Rayne slips past Gents
Crowley High’s Luke Ancelet drives a pitch to center field for a single Thursday during the Gents’ 5-3 loss to Rayne at Legion Field. Ancelet led the Gents offensively with a 3-for4 performance that included a double.
RAYNE – The Crowley Gents made just three errors on the night, but Rayne made them pay for each of them Thursday evening.
The Wolves pushed across four runs thanks to CHS errors and slipped away from Legion Field with a pivotal 5-3 victory over the Gents.
The Wolves improved to 20-4 overall with the victory and took the district lead at 9-1 with two league games remaining.
The Gents, on the other hand, fell to 16-9 and 9-2 with only one district contest left.
“I’m just really proud of the way my kids battled all seven innings tonight,” said RHS coach Jason Bonin. “We had some big-time hits when we needed them and we got some big time pitching from Jaleen Reed and Tyler LeJeune.”
Crowley also got a solid pitching performance from Pate Broussard and Mackay Mouton. The duo combined to give up just six hits on the evening while striking out three.
The Gents’ three errors, however, were too much to overcome.
“I’m proud of the effort we gave tonight,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “We just had a few errors that cost us. If you take away a couple of our mistakes, we’re right there with them.
“But I was proud of our guys for not giving up. We continued to plug away.”
Rayne was able to strike first in the bottom of the first inning Leadoff man T.J. Bearb drew a walk and scored two batters later on a triple to the right center field gap by Hunter Keely.
Crowley answered right back, however, in the top of the second inning when Jon Riley Mouton logged a two-out single, stole second base and then scored on a single to center field by Kaleb Istre.
The error bug hit the Gents in the third inning and enabled the Wolves to forge ahead again.
With two outs and two runners on, a grounder to the right side of the infield was misplayed, allowing Grant Menard, who singled, to score with two outs. Ty Delahoussaye followed with a single to left field to plate Brice Meche, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, giving the Wolves a 3-1 advantage.
A throwing error in the next frame allowed Tyler LeJeune to cross the plate, extending the lead to 4-1.
The Gents pushed across two runs in the top of the fourth to make it a one-run game when Pate Broussard and Jon Riley Mouton each singled and scored on a pair of fielder’s choices.
Rayne followed up with a run in the bottom of the inning. An error on a bunt attempt extended the inning and Meche eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk to Keely.
Reed picked up the victory for the Wolves after surrendering three runs on seven hits. He struck out three in five innings.
LeJuene pitched the final two frames and gave up no hits while striking out two.
Ancelet paced the Gents with three hits, including a double, while Jon Riley Mouton had a pair of singles. Istre singled in a run, Broussard had one hit and Brett Hebert picked up two RBI.
“We had a lot of trouble with the middle of their lineup,” said Bonin. “Those guys were tough to pitch to. But they have a tough lineup. One through nine, they battle and they are some tough outs.”
Menard led the Wolves with three hits while Keely tripled and drove in two runs. Gannon Quebedeaux doubled and Delahoussaye had a single.
Broussard suffered the loss for the Gents after giving up five runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out one in three innings. Mackay Mouton pitched the final three inings and allowed one hit while striking out two.
“I thought Mackay came in and threw extremely well,” said Doughty. “Unfortunately, Pate wasn’t able to locate his curveball for a strike and I think that hurt his effectiveness.”
Both Crowley and Rayne will be in action again on Tuesday. The Gents will play host to Eunice at 6 p.m. while the Wolves will be at Beau Chene for a 4 p.m. contest.