‘Early break' lifts Robichaux Ford
Wed. June 13, 2012 at 10:27 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
Robichaux Ford's Jacob Walker (left) steals second base as South Louisiana Bank's Kurt Arceneaux fields the throw in Tuesday's Swampland Baseball League game in Bourg. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)
BOURG — Trailing South Louisiana Bank 2-0 late in Tuesday's Swampland League game at Gator Field, Robichaux Ford coach Corey Sullivan called for an "early break."
It is a play designed to generate a run, even at the risk of losing a base runner. The play worked to perfection, part of a five-run sixth inning that propelled Robichaux Ford to a 6-2 comeback victory.
"Obviously we didn't play our best game, but on that note, we found a way to win," Sullivan said. "We found a way to rally with two outs. I was proud of that."
Robichaux Ford pitcher Matter Bergeron and South Louisiana Bank pitcher Sam White dominated for most of game, but a budding pitcher's duel turned into a rout.
A double by Alex Salassi (3-for-3, two RBIs) plated Cullen Bergeron and Kurt Arceneaux to give South Louisiana Bank (4-4 overall) a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
Robichaux Ford (7-1) was down to its final out in the sixth inning when the rally began. After a walk and single put runners on first and second, Cade Matherne belted a two-run single, scoring Blake Talbot and Jacob Walker (2-for-4) to tie the game.
After a Tanner Whatley single put runners on first and third, Sullivan called for the "early break." Whatley bolted to steal second base, but it looked he would get caught in the rundown for the final out of the inning. Instead, White missed the tag, Whatley reached second base and Matherne scored the go ahead run from third base.
"We call for that anytime we get first and third situation, which means we try to get caught in a rundown to score a run from third. That puts pressure on the defense," Sullivan said. "That play has been a real good for us the last couple of games. When you're not getting the timely hits, you have to manufacture a run, and that's what we did."
A Garrett Louviere single plus two throwing errors by South Terrebonne-based South Louisiana Bank defense allowed two more runs to cross the plate, giving Vandebilt Catholic-based Robichaux Ford a 5-2 lead.
South Louisiana Bank coach Matthew Dardar went to the mound to during the barrage, but rather then pulled White he made defensive substitutions.
e_SDLqWe had a good team down for five innings. Sam threw a great game, five great innings," Dardar said. "If the defense makes a couple of plays behind him, it's a whole different ballgame. It's not totally Sam's fault. He pitched well enough to win."
Robichaux Ford scored a final run in the seventh when Matt Bergeron plated on a Blake Talbot groundout.
In the sixth and seventh innings, South Louisiana Bank had two runners in scoring position, but both times Bergeron pitched his way out of the jam to earn the win.
"Matt was hitting his spots well," Sullivan said. "He had command of his fastball and his curveball."
Despite the defeat, Dardar said he believes White has gained some confidence on the hill, and the rest of team saw its potential to be a really good team.
"(Sam) threw five scoreless innings this game, and his last four innings before this game were scoreless, so he's growing," Dardar said. "I just hope our team gels little bit. We have to play a complete game and hit a little better, especially getting the two-out hits."
As for Sullivan, he sees a squad that will find other means to succeed when their bats turn cold.
"I hope that they learn that if they're not performing well, then they can still find a way to win," Sullivan said. "In the last couple years we haven't found ways to win, but we are starting to do that over here."
SOUTH LAFOURCHE (BAYOU BOYS) 10, ELLENDER (XLR8 SPORTS) 8
At Galliano, the South Lafourche-based Bayou Boys used eight hits to sneak past Ellender-based XLR8 Sports.
Cullen Matherne (2-for-3, double) led the Bayou Boys at the plate.
Stephen Robert (four innings, three hits, two walks, nine strikeouts) got the win for the Bayou Boys, while Joby Lasseigne (three walks, one strikeout) and Joshua Charpentier (two hits, one walk) each had time on the mound.
XLR8 Sports finished with five hits.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE (JESTER'S COURT) 12, H.L. BOURGEOIS 9
At Houma, the Central Lafourche-based Jester's Court used the efforts of winning pitcher Kerry Gregory to top H.L. Bourgeois.
Leaders at the plate for Jester's Court (4-4) were Benton Pierce (3-for-4, two doubles), Gregory (2-for-4) and Brader Dufrene (2-for-4).
Christian Bergeron took the loss for H.L. Bourgeois, and Bobby Ellender also saw time on the mound for the Braves.
Nick Bonvillain (2-for-3, two doubles), Jeremy Daigle (3-for-3, three singles) and Ellender (2-for-4, two singles) led H.L. Bourgeois (0-7) at the plate.
BERWICK (TACO BELL) 4, THIBODAUX (REECO RENTAL) 3
At Thibodaux, the Thibodaux High-based Reeco Rental fell to 5-3 overall with the loss to Berwick-based Taco Bell.
Statistics from the game were unavailable.
PATTERSON 4, TERREBONNE (DIAMONDBACKS) 2
At Houma, the Terrebonne High-based Diamondbacks dropped to 1-6 overall with a loss to Patterson.
Austin Bollinger (six innings, seven strikeouts, two runs) was one of several pitchers that got time on the mound for the Diamondbacks.
TRINITY TOOLS TO PLAY SYNERGY BANK ON SATURDAY
Tuesday's Swampland League Baseball game between Covenant Christian Academy (Trinity Tools) and E.D. White Catholic (Synergy Bank) will be played at noon on Saturday at E.D. White in Thibodaux.
— Complied by sports writers Chris Singleton and Kelly McElroy.