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Thibodaux capitalizes on Mustangs' miscues

NAPOLEONVILLE — A team's fate can often be dictated by its ability to make routine plays, and the Assumption Mustangs struggled with that in Wednesday's game against the Thibodaux Tigers.

The Mustangs committed six errors, and the Tigers used an opportunistic offense and solid pitching from Dane Adams and Jake Murry to pick up a 5-4 win.

With the help of three Assumption errors, Thibodaux (3-5 overall) took a 1-0 lead when Dustin Clement scored in the third inning.

The Tigers' lead was short lived. The Mustangs (1-7) scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning for a 3-1 lead. Tyler Landry's double scored Hudson Rodrigue and Slye Ourso, and Drake Vedros followed with an RBI single.

Thibodaux tied the score in the fifth inning with the help of Assumption's fourth error of the game. The Tigers also got a single from Clement, double from Garrett Molaison and a sacrifice fly from Wesley Lassere.

"It was a good, close, well-played game by both teams," Thibodaux coach Darrell Hebert said. "This is the best we swag the bat this year. We were able to get runners on and got the hits when we needed to."

Assumption reclaimed the lead in the fifth when Landry's second double of the game scored Brandon Guillot.

Thibodaux answered in the sixth when Tyler Molaison reached on an infield single and advanced to third on an Assumption error. He would later score on Jace Haydel's RBI single to tie the game at 4. Clement drove in Haydel with a two-out RBI single for a 5-4 lead.

"Our pitcher (Landry) did a heck of a job," Assumption coach Danny Manry said. "He generally kept them off balanced and eliminated the walks. Our defense just made crucial mistakes at the wrong time. We have to get better defensively. It has been a problem for us over our last five games. We just need to focus and make the plays that need to be made."

Landry went the distance for Assumption, striking out three and walking two. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Ourso finished with three singles.

Adams had seven strikeouts in five innings while yielding eight hits and a hit batter for the Tigers. Murry had a strikeout in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Garrett Molaison and Clement each had a pair of singles, and Tyler Molaison added a double for Thibodaux.