Gators top Tigers in baseball, 10-1

GRAY — It’s not often a coach will call a practice an hour and a half after a game, especially during a day-long tournament.

But after watching his Tigers drop an error-filled 10-1 decision to South Terrebonne at the Terrebonne Parish Challenge on Saturday, Terrebonne coach Gus Brown thought it was necessary.

It would be hard to argue with him.

Throwing errors, fielding errors, passed balls and wild pitches plagued the Tigers (7-9) from the first inning.

Starter Luke Bergeron walked two and hit one to load the bases in the first, but pitched out of the jam.

He would not be as lucky in a second inning that saw the Gators score five on one base hit.

After Matt Benoit drew a walk, nine-hole hitter Chance Verdin hit a weak grounder back to Bergeron, who hurled the ball several feet over the head of first baseman Austin Bollinger, putting runners on second and third.

Benoit scored on Zachary LeBeouf’s sacrifice grounder with Verdin on third. Two straight walks loaded the bases, and a passed ball brought Verdin home with two on.

Alex Salassi brought two home on the game’s first base hit, a deep fly to right that dropped just fair, making it 5-0 at the end of two innings.

“I hope we got all the bugs out,” Brown said. “This happens sometimes in baseball, lack of concentration, lack of focus. So we’re going to take an hour and a half off, then practice for an hour and a half on the other field, and work some kinks out. We haven’t had an opportunity to practice all that much. It’s been game after game after game for the last two and a half weeks. But we’re going to practice (Saturday), and practice Monday, and get ready for the district opener Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, South Terrebonne (13-5) starter Joshua Trujillo was impressive in his first game back from an injury, allowing a run on four hits in six innings of work.

Terrebonne’s lone run came off the bat of Justin Williams, who knocked one out of left field in the fourth.

“(Trujillo) is just coming back from an arm injury. In fact this is his first start this year,” South Terrebonne coach Nathan Cotten said. “I’m very glad to see him be effective and hit his spots. That’s what we really wanted to see, if he could come out and locate his fast ball, and he did that very well.”

Two throwing errors and a walk scored one and put two on for the Gators in the third, and that was it for Bergeron, who was lifted in favor of reliever Carlin Dehart.

South Terrebonne scored two runs on no hits in the fourth, and one run on one hit in the fifth and sixth. Trujillo got the win, and Bergeron took the loss.



At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge, the Braves (5-10) topped Higgins 4-2 and fell 6-3 in a hard-fought game to Newman on Saturday.

Against Higgins, the Braves turned a triple play in the first inning when with runners on first and second, Todd Adkins snagged a line drive, tagged the bag at second and threw back to get the runner at first.

Taylor Fontenot (seven innings, nine strikeouts) got the win on the mound, and Beau Moore (3-for-4) and Jeremy Daigle (2-for-3) led the Braves at the plate.



At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge, the Wildcats (7-4) fell to Newman 11-0 and topped Higgins 11-10 in nine innings on Saturday.

Against Newman, Jesse Klibert took the loss on the mound, and against Higgins, Austin Tabor got the victory after Colby Bolton (2-for-3) hit the game-winner in the ninth after the international tie break rule came into play, allowing teams to start a runner at second base before the start of the half inning in which they bat.

Blaise Hymel was 3-for-4 for the Wildcats, and Austin Tabor was 2-for-6.





At Mathews, the Lady Trojans improved to 5-11 and 3-2 in District 7-5A after Emilee Rodrigue picked up the victory in the circle.

Courtney Landry (3-for-4), Cheyenne Chiasson (2-for-4), Rodrigue (2-for-4), Heather Adams (2-for-4) and Ashlynn Grabert (2-for-3) led Central Lafourche at the plate. Thibodaux fell to 6-8 and 2-2 in district.



At the Sulphur Tournament, the Lady Terriers improved to 11-6 with two wins on Saturday.

In a 1-0 win over Evangel, Leah Bergeron went the distance in the circle and had seven strikeouts, no walks and allowed three hits. Vandebilt had five hits in the game.

In a 6-3 win over Denham Springs, Nora Keehn went seven innings for the Lady Terriers in the circle and had nine strikeouts, three walks and allowed five hits. Vandebilt had eight hits. Carly Ellender was 2-for-3, Sarah Ourso was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Bergeron contributed at the plate as well.



At the St. James Spring Swing, the Lady Wildcats topped Baker, 10-9, O.P. Walker, 10-6, and Baker, 25-15.

Brittany Ferchaud picked up the three wins for St. James (9-3) in the circle.

In Game 1, Ferchaud was 3-for-4 with a homer and two singles, Amanda Rouge was 2-for-2 with a double, and Tracy Lassere had the game-winning two-run double.

In Game 2, Ferchaud had a solo homer and Amber Thibodaux was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

In Game 3, Ferchaud was 3-for-3 with four RBIs, Ashley Schexnyder was 3-for-3 with two doubles and Rouge was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.



At the Lutcher Tournament, the Lady Patriots fell to 9-9 on the season after falling to Neville, 6-0, and to Central Catholic, 4-1.

Against Neville, Shelbi Moore took the loss in the circle. Against Central Catholic, Alyssa Bush suffered the loss, and Bush, Lauren Lopez and Jacelyn Duthu each had a hit. 



At the Catholic High Tournament in Baton Rouge, the Lady Cardinals fell to 6-12 with four losses on the weekend in the tournament.

On Saturday, the Lady Cardinals lost to Parkway, 14-6 and to Hanson Memorial 5-2, and on Friday they lost to Buckeye, 11-0, and to Catholic High of New Iberia, 6-5.



At the Grace Christian Tournament in Alexandria, the Lady Warriors fell to 9-5 after a 3-2 loss to Oak Hill and an 8-6 loss to Montgomery on Saturday.

Lindsey Crowdus suffered the loss in the circle in both games, and Amy Bonvillain, Emily Albares and Crowdus led Houma Christian at the plate Saturday.


— Compiled by

sports writer Kelly McElroy