Gators cruise to 11-1 win
Sat. March 17, 2012 at 12:14 a.m. | By Chris Singleton/Staff Writer
Houma Christian's pitchers committed a costly recurring error during Friday's Terrebonne Parish Challenge game against South Terrebonne.
The two Warriors pitchers (starter Tyler Crochet and reliever Cody Collie) combined to give up seven hit batters and six walks.
With runners on base constantly during the game, it didn't take South Terrebonne long to make the Warriors pay for it.
Thanks to a six-run third inning, the Gators rolled to a 11-1 victory over Houma Christian at Southland Field. The game was called in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
After Houma Christian (7-7 overall) went up 1-0 in the first inning, it was all Gators afterward. South Terrebonne (12-5) scored six runs in the third inning, a run in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth inning.
South Terrebonne coach Nathan Cotten said the Gators have started slow in games this season, but they improved as the game went on.
"We may get down early, but I think we've been pretty patient staying within ourselves and not press," Cotten said. "And then we'll open up a big inning. I think we wouldn't have those big innings if we weren't pressing, and I think we've stayed relaxed and just waited to come back."
Crochet (three innings, eight hits, six earned runs, three walks and two hit batters) took the loss for Houma Christian, while Collie (two innings, three hits, five runs, two walks, three hit batters) came in as relief.
Houma Christian coach Chuck Battaglia said the Warriors didn't do themselves a favor by putting Gators' runners on the base.
"Anytime you start out giving up runners on base, it puts you in a hole early," Battaglia said. They did a good job of executing when they had to. Anytime you give up big innings, it always comes back to hurt you."
In the top of the first inning, the Warriors went up 1-0 when a RBI single from Jacob Mathieu. The Gators answered back in the bottom half of the first when James LeBlanc hit a RBI double to tie the score.
Houma Christian started to help South Terrebonne's offense out in the third inning. With two batters reaching based due to being hit by a pitch, the Gators loaded the bases and got a two-run single from Seth Cadiere (4-for-4, four RBIs) to go up 3-1.
Zachary LeBouef added a two-run double along the left field line to make it 5-1, and Cullen Bergeron and LeBouef both later scored on a wild pitch errors to make it 7-1 South Terrebonne.
Cotten said falling behind 1-0 early served as a wake-up call for the Gators.
"We have to take every opponent as the same," Cotten said. "Houma Christian came out and put some hits together. I think it did kind of wake us up."
The Gators went up 8-1 on a sacrifice fly RBI by Cadiere in the fourth inning, and they sealed the win in the fifth inning with a RBI double from Britt Pellegrin and a RBI single from Cadiere.
Battaglia said the Warriors struggled to carry their momentum in the first inning throughout the rest of the game.
"We came out playing well," he said. "We've been doing that the last couple of games. It's not until the middle innings where we started walking a few batters. South Terrebonne did a great job of finishing it up and getting hits (Friday)."
Dakota Durkes led the Warriors at the plate by going 2-for-3.
Kurt Arceneaux got the win on the mound in 4 1/3 innings for the Gators, allowing three hits, four walks and a strikeout. Samuel White pitched in relief for the Gators.
TERREBONNE 7, EAST ST. JOHN 6
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Houma, Austin Guin hit the game-winning single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to lift the Tigers (7-8) to the win on Friday.
Christian Burgo scored on Guinn's single. Terrebonne finished with five hits, and Justin Williams scored three runs.
Guinn was also the game-winning pitcher, tossing three innings of relief. Quinn Malbrough was the starting pitcher.
SOUTH TERREBONNE 6, EAST ST. JOHN 4
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Houma, Pellegrin picked up the complete-game win for the Gators, giving up four runs (two earned) om four hits with seven strikeouts.
It was South Terrebonne's second game of the day at the tournament.
LeBeouf, LeBlanc, Zack Hebert and Alex Salassi each finished with two hits apiece for the Gators.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 8, H.L. BOURGEOIS 7
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Houma, Durkes (run) and Cody Collie (two runs) each went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Warriors in their second game of the day at the tournament.
Other top hitters for the Warriors were Bradley Lovell (2-for-2, RBI), Drake Battaglia (1-for-3, run, RBI) and Devin Battaglia (1-for-4, RBI).
Lovell was the winning pitcher for the Warriors, giving four runs (three earned) on two hits with two strikeouts and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Durkes finished the game in relief.
Offensive leaders for the Braves (4-9) were Deaundre Woods (2-for-3, double, three RBIs), Derek Richard (2-for-4) and Andre Bienvenue (pinch-hit single). Jeremy Daigle was the losing pitcher.
PARKLANE ACADEMY 4, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 1
At Jackson, Miss., Rustin Guidry went 2-for-4 at he plate and tossed seven innings, giving up seven hits and struck out four.
The Lions (3-7) committed six errors, leacing to all of Parklane's runs being unearned.
Covenant scored its lone run in the sixth inning. The Lions had seven hits.