Quick start lifts Patriots

The Ellender Patriots didn't waste any time in Thursday's nondistrict game against Centerville.

Ellender started the game with four hits and took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With an early lead already established, sophomore pitcher Matt Ledet complimented his team's effort by shutting down Centerville for a 6-1 win.

"Matt has been throwing the ball well for us lately," Ellender coach David Angeron said. "He is a young guy, but he has really stepped it up. He is our No. 2 guy, and we are going to need him in district. He had really good command of his pitches (Thursday)."

Ledet limited the Bulldogs to three hits and finished with 10 strikeouts and one hit batter.

Ellender's offense matched Ledet's effort with 13 hits, including three doubles, and nine stolen bases.

In the first inning, Ledet and Gabe Verdin opened the game with back-to-back singles, and J.T. Lebouef and Nick Robinson followed back-to-back doubles to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

Dylan Bourdeaux kept things going for Ellender in the second inning with another double before scoring on Verdin's RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

Verdin led Ellender going 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Lebouef and Robinson each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Ellender (3-22 overall) scored its final two runs in the fifth inning. Houston Chapman scored on Gibby Talbot's sacrifice, and Leboeuf followed with a single and stole a base before scoring on Robinson's single. Robinson advanced to third on a single by Darien Chaisson, who stole second base. Neither would score as Centerville pitcher Peyton Landry forced a ground out to end the inning.

The Patriots left six runners stranded on base.

"We still struggle a little with runners in scoring position," Angeron said. "That has been a bit of a weakness for us. It would cost us in some games, and we need to be more consistent on getting those guys in. We are young but have a strong sophomore class, and we are working at it."

Centerville's Christian Arias started the sixth inning with a single and advanced to third base on Courtland Pogue. Arias scored on Landry's sacrifice fly to make the score 6-1.

"We didn't get off to a good start," Centervile coach Barry Price said. "Ellender jumped on us early. They hit the ball well. We showed some character though and stuck with it. We hit the ball and got some runners on, but it just wasn't enough."

Landry took the loss for Centerville, giving up 13 hits with two strikeouts and a walk.


At Port Allen, the Cardinals improved to 20-7 overall and 8-0 in District 7-3A after Jon Mayeaux worked five innings on the mound and picked up the victory. He had 10 strikeouts and allowed three hits.

At the plate for E.D. White, Logan Barbara was 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles, a walk and three RBIs.


At LaPlace, the Comets improved to 21-6-1 overall and 8-0 in District 7-3A after scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to win it.

St. James (five hits) scored its runs in the fourth inning, and Blaise Hymel suffered the loss in relief of starter Logan Aubert, who struck out two and had four walks in six innings of work.

The Comets also scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.


At Metairie, the Warriors improved to 12-12 and 5-3 in District 10-1A behind five innings on the mound from Dakota Durkes (three runs, one earned, seven strikeouts, four hits two walks).

Bradley Lovell worked two innings of relief for the Warriors.

Drake Battaglia (3-for-3, three runs, RBI), Durkes (2-for-4, run, two RBIs), Connor Bates (2-for-3, two doubles), Jacob Mathieu (3-for-3, double, run, two RBIs), Tyler Crochet (3-for-5, two doubles, run, RBI) and Sam Trosclair (2-for-3, two runs, RBI) led Houma Christian at the plate.

Ecole Classique fell to 6-8-1 and 3-4 in district.


At the Disney Spring Training Tournament in Orlando, Fla., the Lions topped St. Charles Prep of Ohio, 12-4, on Thursday and fell to Bullitt East High of Kentucky, 8-7.

Against St. Charles Prep, the Lions had 14 hits and scored four runs in the first inning, three runs in the third inning, two runs in the fifth inning, a run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh.

Rustin Guidry (eight strikeouts) got the victory on the mound for the Lions after striking out eight, and Jacob Neil worked two innings of relief.

At the plate for CCA, Guidry, Daniel Authement, Zach Hawkes (three hits) and Chris Lirette all had two RBIs.

Against Bullitt East High, CCA (nine hits) gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which helped Bullitt to the win.

Bryce LaFont started for CCA, and Neil suffered the loss in relief. Zac Folmar (3-for-4), Hawkes (three hits, four RBIs) and Guidry (2-for-3) led the Lions at the plate.

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.