Yellow Jackets cruise past Gents
CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents entered Tuesday’s District 4-AAA matchup with Iowa looking for revenge.
What they got was more of the same.
The Gents, shut out in five innings in the first meeting between the two teams, failed to score again in losing to the Yellow Jackets for the second time, 12-0, at Miller Stadium.
The defeat dropped the Gents to 11-10 overall and 4-4 in league play.
“I’m was very disappointed in our intensity tonight,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty, whose team gave up nine runs over the first two innings. “These guys (Iowa) beat us like a drum over at their place and we really wanted to come out and compete better against them and we just didn’t do that tonight.”
Things started off badly for the Gents when Iowa plated two runs in the first inning without getting a single hit.
Crowley starter Blake Thibodeaux struggled with his control, hitting two of the first three batters he faced while walking the other one. A sacrifice fly plated one run and the second run scored on a bases-loaded walk.
In all, the Gents gave up seven free passes in the first two innings.
Iowa took advantage of one walk and one hit batsmen in the second frame and logged four hits, including a towering home run to left field by Tyler Chapman and an inside the park home run by Justin Demary, to score seven more runs.
“We were very disappointed in our start,” said Doughty. “We had a number of walks early on which put us in the hole. You just can’t win like that.
“Right now, what we’re preaching to them is coming to the park focused and ready to play. We weren’t focused and ready to play today.”
Iowa added to its lead in the third inning when Phillip LeBleu drilled a two-run triple to the right center field gap to give the Jackets an 11-0 cushion.
The Yellow Jackets posted one more run in the fifth when Chapman drew a walk and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.
Crowley mustered just two hits off Iowa starter Gabe Roberts. Steven Bertrand singled to left field in the first inning and freshman Luke Ancelet singled up the middle in the second frame.
“We swung the bats better than we did at Iowa, but we still managed to get just two hits,” said Doughty. “But we did hit the ball hard. We had some line drives hit right at people so there’s not much I can say about that.”
Roberts walked four and struck out four in earning the two-hit shutout victory.
Thibodeaux suffered the loss, giving up four runs on one hit, four walks and two hit batsmen in 1 1/3 innings.
Freshman hurler Mackay Mouton surrendered eight runs on eight hits and two walks in three innings of work. Steven Bertrand walked two in the final 2/3 inning.
LeBleu, Chapman and Daniel Hennigan did most of the damage for Iowa, collecting two hits each. LeBleu drove in three runs, Chapman plated two and Hennigan accounted for one run on two singles.
Crowley returns to action Thursday when they travel to Church Point for another key game against the Bears. The Gents won the last meeting, rallying in the final inning for a 10-9 victory.
“We’re still very much in the running for the playoffs and we want to win out from here,” said Doughty. “This is going to be a huge game for us. We’re sitting at 4-4 in district and we really need to win the last two (district games) as well as the last two non-district games we have left. It would really be nice to have a little winning streak going into the playoffs.”
Thursday's game is slated for a 6 o’clock start.