Super 10’s headed to Dixie Youth Regional
By: LANCE REED
The Ville Platte Super 10’s reached the finals of the District Seven Tournament with some great defense and perfectly timed hitting. They met Oberlin late Wednesday night in the finals.
That game will be highlighted in Sunday’s sports section. Either way, the VP Super 10’s earned a birth in the regional tournament. Which one depends if they won or lost Wednesday night. A loss would send them to Many for the North Regional and a win would send them south to Ponchatoula for the South Regional.
The VP boys hammered Sulphur 15-0 in their first game. Ville Platte collected a total of nine hits in the game and also took advantage of seven errors committed by the Sulphur defense.
In their second game, VP got an 11-0 victory over the All-Stars from Vernon Parish. Ville Platte scored a run in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Keaton Tate singled and scored on a double from Nick LaHaye.
In the bottom of the third inning the local boys blew the game wide open. Zac Lee drew a leadoff walk and Gabe Soileau reached on an error. A single from Noah Launey scored a run. Jacob A. Lafleur followed with another single pushing two more runs home. Jacob L. Lafleur and LaHaye both forced errors in the infield, leading to more runs scoring for Ville Platte. Bevan Dupre singled later in the inning, driving LaHaye home and making it 7-0.
Four runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule. Tate was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. He crossed the plate on a triple from Nick LaHaye. Zac Lee reached base on an error, scoring LaHaye. Bevan Dupre singled and moved to second base behind Lee. With two runners in scoring position, catcher Dylan Fontenot came to the plate. He punched a single through the infield, scoring both runners.
Ville Platte fell to Oberlin in the third game of the event. Oberlin scored two runs on two hits and two errors in the first inning. Pitcher Bevan Dupre did a good job of keeping the Oberlin batters off balance for the next two innings. Then, Oberlin scored two more runs in the top of the fourth frame. A hit and two errors allowed runs to cross the plate and increase Ville Platte’s deficit to 4-0.
The local boys got on the board in the bottom of the fourth frame. Jacob A. Lafleur walked and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Tate. One more run crossed the plate in the fifth inning for VP. Dylan Fontenot walked and scored on a hit from Nick Vidrine.
With the loss, Ville Platte had to win Tuesday night. They took on a very talented Moss Bluff team. They left it all on the field and picked up a 12-2 victory.
Jacob A. Lafleur got the night started for VP. He hit his first of two home runs in the first inning on the very first pitch he saw. However, Moss Bluff answered back in the top of the third inning with two runs to take the lead.
Ville Platte was far from out done. They rebounded with nine runs in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Lafleur reached base on an error and Jacob L. Lafleur was hit by a pitch. A single from Keaton Tate scored one run and a bunt single from Nick LaHaye reloaded the bases. Bevan Dupre’s single pushed another run across the plate. Noah Launey came to the plate and hit a triple that unloaded the bases. Dylan Fontenot laid down a bunt to score Launey. On the play, an error allowed Fontenot to go all the way to third base. Nick Vidrine followed with a bunt also, resulting in the same action. One run scored and an error allowed Vidrine to come home. When all was said and done, Ville Platte was up 10-2 over Moss Bluff after being down 2-1 the inning before.
Two more runs came home in the bottom of the fourth inning to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule. Tate began the inning by reaching base on an error and Nick LaHaye walked. John Christian hit into an error to lead the bases. Dylan Fontenot’s fielder’s choice scored one run and Nick Vidrine’s single brought home the winning run.
Look in Sunday’s sports section to see if the Ville Platte boys will head to Ponchatoula or to Many for the Dixie Youth AAA Regionals.