SLB tops Trinity, 3-1


South Louisiana Bank pitcher Seth Cadiere got the win on the mound over Trinity Tools on Thursday in Bourg. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)


BOURG — With the Swampland Baseball League season winding down, South Louisiana Bank and Trinity Tools played like two desperate teams on the bubble, trying to make the six-team playoffs.

That's because they were.

South Terrebonne-based South Louisiana Bank got a strong performance from starter Seth Cadiere and enough clutch hitting to pull out a 3-1 home victory.

"We played hungry, and that's a good sign for us," South Louisiana Bank coach Jack Cadiere said.

South Louisiana Bank (8-4) scored in the bottom of the first inning when an Alex Salassi (2-for-2, RBI) singled home Kurt Arceneaux for a 1-0 lead.

South Louisiana Bank pushed two more runs across in the fourth inning.

Arceneaux (2-for-2, two runs) scored from third base when Trinity Tools (6-7) failed to throw out Salassi stealing second. Then Salassi tagged home when Matt Beniot popped up to center field for a 3-0 advantage.

"When the runner on third reads the ball over the pitcher's head and nobody is cutting off that throw down, he has the green light whether to run on that are not," Coach Cadiere said. "Kurt's fast. When Kurt's on third base, we'll take that chance every day of the week."

Covenant Christian Academy-based Trinity Tools had runners in scoring position in the second and sixth innings. Both times a runner was thrown out trying to steal second base and batters struck out to end the threat.

"I feel like we should have won the game. We did not have timely hits when it mattered and stranded way too many base runners," Trinity Tools coach Steve Folmar said. "You have to give (South Louisiana Bank) credit. We didn't play horrible, but we didn't play well either."

Trinity Tools loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with two outs. South Louisiana Bank relief pitcher Sam White walked Caleb Ledet to score Deshawn Livas. With a full count and the bases still loaded, White struck out Bryce Lafont to end the game.

Seth Cadiere (6 1/3 innings, strikeout, three hits, three walks) got the win, while Taylor Fontenot (six innings, seven hits and two walks) took the loss.

"Seth pitched a great game. He kept the batters off balance," Coach Cadiere said. "He only gave up three hits but other than that, he stayed in the zone."

Whether Trinity Tools make the Swampland playoffs or not, Folmar said his team accomplished plenty this summer.

The club replaced five seniors with four ninth graders. So getting them valuable playing time was the highest priority for the coach.

"Considering we're a school that is 5-years-old and this is our first experience with Swampland, playing with all bigger schools, we've done very well," Folmar said. "Four of our seven losses I think we should've won those games. It gives our kids the confidence that they can play against anybody."

Cadiere was confident the South Terrebonne-based South Louisiana Bank squad would not let off the field issues distract them, and he was right.

Earlier on Thursday, former SLB head coach Matthew Dardar, a teacher and assistant coach at South Terrebonne, was arrested and charged with one count of prohibited sexual conduct between educator and a student, according to the Terrebonne Sheriff's department.

"I think they did a good job of staying focused," Coach Cadiere said. "Some of the guys kicked the ball around, but they came back and made good plays. So I'm proud of them. They played really well, and we got the win."



SOUTH TERREBONNE (SOUTH LOUISIANA BANK) 14,

PATTERSON 10

At Bourg on Thursday, South Louisiana Bank broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the second inning to help take the win.

Sam White and Kurt Arceneaux both went 2-for-4 at the plate for SLB, while Alex Salassi had two RBIs to lead SLB at the plate. Arceneaux also got the win on the mound. Patterson fell to 5-8.



E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC (SYNERGY BANK) 4,

SOUTH LAFOURCHE (BAYOU BOYS) 2

At Galliano, Synergy improved to 11-1 overall and clinched the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the Swampland playoffs next week.

Brennan Legendre and Peyton Coddou combined for a two-hitter and Synergy had nine hits and committed an error.

Synergy used three runs in the top of the ninth to take the win.

The Bayou Boys fell to 5-6 and Cullen Matherne (8 1/3 innings, earned run, seven strikeouts, two walks) and Stephen Robert worked in relief.

Norry Galjour, Corey Helmer and Dominic Pitre (double) led the Bayou Boys at the plate.

Jace Toups and B.J. Gros each had a hit for Synergy.



VANDEBILT CATHOLIC (ROBICHAUX FORD) 9,

MORGAN CITY (SKIPPER'S SPORTING GOODS) 0

At Morgan City, Robichaux Ford (11-1) locked up the second seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye after Jacob Walker got the win on the mound after allowing two hits and striking out seven and added a homer and two RBIs at the plate.

Tanner Whatley (3-for-3), Jared Bigler (3-for-3, RBI), Blake Talbot (tripe), Garrett Louviere (hit) and Grant Bergeron (hit) led Robichaux Ford at the plate. Skipper's fell to 5-6.



CENTRAL LAFOURCHE (JESTER'S COURT) 13,

ELLENDER (XLR8 SPORTS) 0

At Houma, Jester's Court improved to 7-5, and XLR8 sports fell to 0-11. Benton Pierce got the complete-game victory after working five innings, striking out seven and allowing four hits.

Colin Richard was 3-for-4 with three doubles for Jester's, and Chandler Richard, Pierce, Brader Dufrene and Kline Breaux each had two hits and a double.



TERREBONNE (DIAMONDBACKS) 7

H.L. Bourgeois 2

At Gray, the Diamondbacks improved to 2-10 and the Braves fell to 1-10. Jeremy Daigle suffered the complete-game loss for the Braves on the mound after allowing three hits. The Diamondbacks scored six unearned runs off four Braves errors.

Five players had one hit each for the Braves.



— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy