Ville Platte’s Three-Peat sets dynasty
By: LANCE REED
There have only been three Dixie Minor State Tournaments in Louisiana. Thus far, Ville Platte has managed to win every single one of them. The VP boys cornered the market on the Dixie Minors; event with a 6-0 victory over Tioga late Sunday afternoon.
Ville Platte took on Monroe in the semi-finals and gathered a 10-1 victory. It was an eight-run bottom of the third inning that allowed the local boys to put the Monroe boys away.
Ville Platte fell behind early when Monroe scored a run in the top of the first inning. A single and an error combined for the only Monroe run of the ball game.
The boys in blue and white scored one run in the first inning and a run in the second inning. Dylan Doucet singled and scored on an error forced by Caleb Soileau in the first frame. Hayston Fontenot walked and stole two bases. He later crossed the plate on a passed ball. The RBI credit went to Tanner Dupre.
The bottom of the third inning was big for Ville Platte. Daniel Johnson and Jacques Fontenot each reached base on an error. A double from Kane Deshotel scored Johnson and moved Fontenot to third. Drew Ardoin walked to load the bases, bringing Conner Fontenot to the plate. Fontenot’s triple brought all three runners home and gave VP a 6-0 lead. Doucet collected his second single of the game and scored Fontenot. A double from Caleb Soileau pushed Doucet home and a single from Zachary Thomas moved Soileau back into the dugout.
The victory pinned Ville Platte against Tioga who had just come off of a very big win against Gonzales.
After Dylan Doucet and the VP boys got out off a jam in the top of the first and second inning, the defending state champs got on top. With one out, Zachary Thomas singled for Ville Platte. He crossed the dish on a fielder’s choice from Tanner Dupre.
The top of the fourth inning was crucial as far as momentum goes. Tioga got their leadoff man on base. However, the Tioga coach opted not to bunt the tying run into scoring position. Doucet would make him pay for that decision. The young man fanned the next two batters and got the third out on a ground ball right back to the mound. Then the VP bats exploded.
Drew Ardoin led off the inning with a single and Conner Fontenot mimicked that action. Doucet came to the plate and worked himself into a jam. He had two strikes and began to foul pitch after pitch. Then he really got a hold of pitch. He slammed a pitch over the left field wall for a three-run home run. The inning continued when Caleb Soileau tripled and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Jacob Dupre. Hayston Fontenot reached base on a single with one out and later crossed the plate on a single from Tanner Dupre.
Doucet got the win on the mound. He went all five innings and recorded 10 strikeouts. He scattered five hits, but overall was totally dominating on the hill. H was 2-2 at the plate as well.
In pool play, Ville Platte out-scored opponents 39-12. They defeated West Monroe South in the first pool play game. A 10-run second inning helped with the win. Jacob Dupre had a great day, going 3-3 at the plate with a double and he scored twice. Connor Fontenot was 2-3 with a double and he scored twice. Dylan Doucet hit a triple and Kane Deshotels hit a double in the game. Ville Platte won 16-2.
In their second pool play game, Ville Platte beat Union Parish 13-1. The local boys scored all 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning. Dylan Doucet had an inside-the-park home run and Zachary Thomas hit a triple in the contest. Jacob Dupre and Conner Fontenot combined for a two-hit ball game on the hill.
Ville Platte had to come from behind to beat West Monroe South in their third pool play game. The 10-9 victory came in an extra frame.
Ville Platte went down 4-2 and slowly got their way into a tie ball-game situation. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Tanner Dupre delivered the winning hit. His single brought home Jacob Dupre after he reached on a walk.