Trojans remain perfect in 7-5A
Sat. April 14, 2012 at 9:11 p.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
Good things came in threes for the Central Lafourche baseball team on Saturday afternoon against District 7-5A rival Terrebonne.
The Trojans used a trio of three-run innings and took advantage of three Tigers errors to earn a 9-2 victory at Tiger Diamond.
"We came out and played with a little excitement and a little fire in us. That's always nice to see," Trojans coach Scott Duplantis said. "We're deep this year. We have more than nine players who can go out there and do the job."
Central Lafourche (17-9, 8-0 district) got on the scoreboard in the second inning. Tigers starting pitcher Austin Guin allowed a double and consecutive singles to start the inning, which plated Evan Hebert (2-for-2).
Then a throwing error by Guin allowed Chandler Richard to score, and an RBI single from Brett Babin scored Mason Sontoyo for a 3-0 Trojans lead.
"The winds were howling early on so we made the adjustment," Duplantis said. "We started hitting the ball hard on the ground, and the ground balls were getting through for base hits. (Terrebonne) had a few mistakes in the inning that we were able to take advantage of."
Terrebonne (11-15, 4-5 district) pushed a run across in the fourth when Guin scored on an Austin Bollinger (1-for-2, RBI) single. However, the Trojans responded in the fifth.
After beginning the inning with a triple, Jordan Caillouet (2-for-3) scored on a Hebert single. Kerry Gregory scored from third base on a wild pitch, and an Austin Odell (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) double plated Sontoyo for a 6-1 Trojans advantage.
"For the most part we were alright, but you can't be just alright when you play a team like Central Lafourche," Tigers coach Gus Brown said. "You have to play better than that, have to play flawless. We weren't that."
Terrebonne scored again in the sixth when Justin Williams scored off a Sam Britt (1-for-3, RBI) single. But Central Lafourche countered with back-to-back RBI doubles in the seventh.
Odell's double scored Ben Stewart, and Colin Richard's double plated Chandler Richard and Odell.
Trojan starting pitcher Jace Cheramie earned the win, going six innings, scattering eight hits and striking out five.
"(Cheramie) threw the ball well. He threw the ball where our batters couldn't get to them, so it was tough to get hits," Brown said. "We had some good looks, some decent swings, but the balls just didn't fall for us."
Duplantis said he was most satisfied by the way his team competed throughout the game.
"We struck out a few times, but even those were competitive at-bats," he said. "We're 0-2 in the count and hitting three, four, five foul balls to keep the at-bat alive."
Despite being in first place with five games left in the season, four of those in 7-5A action, Duplantis knows the district title is far from secure for the Trojans.
"We understand this is going to be a dogfight until the end," he said. "We need to keep our foot on the pedal so we don't give anybody a chance to catch up to us."
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 11,
At Galliano, the Tarpons improved to 16-7 overall and 5-3 in District 7-5A after scoring in each of the five innings and pounding out 12 hits.
Cullen Matherne (five innings, five hits, one earned run, two walks and four strikeouts) got the complete-game win on the mound for the Tarpons.
Derian Theriot (2-for-2, double, two RBIs, run, walk), Cory Helmer (2-for-4, three RBIs, run) and Regan Dufrene (2-for-4, two runs) led the South Lafourche at the plate.
NEW IBERIA 6,
H.L. BOURGEOIS 3
At New Iberia, the Braves led 3-0 heading into the fifth inning but could not hold on and fell to 6-18 overall and 1-8 in District 8-5A.
Randall Soileau started and went four innings on the mound for the Braves, and Bobby Ellender, Marcus Bascle and Jeremy Daigle all pitched in relief.
New Iberia (16-11, 7-2 in district) scored four in the fifth and added two in the sixth. Christian Bergeron (2-for-3) and Kassey Murphy (1-for-3) led the Braves at the plate.