Collapse costs Gators against Morgan City


South Terrebonne's James LeBlanc hits a solo home run to score the Gators' first run in Tuesday's District 8-4A game against Morgan City in Bourg. (Photo by Fagan Willoughby/Correspondent)


BOURG — No lead was safe during Tuesday's District 8-4A game between Morgan City and South Terrebonne.

Morgan City opened with a four-run advantage, but South Terrebonne rallied back, scoring six runs in the late innings to take the lead entering the seventh inning.

But Morgan City wasn't ready to give up.

The Tigers scored eight runs on six hits in the seventh inning to roll to a 12-6 District 8-4A victory over the Gators at South Terrebonne's baseball field.

On Monday, Morgan City traveled to South Terrebonne and was held hitless in a 2-0 loss.

But on Tuesday, the Tigers' bats came alive with 13 hits against the Gators.

Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales said his team was ready to bounce back.

"I told the guys to keep staying focused and good things will happen," he said. "And they did. They made plays at the plate and put it in the gap, and it showed."

With the win, Morgan City (11-13 overall, 5-3 in district) stayed alive in the District 8-4A title race, preventing front-runner South Terrebonne (19-9, 7-3 in district) from taking the driver's seat.

Morgan City went up 4-0 in the first three innings. Nick Gagliano (3-for-5) and Buck Gautreaux (2-for-4) hit RBI singles, respectively, in the first and second innings to go up 2-0. Brandon Beadle added two-run double in the third inning to put Morgan City ahead 4-0.

South Terrebonne started its comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning when James LeBlanc blasted a solo home run over the left centerfield fence to cut the deficit to 4-1. Zack Hebert (2-for-4) had an RBI single in the fifth to cut it to 4-2.

Then came a four-run sixth inning for South Terrebonnne.

Josh Trujillo started the sixth by reaching on an error, and Alex Salassi later brought him home with an RBI single to centerfield to make it 4-3.

With runners on second and first with two outs, Zach LeBeouf hit a single that went over the head of Morgan City third baseman Dylan Hymel, bringing home Salassi to tie the game at 4.

The Gators went on to load the bases, and Hebert stepped in and hit a two-run single that put South Terrebonne ahead 6-4.

South Terrebonne coach Nathan Cotten said he was pleased with the Gators' effort in the sixth.

"I was proud of the guys for coming back and putting themselves in position to do that," Cotten said. "It was great we got those runs. We could have just shut it down and finish the game bad, but our guys answered putting six on the board."

South Terrebonne had the momentum going into the final inning, but couldn't protect it in the top of the seventh.

Morgan City got a two-run double from Ryan Veillion, a two-run single from Gagliano, RBI singles from Brodie Anslum and Josh Glatter and a sacrifice fly RBI from Beadle to put the game out of reach.

"We didn't quit," Gonzales said. "Our guys are resilient, and we continued to play."

Cotten said the Gators' couldn't get the necessary outs when needed in the seventh inning. Morgan City had six hits in the seventh.

"I think they did a good job of hitting," Cotten said. "They had big hits with two outs. A couple of hits were with two strikes on the count. They did a good job of putting the bat on the ball."

Brennan Scully (seven hits, four runs, three strikeouts) picked up the win on the mound for Morgan City, and Dylan Hymel closed out the game in relief.

Britt Pellegrin (four hits, five runs) took the loss for South Terrebonne, pitching in the seventh inning during Morgan City's rally.

South Terrebonne's Seth Cadiere (four runs, seven hits, three strikeouts and two walks) got the start and pitched the first six innings, and Matt Benoit and Jason Helms got time on the mound.

Cotten said he told the players to put the loss behind them and move on.

"I just reminded them of all the things they did well," Cotten said. "We're still sitting in a good situation in district. We've got a couple of game's left in district, and we'll get ready for those."

PATTERSON 5, ELLENDER 1

At Patterson, the Patriots fell to 2-22 overall with the nondistrict loss. Gibby Talbot (seven hits, two earned runs, five strikeouts) suffered the complete-game loss on the mound for Ellender.

Nick Robinson was 2-for-3 for Ellender, and Talbot scored the team's only run.

COUNTRY DAY 9, HOUMA CHRISTIAN 4

At Houma, the Warriors fell to 11-12 overall and 4-3 in District 10-1A. Dakota Durkes (five hits, two walks, five earned runs, one hit batter and one strikeout) took the loss on the mound, and Bradley Lovell (2-for-4, double, run) led the Warriors at the plate.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY DROPS TWO

At the Disney Spring Training Tournament in Orlando, Fla., the Lions fell to Fenwick High of Illinois, 9-4, on Wednesday and also lost to St. Charles Prep of Ohio, 8-1, in nine innings.

Against Fenwick, Jacob Neil had a two-run double for CCA, and against St. Charles Prep, Braxton Matthews threw 8 1/3 innings for the Lions. The game was tied at 1 until a seven-run ninth inning for St. Charles (12 hits) opened it up.

 

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.