Ville Platte Majors halted in semi-finals
By: LANCE REED
It was truly a game of inches when Ville Platte amd DeRidder collided in the semi-finals of the District Seven Majors Tournament in Ville Platte late Wednesday night. The last out of the game will explain.
The contest was scoreless until the top of the third inning. A one-out walk got things going for DeRidder. One out later, a batter was hit by a pitch. The top of the line-up came to the plate. Leadoff hitter Caleb Steech hit a bomb over the outfield wall for a three-run round-tripper.
Ville Platte responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Jacob Barnes slapped a triple to begin the inning. A single from Sage Manuel pushed Barnes home. Andy Lafleur hit the ball behind the runner at first base, allowing Manuel to score.
The boys in blue and white tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Wesley Fontenot singled and moved to second base on an error. He later scored when he tagged up and came home on a fly ball from Brandon Hudspeth.
The contest remained tied and had to go into extra innings. In the top of the seventh frame, DeRidder pushed a pair of runs home. Cory Pellerin singled to begin the inning and JJ Fashaw singled one out later. A double from Mason Baker pushed both runners home, giving Ville Platte DeRidder a 5-2 lead.
Down but not out, the VP boys came roaring back in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, J.P. Fontenot singled up the middle and then Barnes reached on a passed ball. The tying run was sitting on first base when Kade Tremie came to the plate. Tremie worked the count to no balls and two strikes. He blasted the next pitch to left field. It looked as if the ball was going to be out of the yard. However, the DeRidder left fielder extended his arm as much as he could and hauled the ball in with the very tip of his glove. The catch ended the game and Ville Platte’s All-Star season.
The Ville Platte All-Stars had a great season and should be proud of what they accomplished.
Congratulations goes out to Coach Smiley Fontenot and his team on a job well done.