D-Backs top Reeco Rental, 5-2


Diamondbacks shortstop Devin Malbrough gets under a popup Thursday. (Photo by Peter Woodward/Correspondent)


The sixth inning is what separated the Diamondbacks and the Reeco Rental Tigers in Thursday's Swampland Baseball League opener.

After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning, the Terrebonne High-based Diamondbacks struck for three runs in the bottom of the inning to break a tied and claim a 5-2 victory over Thibodaux High-based Reeco Rental.

Austin Bollinger led off the sixth with a single and later scored when Gage Veron reached on an error, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead. Devin Malbrough followed with an RBI single that made it 4-2, and Luke Bergeron's RBI sacrifice bunt made it 5-2.

Bollinger shut the door on Reeco Rental in the seventh, getting Wesley Lassere to fly out for the game's final out.

The Diamondbacks (1-0 overall) finished with six hits, all of which came in a two-run first inning and the three-run sixth. Reeco Rental pitching combined to retire 12 of 13 straight hitters until Bollinger's sixth-inning single.

"It opened up that sixth inning," Diamondbacks coach Gus Brown said. "We got a few runners on and swung the bats pretty well. It was the same way for both teams. We had to sit back and fight through to make some plays. In the second or third inning, we bent a little but didn't break. We stayed focused and made some plays."

The Diamondbacks used three pitchers in the victory with each going two innings each. Christian Bathurst started and allowed a first-inning run when Tigers leadoff hitter Garrett Molaison walked and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Reeco Rental lead.

Reeco Rental (0-1) added its only other run in the third inning off reliever Quinn Malbrough when Ross Eschete singled and later scored to tie the game.

Reeco Rental finished with seven hits, but missed its chance in the sixth after loading the bases with only one out.

Molaison grounded into an inning-ending double play to get the Diamondbacks out of trouble.

"We hit the ball and then made a couple of errors and let it slip and didn't make plays when we needed to," Reeco Rental coach Darrell Hebert said. "I want to compliment (the Dimaondbacks). They stuck around and it was a tight game."

Dane Adams started for Reeco Rental and pitched four innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Trey Fields pitched the final two innings for Reeco.

Eschete (3-for-4) and Lassere (2-for-4) led Reeco at the plate.

Devin Malbrough was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Diamondbacks.

 

SOUTH TERREBONNE (SOUTH LOUISIANA BANK) 15,

ELLENDER (XLR8 SPORTS) 11

At Bourg, SLB pitcher Sam White (four innings, four earned runs, four strikeouts, three walks) got the win on the mound as the team improved to 1-0.

Jarreth Sevin worked an inning of relief.

Cullen Bergeron (3-for-4, double, RBI, three runs) and Tyler Crochet (1-for-1, two RBIs, two walks, two runs) led SLB at the plate as each starter had at least one hit.

XLR8 sports fell to 0-1.

 

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (HALIMAR SHIPYARD) 4,

SOUTH LAFOURCHE (BAYOU BOYS) 0

At Amelia, Bryson Barbier got the victory on the mound for Halimar Shipyard (1-0) and limited the Bayou Boys (0-1) to two hits. Nick Basulito suffered the loss on the mound for the Bayou Boys.

 

PATTERSON 7,

H.L. BOURGEOIS 5

At Gray, the Braves out-hit the Lumberjacks, 10-7, but fell to 0-1 on the season. Patterson improved to 1-0. Marcus Bascle started for the Braves and worked five innings, and Bobby Ellender suffered the loss in relief.

Ellender (two hits), Todd Adkins (two RBIs) and Randall Soileau (hit, RBI) led H.L. Bourgeois at the plate.

 

BERWICK (TACO BELL)

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (TRINITY TOOLS)

At Houma, Rustin Guidry allowed 11 hits and struck out 11 in the taking the loss on the mound for Trinity Tools (0-1).

Trinity Tools had seven hits and made five errors.

Guidry (two walks, hit, two RBIs, run), Zac Folmar (two hits, run), Bryce LaFont (RBI, hit, walk) and Ryan Boudreaux (hit, run, RBI) led Trinity Tools at the plate.

Taco Bell (1-0) had a three-run fifth inning, and Neal Theriot (five innings, hit, five strikeouts, walk) got the win in relief. Brooks Richard, Nick Duthu and Ashley Richard (two RBIs) had two hits each for Taco Bell.

 

SYNERGY BANK GAME MOVED

Because E.D. White Catholic has exams this week, its Swampland team, Synergy Bank, had its game on Thursday at Morgan City (Skipper's Sporting Goods) moved to June 15.

 

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy