Trinity works past Reeco, 5-3


Trinity Oil third baseman Dayshawn Livas (left) tags out Reeco Rental's Garrett Molaison during the third inning of Tuesday's Swampland Baseball League game in Houma. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)


With Trinity Tools ace pitcher Rustin Guidry out for the rest of the summer with a tear in his knee, the Covenant Christian Academy-based club has been working hard to further develop some of its other players to help fill the void.

On Tuesday night from Southland Field in Houma, Trinity pitcher Taylor Fontenot proved he could help do that by pitching his team past Thibodaux-based Reeco Rental, 5-3, in Swampland Baseball League action.

Fontenot, who will be a senior next school year, worked a complete-game, allowed six hits, struck out none and walked one in taking the win.

He also induced 10 ground balls, and Trinity (5-6) was nearly perfect on defense.

"They always play solid defense," Fontenot said of his teammates. "I kept the ball low, and they hit a lot of ground balls. Everything was working."

Even his "Eephus pitch." That's a pitch thrown at a very slow rate of speed.

Trinity coach Steve Folmar said Fontenot mixed it in with his fastball, change up and with a curve ball here or there.

"Taylor is just a kid who needs some confidence so instead of having him try and overpower people and throw it past them, we have worked with him big time on just changing speeds to keep them off," Coach Folmar said. "He's getting better every game. We never threw the same pitch twice in a row. We kept them off balance, and that's why we got so many ground balls."

Reeco fell to 5-4 overall, and its coach Darrell Hebert said not playing because of numerous rain outs is hurting his team.

"The rain is killing us," Hebert said. "We have to get back to the regular grind. They threw their sinker guy, and we hadn't hit in a while. We chased a few balls, but we hit it. They just played great defense. They really did."

Reeco (six hits, two errors) went ahead 1-0 in the top of the first when Garrett Molaison singled and later scored on a throwing error.

Trinity (four hits, two errors) struck for four runs in the bottom of the first off Reeco starter Trey Fields, who worked the first inning and suffered the loss.

Zac Folmar (2-for-3, two runs, two RBIs) brought home Caleb Ledet and Bryce Lafont with a single and later scored on an error.

Mark Mimnaugh later reached on an error and scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Ryan Boudreaux for a 4-1 Trinity lead.

"It was a tough start," Hebert said. "Trey really didn't come out ready to go. He struggled, and we made a couple of mistakes behind him, and they capitalized. It was pretty simple."

Reeco added a run in the third on an RBI from Lassere and made it a 4-3 game in the fifth when Lassere (2-for-3, two RBIs) knocked in another run.

Trinity added a run in the fifth when Zac Folmar singled, stole second and third and scored on an error.

"That last run we got was imperative because they were chipping back at us," Coach Folmar said. "I felt like if we didn't get another run, they were going to get us. We were very aggressive with Zac on the bases. We know he has good speed, and we know he runs the bases well."

Tyler Molaison, Wesley Lassere and Jake Murry all pitched in relief for Reeco.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC (ROBICHAUX FORD) 14, PATTERSON 4

At Houma, Chase Hawthorne got the win on the mound for Robichaux Ford (9-1) after allowing four hits, an earned run, striking out four and walking three. He also added a hit and two RBIs at the plate.

Garrett Louviere (3-for-3, RBI), Jacob Walker (1-for-2, two RBIs) and Blake Talbot (1-for-1, two RBIs) were other leaders at the plate for Robichaux Ford.

Patterson fell to 4-5.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC (ROBICHAUX FORD) 21, ELLENDER (XLR8 sPORTS) 3

At Houma, James Cenac picked up the victory on the mound for Robichaux Ford, and Hawthorne (2-for-3, two RBIs), Blake Talbot (3-for-4), Louviere (1-for-3, two RBIs) and Josh Bergeron (hit, two RBIs) led Robichaux Ford at the plate.

XLR8 Sports fell to 0-10 on the season.

SOUTH TERREBONNE (SOUTH LOUISIANA BANK) 8, MORGAN CITY (SKIPPER'S SPORTING GOODS) 4

At Bourg, South Louisiana Bank improved to 5-4, and Skipper's Sporting Goods fell to 3-5.

Stats from the game were not available.

BERWICK (TACO BELL) 11, TERREBONNE (DIAMONDBACKS) 4

At Houma, Taco Bell scored seven unearned runs to improve to 5-5 overall.

Austin Bollinger suffered the loss on the mound for the Diamondbacks (1-8) after working five innings, striking out seven, walking three and allowing four earned runs.

Bollinger was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Diamondbacks, and Xavier Washington added two hits.

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.