Terriers ride big inning to win over Terrebonne
Tue. March 05, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. | By Steve Holley/Sports Correspondent
Vandebilt Catholic's Josh Bergeron (2) scores ahead of the tag of Terrebonne's Matt Hebert during Monday's game in Houma. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)
Vandebilt Catholic strung together some clutch hits in a big four-run third inning Monday to pave the way in a 6-1 victory over Terrebonne in nondistrict play at Terrebonne Field in Houma.
With the score tied at 0 with one out in the third, Matt Bergeron lined a two-run double to the gap in left-center, and Chase Hawthorne followed with a towering two-run double to deep center to give the Terriers a 4-0 lead on back-to-back swings.
Those two hits would be all Vandebilt needed, but the Terriers (6-2 overall) weren't done.
The Terriers added another run in the fourth on an RBI double from Jordan Bergeron and one more in the fifth on a run-scoring single from Blake Talbot to stretch the lead to 6-0.
"For us to be successful, it's got to be all about timely hitting," Vandebilt coach Cory Sullivan said. "I stress that all throughout practice and (Monday) it was pretty clear. We hit some balls hard, and there were some hard-hit balls that were outs. When we put things together like that, we're going to be that much better."
With Hawthorne on the mound, Vandebilt's lead was plenty safe.
The right-hander went the distance, allowing one run on three hits in seven complete innings of work. He struck out six batters from the second inning on.
"He's going to compete and our defense is going to back him up," Sullivan said. "If he just makes them put the ball in play, we have a solid defense. Pitching and defense is what's going to make us successful, and our guys want the ball in tough situations now. We want to be on the mound, and we're growing up and maturing a bit compared to last year."
Terrebonne (3-4) scored its only run in the sixth inning off an RBI sac fly from Xavier Washington that brought home Justin Williams.
Terrebonne tallied two hits in the final inning but failed to score. One runner was thrown out on the bases, and Hawthorne worked out of trouble with two away to get Gage Veron to fly out to end the game.
"You take away that third inning, and it's a 2-1 ballgame, and we have a shot," Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. "But the Hawthorne kid, he pretty much did it to us and only gave up three hits all game. He pounded the zone. He had a few walks in there, but he made some pitches and made some plays whenever he needed to."
Vandebilt scored all six runs off Tigers starter Austin Bollinger, who went five innings and allowed six hits and three walks. Brett Bergeron pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Terrebonne.
Hawthorne helped his cause at the plate with two hits, and Jordan Bergeron also had two hits for Vandebilt.
Veron, Matt Hebert and Breagan Liner combined for Terrebonne's three hits — all singles — off Hawthorne.
"As far as positives go, we didn't walk very many guys, and we were around the plate," Brown said. "Guys just got some good hits off us. We didn't kick the ball around, so defensively we played well, and we were aggressive on the bases. We got a few guys thrown out, but that's the (aggressive) style of baseball we play. All around, Vandebilt just got those timely hits with runners on base in that inning."
ELLENDER 8, FRANKLIN 0
At Franklin, Matt Ledet pitched a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts and five walks to lead the Patriots (1-5) to their first win of the season in Monday's nondistrict win.
Ledet also added a triple with two RBIs.
Leading 3-0 heading into the seventh inning, Ellender put the game away with five runs. Jordan Gauthreaux got the inning started with a pinch-hit double.
Other offensive leaders were Dustin Creppel (2-for-4 with a triple, two runs, two RBIs), Deric Hebert (3-for-4), Brent Duplantis (2-for-3, two runs) and Dylan Boudreaux (2-for-3, two runs).
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 3, ST. JAMES 1
At St. James, Houma Christian got a complete-game two-hitter from Dakota Durks in Monday's nondistrict win over St. James.
Durks gave up an unearned run, while walking six and striking out 10 helping Houma Christian improve to 4-3 overall. At the plate, Durks was 1-for-4 with a run, while Jacob Mathieu was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Warriors, and Devin Battaglia was 1-for-2 and an RBI.
St. James fell to 2-1 overall.