St. Mary advances to Pony Super Regional title game
CROWLEY – Heading into the 2011 Pony Super Regional Tournament, Jennings appeared to be the team to beat.
With a potent offensive attack and a deep pitching staff, Jennings outscored their opponents 29-4 in their first two victories of the tournament before falling into the loser’s bracket with an 11-7 loss to the Crowley Americans on Sunday.
Not surprisingly, most were expecting a rematch between Crowley and Jennings in the finals Tuesday evening.
St. Mary, however, had other ideas.
After defeating Rayne, 9-7, in the first game Monday to reach the loser’s bracket finals, St. Mary erupted for 14 hits off three different pitchers to shock Jennings, 11-6, in the loser’s bracket finals.
So much for a Crowley-Jennings rematch.
With the victory, St. Mary advanced to last night’s championship game against host Crowley. Results from that contest were not available at press time.
Jennings, which was eliminated from the tournament with the loss, aided in St. Mary’s victory by committing four errors that led to four unearned runs.
For the Jeff Davis Parish team, the errors started early.
St. Mary loaded the bases in the top of the first inning and scored one run on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Hebert. Neal Theriot then flew out to shallow center field and the inning looked to be over when Chandler Delaune hit a grounder to shortstop.
But an errant throw to first base kept the inning alive and when it was all said and done, three more runs crossed the plate to give St. Mary a 4-0 advantage.
Jennings answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning when R.J. Lachausse doubled in a run before scoring himself on Tyler Theunissen’s single to center.
Jennings’ rally was cut short, however, when after loading the bases with two outs, Keagan Richard attempted to steal home and was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
St. Mary took a 7-3 lead after the fifth inning and scored a pair of runs in the sixth and the seventh innings to extend their cushion to 11-3.
Jennings plated its final three runs in the bottom of the seventh off reliever Grant Perry, courtesy of three walks, one error and two wild pitches.
Theriot earned the victory for St. Mary, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk. He struck out six in six innings of work.
Lachausse suffered the loss, allowing five runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out three in three innings.
Jake LaGrange paced St. Mary’s 14-hit attack with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double and three RBI.
Perry, Theriot and Cameron Stovall each had two hits while John Hebert, Chandler Delaune, Daniel Gray, Chet Aucoin and Seth Legendre each had one hit. Jacob Hebert drove in a pair of runs.
Theunissen and Cameron Pollard each had two hits for Jennings. Lachausse, Kaleb Chaisson and Keagan Richard each had one hit and Jimmy Lewis had an RBI.
St. Mary 9, Rayne 7
St. Mary rallied from a three-run deficit in the second inning and went on to a 9-7 victory over Rayne Monday evening.
Rayne took a 1-0 advantage in the first inning when Christian Morgan reached base on an error and scored two batters later on another St. Mary miscue.
Gannon Quebodeaux sparked a two-run inning in the second with a leadoff double. He scored on Nicholas Martin’s single and Haven Doucet, who walked, crossed the plate on yet another error to give Rayne a 3-0 advantage.
St. Mary responded in the bottom of the frame, plating six runs on six hits.
Cameron Stovall and Chadler Delaune each had run scoring doubles in the inning while Chet Aucoin and Jacob Hebert each singled in one run.
Rayne cut the lead to 6-4 in the fourth inning before St. Mary scored three more runs over the following two innings to extend the lead to 9-4.
Rayne rallied in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on three walks and two hits. They had runners at second and third base with no outs but back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout ended the game.
Delaune picked up the victory for St. Mary, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks in three innings. Theriot was credited with the save.
Bubba Daigle suffered the loss for Rayne. He gave up nine runs on night hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Offensively, St. Mary was led by Jacob Hebert, Delaune and Theriot with two hits each. Stovall, Aucoin and Legendre each had one hit.
Quebodeaux paced Rayne with two doubles while Daigle, Jacob Hebert and Nicholas Martin each had one hit. Ivy Thibodeaux added an RBI.