South Louisiana Bank moves on in Swampland playoffs



BERWICK — Consistency on the mound and a couple of long balls helped South Louisiana Bank get past Jester's Court in Monday's first-round Swampland Summer Baseball League playoff game.

South Louisiana Bank got a workmanlike effort from starting pitcher Sam White, who helped his own cause with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning.

White's blast extended the South Louisiana Bank's lead to six runs before relief pitcher Jarreth Sevin added another two-run homer in the top of the seventh that sealed an 8-1 win over Jester's Court.

South Louisiana Bank, the No. 5 seed, is the lowest remaining seed from the first-round playoff games and will pay top-seed Synergy Bank at 7 tonight at Berwick High School.

In Monday's other first-round playoff game, the No. 3 seed Taco Bell defeated the No. 6 seed Reeco Rental, 12-4. Taco Bell will play Robichaux Ford, the No. 2 seed, at 5 today at Berwick High School.

The championship game is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday at Berwick High School.

South Louisiana Bank coach Jack Cadiere said White gave a gutsy performance on the mound getting out of a few jams with quality pitches.

"Sam pitched a really good game and he kept them off balanced," Cadiere said. "Sam's pitch count was high and he worked some batters to full counts, but he was able to come back to get them."

After two scoreless innings, the South Terrebonne-based South Louisiana Bank scored four runs in the top of the third inning by taking advantage of wildness by Jester's Court pitching.

An error, a walk and a hit batsmen loaded the bases. Cullen Bergeron, who reached on an error, tried to score on a wild pitch, but he was cut down at home plate leaving the game scoreless.

Matt Benoit was at the plate when Bergeron tried to score and he responded with a two-run double giving South Louisiana Bank a 2-0 lead.

Benoit would later score on Tony Billiot's RBI-single for a 3-0 lead. Billiot finished the game going 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI.

Two batters later, Chance Verdin made it a 4-0 score when his single score Seth Cadiere, who had drawn a walk earlier in the inning.

South Louisiana Bank sent 10 batters to the plate and chased two pitchers off the mound.

The Central Lafourche-based Jester's Court got only two hits off White, but one came in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it a 4-1 score. Bryan Stoddord turned on a pitch and drove it over the wall for a solo home run.

The home run didn't shake up White, who gave up a walk to the next batter but got the next three batters out to leave it a 4-1 game.

White answered the run he gave up with his two-run homer to make it a 6-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning.

White got the win by pitching five innings and giving up the run on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

"I just threw strikes and hit my spots. I was trying to get them to hit ground balls and not trying to strike everyone out," White said. "My curveball has been working, and it is breaking a lot better. We also strung some hits together and that came at the perfect time."

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jester's Court loaded the bases thanks to a dropped ball on strike three, catcher's interference and a walk. That is when Sevin came in for White, and he got out of the jam without giving up a run leaving it a 6-1 score.

In the top of the seventh, Sevin got hold of a pitch and smashed a two-run homer to make an 8-1 score.

Sevin gave up a single and a walk in the bottom of the seventh, but left those runners stranded when he coaxed a ground ball for the third out to end the game.

Jester's Court finished with three hits, while it used five pitchers that combined to give up seven walks and a hit batsmen.

"Offensively, we had some chances late in the game, but hats off to South Louisiana Bank. (White) had a hell of a game," Jester's Court coach Scott Duplantis said. "For us on the mound, when you walk that many people you are not going to win. They did a great job of taking advantage of our poor pitching. We only planned to throw two guys, but we had to keep running guys out there to find someone who could throw strikes."

Kerry Gregory started for Jester's Court, but he lasted only two innings.

TACO BELL (BERWICK) 12, REECO RENTAL (THIBODAUX) 4

At Berwick, Taco Bell broke open a tied game with an eight-run third inning and never looked back in beating Reeco Rental in Monday first-round Swampland Summer Baseball League playoff game.

Reeco Rental, the No. 6 seed, trailed 2-0 before tying the game in the top of the third inning.

Ross Echete (3-for-4, three RBIs) came up with a two-run single to tie the game at 2.

In the bottom of the third, Taco Bell sent 10 batters to the plate and scored eight runs for a 10-2 lead.

After Taco Bell loaded the bases, Drew Landry and Chet Aucoin each had RBI-singles for a 4-2 lead. Taco Bell went up 5-2 when error allowed another run to score.

With the bases still loaded, Brooks Richard connected on a three-run triple to make it an 8-2 lead. Taco Bell went up 9-2 when Nick Osburn had a RBI-triple, and Osburn made it 10-2 when he scored on a wild pitch.

Reeco Rental outhit Taco Bell 12-to-9, but managed just another run in the top of the fourth inning and the top of the seventh, while Taco Bell's final two runs came in the bottom of the fifth.

Nick Duthu started and got the win for Taco Bell pitching six innings and giving up four runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Justin Taylor finished the seventh inning for Taco Bell.

Trey Fields started for Reeco Rental but left the game in the second inning.

Garrett Molaison finished with two hits for Reeco Rental.