‘Big Red' leads Gators to win at Terrebonne
Wed. March 06, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
"Big Red" got it done on the mound for the South Terrebonne baseball team on Tuesday night and a little bunt single got the Gators going on offense.
Sam White, a tall lefty with red hair flowing from his hat, worked five strong innings, and Kurt Arceneaux led off the top of the fourth inning with a perfectly executed bunt single that started a five-run rally as the Gators topped Terrebonne 8-2 in nondistrict action from Houma.
The Gators improved to 2-8 overall, and the Tigers fell to 3-5 overall.
In a scoreless pitching battle early between White and Terrebonne's Quinn Malbrough, Arceneaux (single, two runs) led the top of the fourth inning off with a bunt single then came a hit by pitch, a walk and an RBI single by Alex Salassi for a 1-0 Gators lead.
Chance Verdin (2-for-4, double, run, RBI) and Tyler Crochet then each recorded an RBI and two more runs scored on a Terrebonne error for the 5-0 lead.
Arceneaux's bunt keyed the inning.
"We practice that bunt a lot. Kurt was not a good bunter when the year started, but he bought into it and worked at it," Gators coach Sham Gabehart said. "He is exceptional at it now. He got the inning going for us."
The Gators (four errors), who got three runs scored from James LeBlanc, added two runs in the fifth on an error and an RBI from White.
"It all started with that bunt, and the got a couple of key hits," Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. "In a blink of an eye, we were behind the eight ball. It was hard for us to put the ball in play with authority. It was a tough one. Their lefty pitched well. Our guy didn't do a bad job."
White finished the night with the win after going five innings, allowing no runs on no hits, striking out five, walking one and hitting one.
"I had what I usually had, my fastball, my two-seam fastball, and my curve was working,' White said. "I was working low and hitting my spots. We are coming around, and we are starting to find it a little bit."
Arceneaux (two innings, two runs, two hits, strikeout) worked the final two innings for the Gators and allowed two runs on a double by Jalen Williams, but South Terrebonne was in control at that point.
"We played comfortable. Anytime Sam throws, we have a good chance to win. He is a very quality high school pitcher. If you can pitch, you can win," Gabehart said. "We played good defense behind him and got the runs when we needed them. We have played a very tough schedule so far. The guys have done a good job of staying positive and staying hard."
Malbrough (four hits, five runs, three walks, four strikeouts) suffered the loss after five innings of work before giving way to Cameron Moreau, who worked the final two innings for Terrebonne (four errors), and allowed no runs, no hits, struck out five and walked two.
A couple of Major League Baseball scouts were on hand to watch Terrebonne senior Justin Williams, who has signed with LSU, but is a projected first-round pick by some in the upcoming MLB draft.
"It's pretty much every day," Brown said. "Whether it's practices or games, here or away, they have scouts there. It's just one of those things. It gives the opportunity for everyone to get some looks. A guy of that caliber, it's good to be a part of it and to see him play. It doesn't seem like it's affecting him too much, but I know for a 17-year-old to have scouts watching you day in and day out, it has to be a little bit of pressure. He is handling it pretty well. He is not showing it outwardly."
Something Williams is showing outwardly is the fact he will be using a wooden bat this season, and not an aluminum one. Williams was 1-for-3 on Tuesday night with a ground out, a walk and a single, and he reached on an error on an extremely hard hit ball to the shortstop.
"He was advised to use a wooden bat," Brown said. "He feels more comfortable using it."
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 12, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 6
At Thibodaux, the Cardinals moved to 7-0 overall with the nondistrict win. Thomas Legendre started and worked three scoreless innings, and Scott Szush picked up the victory after two innings of relief for the Cardinals.
E.D. White scored eight runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a 3-run triple by Jace Toups.
Other offensive leaders for the Cardinals included Logan Barbara (3-for-3, homer, three RBIs) and Brett Duet and Payton Coddou (each 2-for-3).
For Central Lafourche (3-6) offensive leaders included Mason Sontoyo (3-for-4, double), Josh Hebert (3-for-4), Tyler Ougel (2-for-4, homer) and Colin Richard (2-for-4, double).
ST. JAMES 8, CENTERVILLE 0
At St. James, John Broughton worked a no-hitter in taking the win on the mound, and St. James improved to 3-1 with the nondistrict victory.
Tuesday's game between Covenant Christian Academy and St. John of Plaquemine has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. on March 12 in Plaquemine, and Tuesday's game between Grand Isle and Houma Christian was also not played. A make-up date has not yet been set for that game.