Late barrage propels Gents past Church Point
Crowley High's Ben Broussard fires a pitch to the plate during the Gents' 10-5 victory over the Bears Thursday afternoon.
CHURCH POINT – The Crowley Gents were in need of a “big” win after losing a heartbreaker to the Eunice Bobcats and Thursday, they got one.
The Gents banged out 12 hits and got a stellar relief pitching performance from Ben Broussard in a 10-5 victory over a Church Point team ranked in the top 20 in Class 3A.
They did it by rallying for nine runs over the final five innings to erase a 3-1 deficit.
“They (Church Point) are No. 14 in Class 3A (power ratings) and they were the district champion this year so for us to come in and hit the ball as well as we did was huge,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty, whose team improved to 17-10 on the year.
“The other night after the Eunice game, we stressed that we had to get production from five through nine (in our lineup) and today, we did.”
Andre Larry, hitting in the five-hole, paced the Gents with three hits and four RBI.
Luke Ancelet also collected three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two runs from the two-hole.
Mackay Mouton and Kaleb Istre followed with two hits and one RBI each. Istre also had a double; Alex Ashby and Patre Broussard also singled.
“Andre (Larry) had been kind of struggling at the plate, so it was nice to see him have a good day today,” said Doughty. “We made a little adjustment with him yesterday and I think that paid off today.”
Broussard took over on the mound for Bubba Daigle in the middle of the second inning. Daigle surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks before being lifted.
Broussard worked the final 5 2/3 innings and limited the Bears to just two runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out eight.
“Ben, by far, has our best velocity and we’ve had coaches tell us that he has a Division I arm,” said Doughty. “It’s just a matter of mastering a second pitch. Right now, that’s his only obstacle. As far as his desire to compete, I mean, when he toes the rubber, it’s on.
“If he can locate that second pitch, he’s very effective so I was very pleased with his performance.”
Tony Doucet and Zach Higginbottham paced the Bears with two doubles and one RBI each while Brett Richard had a triple, a single and two RBI. Andrew Boone rounded out the offense with a pair of singles.
The Gents took on Oak Hill on Saturday but results of that contest were not available as of press time.
Crowley rounds out the regular season with a 4 p.m. contest at Opelousas Catholic on Monday.