense and that’s huge for us.”
Meche paced the Wolves with three hits while Menard, Keely and T.J. Bearb each had one.
In other local action, the Notre Dame Pioneers picked up a 7-2 victory over Iowa on Saturday while Northside Christian slipped past defending Class C champion Family Christian, 5-4.
The Crowley Ladies upended Northside Christian, 6-5.