Vermilion Catholic slips past Crowley in extra innings

CROWLEY – Missed opportunities and a late defensive collapse proved costly for the Crowley Gents Wednesday afternoon at Miller Stadium.

The Gents (4-7) failed to capitalize on early scoring opportunities, leaving seven runners stranded through seven innings, and then fell apart defensively in the eighth inning, committing three errors in the extra frame as Vermilion Catholic rallied for a 5-1 victory.

“We had a lot of missed opportunities tonight,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty following the loss. “I never look at it as one inning cost us a ballgame. We did not play well in the eighth inning, but it was the little things that we didn’t do throughout the game that I felt like cost us.”

The Gents had numerous opportunities to plate runs throughout the game, but a lack of timely hitting as well as base running mistakes thwarted potential big innings for the home team.

The Gents left three runners stranded in the first two innings, two in scoring position, and had a runner thrown out at the plate in the third frame to end the inning.

“We haven’t done of good job of stringing hits together this year,” said Doughty. “That’s why, when we do get consecutive hits, with two outs, we’re running. They’re going to have to throw us out at home because we just don’t do a good job of stringing along hits.

”If we have back-to-back hits and have a chance to score a man, he’s got to go. That’s just the nature of it.”

With the score tied at 1-1, the Gents threatened in the fourth when Taylor Doughty reached base on an infield single and Brody Deshotel doubled to left field. Then with one out, Steven Bertrand was intentionally walked to load the bases. Mickey Morgan’s chopper to third base allowed Vermilion Catholic to cut a run down at the plate for the second out.

Two pitches later, Eagles’ catcher Aaron David caught Deshotel straying too far off third base and picked him off to end the inning.

“We just didn’t capitalize in situations where we had runners in scoring position,” said Doughty. “You have to score runs when you’re in that position (bases loaded and one out). Having a base running mistake in that critical time of the game was huge.”

Taylor Doughty kept the Gents in position to get the victory. He scattered seven hits and walked four through seven innings before giving way to freshman Bradly Ancelet in the eighth.

Ancelet gave up just one hit and one walk, but the Gents committed three errors that led to four unearned runs in the frame.

“I thought we did a lot of good things,” said coach Doughty. “I thought Taylor pitched well enough to keep us in the game. They (VC) were never able to string a lot together as far as runs were concerned. We got out of a few big innings where they had runners in scoring position. I am just disappointed in our overall play.”

Deshotel paced the Gents with three hits, including a double, and Morgan followed with two hits. Kaleb Cormier had a double, Bertrand added a RBI single and Doughty rounded out the offense with a single.

The Eagles had eight hits on the day. Blair Landry led the charge with three hits while Hayden Ryder and Ryan Domingue each had a single and a RBI. Derek Broussard added a double and Stephan Guidry and Etienne Trahan each had a single.

Crowley took on Cecilia yesterday in the first game of the Westminster Tournament but results were not available at press time. The Gents return to action Saturday morning when they round out tournament play against Avoyelles at 9 a.m.

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