Lions roar to 6-3 win over Houma Christian
Sat. March 16, 2013 at 12:51 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
Covenant Christian’s Caleb Ledet (right) turns a double play after getting Houma Christian’s Jacob Mathieu (23) out at second base during Friday’s game at the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Houma. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Sports Correspondent)
Mark Mimnagh had not thrown a pitch for Covenant Christian since last year, and he wasn't expected to throw a pitch this season.
But with starter Ryan Boudreaux needing to leave Friday night's contest against Houma Christian after 2 1/3 innings with arm soreness, Mimnagh pitched effectively in the Lions' 6-3 over the Warriors at the Terrebonne Parish Challenge held at Tiger Field.
Mimnagh threw six strikeouts, walked one and allowed four hits in 4 2/3 innings to earn the win.
"He's really not a pitcher, but he can throw strikes. He just has a fastball. That's all he's got," Covenant coach Steve Folmar said. "We had a lead and were counting on him throwing strikes and us making plays. He did a great job for us. We're excited he did what he did."
Warrior pitcher Jacob Mathieu went the distance in the loss. He struck out six, walked three and permitted eight hits.
Covenant Christian (8-4 overall) got a huge break in the bottom of the first. Rustin Guidry (2-for-3, 3RBIs, 2 runs) belted the ball deep to right field. Devin Battaglia sprinted toward the wall to make the catch; however, the ball bounced off his glove, hit the ground and over the wall for a ground-rule double. Zachary Folmar scored on the play, and Guidry would later plate on a Dylan Sharpe (2-for-3, 2RBIs) single to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.
"It would have been a tough play to make, but the opportunity was there," Houma Christian coach Chuck Battaglia said. "We left the ball in a spot we wasn't supposed to put it, and Rustin made us pay for it."
Houma Christian (6-7 overall) cut the deficit 2-1 in the top of the third when Ben Trosclair scored off an error by Sharpe.
The Lions scored three times in the third. Guidry's two-run single plated Zachary Folmar and Caleb Ledet, while a single by Bryce Lafont brought home Guidry for a 5-1 advantage.
In the fifth, Sharpe brought home Lafont on a single for a 6-1 Lions lead.
Houma Christian scored twice in the seventh. A double by Jacob Mathieu plated Dakota Durkes, and a John Broussard sacrifice fly brought home Trosclair. But it was too little too late.
The Warriors stranded 10 runners on base, something Coach Battaglia knows his squad must improve on.
"Anytime you have runners in scoring position and you're not converting, it comes back to haunt you," Coach Battaglia said. "It's a positive that we're consistently getting runners on every inning. We just got to work on the next phase of the game and get them in."
Having already played five games this week and two more scheduled for today, Coach Folmar hopes his club can survive this brutal stretch, despite the mounting sore arms.
"These kids are tired and here we are playing four games in two days. We know they're tired and giving us all they have. They're just flat right now," he said. "We're thrill to this win, and if can split (Saturday) we'll be tickled pink."
H.L. BOURGEOIS 11, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 1
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Gray, the Braves broke open a close game by scoring four runs in the fifth inning and five in the sixth. The game was stopped in the sixth because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Marcus Bascle picked up the win, limiting the Lions to two hits and struck out seven. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored two RBIs. Other offensive leaders for the Braves (6-6) were Jeremy Daigle (2-for-4, two runs, three RBIs) and Dalton Louviere (3-for-3, three runs).
Bryce Lafont and Dylan Sharpe had the Lions' only hits. Rustin Guidry was the losing pitcher.
SOUTH TERREBONNE 19, HOUMA CHRISTIAN 1
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Bourg, the Gators exploded for 10 hits in a game that was stopped after five innings.
Offensive leaders for the Gators (6-10) were Tyler Crochet (double, single), Kurt Arceneaux (triple, single), James LeBlanc (triple), Tony Billiot (double) and Matt Benoit (double).
Billiot picked up the win, giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts in three innings. Blake Pellegrin pitched two innings of relief.
EAST ST. JOHN 13, TERREBONNE 4
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Houma, the Tigers fell to 5-9 overall with Friday's loss.
Matt Hebert had two hits for Terrebonne, and Brett Bergeron was the losing pitcher.