Iota senior pitcher Tristan Miller
Iota’s Tristan Miller tosses no-hitter in playoff opener
Tristan Miller was literally unhittable Monday afternoon in the Iota Bulldogs’ playoff opener against the visiting Abbeville Wildcats.
The senior hurler was dominant on the mound, missing out on a perfect game by one walk in tossing a no-hit shutout at the No. 30 -seeded Wildcats in the Bulldogs’ 10-0 victory that was halted after the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
The No. 3-seeded Bulldogs will now take on either No. 14 Loranger or No. 19 Union Parish in a best-of-three regional series beginning on Friday.
A victory by Loranger in their playoff opener yesterday would have Iota at home for the regional series. If Union Parish pulls the upset, the Bulldogs would have to travel for Farmerville for the second round.
On Monday, Miller was lights out on the mound. He faced just 16 batters and threw 35 of his 48 pitches for strikes.
Miller sat the Wildcats down in order in the first two frames before giving up a leadoff walk to start the third inning. He settled back in after that and retired nine straight batters, finishing the afternoon with one walk and five strikeouts.
The Bulldogs’ offense gave Miller plenty of breathing room in the first inning by pushing across four runs on three hits, a walk and an error.
Will Doughty led off the inning with a double. He then stole third before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Miller.
Deven Mouton added to the lead with an RBI single to left field that plated Hunter Wriborg, who reached base on an error before scoring himself courtesy of a wild pitch. Andrew Ashby, who walked, also scored on a wild pitch.
Iota applied even more pressure in the second inning thanks to three straight hits to start the frame.
Dakota Breaux and Trae Rambin logged back-to-back singles and Doughty then pushed across both runners on a single to center field that pushed the advantage to 6-0.
Things didn’t get any better for the Wildcats from there.
Kameron Aucoin led off the bottom of the third inning with a single and then scored when Breaux’s grounder to the right side was misplayed. Doughty then logged his third RBI of the night on a ground out to shortstop to increase the lead to 8-0.
The Bulldogs tacked on single runs in each of the next two frames.
Mouton singled in the fourth and crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Mouton. Then in the fifth, Doughty led off with a single and scored on a two-out single to left field by Mouton to end the game.
Doughty and Mouton both went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs’ 12-hit attack. Doughty had a double and three RBI and Mouton drove in two runs.
Miller, Lege and Breaux each singled and drove in one run and Ashby had a double. Rambin and Aucoin rounded out the offense with a single each.
In other Class 3A playoff action Monday, No. 1 seed Sterlington rolled past No. 32 Wossman, 11-0; No. 12 North Vermilion slipped past No. 21 Madison Prep, 6-1, and No. 13 Jennings knocked off No. 20 St. James, 7-1.