Braves slip past Gators in eight innings
Sun. March 17, 2013 at 12:41 a.m. | By Steve Holley/Sports Correspondent
H.L. Bourgeois second baseman Dalton Louviere (left) throws to first base after forcing out South Terrebonne's James Leblanc during Saturday's game at the Terrebonne Parish Challenge in Bourg. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)
BOURG — The final game of the Terrebonne Parish Challenge turned into a marathon.
H.L. Bourgeois and South Terrebonne battled into extra innings Saturday in a game that ultimately took close to four hours to complete and saw numerous rallies, momentum swings, and several close calls.
When the dust settled and the daylight hours had all but slipped away, H.L. Bourgeois came away with a 7-6 victory in eight innings at The Swamp.
The Braves (7-7 overall) got out to a 6-2 lead at one point before South Terrebonne (7-11) closed the gap and used a two-out rally in the seventh to force extra innings. But in the eighth, Marcus Bascle's RBI sacrifice fly, following a pair of Braves singles off Gators pitcher Sam White earlier in the inning, proved to be the game-winner.
It was the Braves' fourth game in three days, and their second on Saturday following a loss to Houma Christian at Terrebonne's Tiger Field earlier in the day. For South Terrebonne, it was the Gators' fifth game in the last five days.
Still, if either team was fatigued, they weren't letting it show in this one.
"I was getting worried about it getting dark, but they battled hard," said Braves coach John Gatlin, who was ejected in the third inning for arguing a call at home plate. "South Terrebonne is a good team. They kept pecking away and getting some runs here and there. We brought in three pitchers and they all competed. I thought we'd given it back to them, but they battled back and found a way to score."
H.L. Bourgeois took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Nick Bonvillain and went ahead 3-0 an inning later off a run-scoring single from Dalton Louviere and then a South Terrebonne throwing error that allowed a run to score.
The Braves added one run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to build a four-run lead.
South Terrebonne answered in the fifth with its biggest inning of the day. The Gators sent eight batters to the plate and tagged Braves starter Bobby Ellender for three runs on two hits, including an RBI bunt single from Kurt Arceneaux.
Two wild pitches in the inning allowed two runs to score and cut the Braves' lead to 6-5.
The Gators tied it in the seventh when Matt Benoit scored on a passed ball with Jeremy Daigle on the mound and H.L. Bourgeois one strike away from finishing off the game.
Even after H.L. Bourgeois took the lead a half-inning later, South Terrebonne still had a chance to tie the game in their last at-bat. Instead, Arceneaux was thrown out trying to steal third base with the tying run in scoring position.
Gators coach Sham Gabehart said he was playing for the win and that he'd do it over again if given the chance.
"We'd used all our pitchers and (White) had thrown 77 pitches on Thursday, so we really didn't want him to go back out there," Gabehart said. "We'd made up our mind that we were going to play to win and we didn't want to play for two two-out hits. We were going to try a double steal and try to win it with one two-out hit. That was the plan, but the kid made a good throw. Wouldn't change it and wouldn't do it different."
White suffered the loss in relief for South Terrebonne, while Daigle picked up the win for H.L. Bourgeois.
Bonvillain (4-for-5) had four hits to lead the Braves at the plate, and Louviere (3-for-4) added three hits. Daigle (2-for-5) and Bascle (2-for-5) finished with two hits apiece.
H.L. Bourgeois had at least one hit in every inning and finished with 16 hits total.
Arceneaux was 2-for-4 with a walk to lead the Gators at the plate.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 6, H.L. BOURGEOIS 4
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge, Sam Trosclair went 2-for-4 to lead the Warriors (7-8) on Saturday.
Other offensive leaders for Houma Christian were Connor Bates (1-for-2, RBI, stolen base) and Dakota Durks (1-for-3, two RBIs). Kahri Coleman was the winning pitcher, giving up one earned run on four hits in six innings.
Nick Bonvillain went 2-for-2 to lead the Braves. Derek Richard was the losing pitcher.
TERREBONNE 8, COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 7
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge, the Tigers (7-9) scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for the win.
Justin Williams hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and Matt Hebert hit a game-winning two-run single in the seventh inning.
Quinn Malbrough picked up the complete-game win for Terrebonne, giving up four hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
The Lions (8-6) had five players record a hit. Caleb Ledet and Dexter LeBlanc each had two RBIs. Randall Souileau was the losing pitcher, giving up eight runs (four earned) in eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
TERREBONNE 10, HOUMA CHRISTIAN 0
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge, Justin Williams went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Xavier Washington also went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Tigers.
Jaylen Williams also had two hits and two RBIs. Luke Bergeron was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits and struck out five.
Jacob Mathieu and John Broussard each went 1-for-2 for the Warriors. Dakota Durks was the losing pitcher.
SOUTH TERREBONNE 14, EAST St. JOHN 4
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge, Matt Benoit and Cullen Bergeron each had two doubles to lead the Gators.
Also recording hits for South Terrebonne were Kurt Arceneaux (two singles), Sam White (single), Kyler Crochet (single) and Tony Billiot (single). Arceneaux was also the winning pitcher.
EAST St. JOHN 11, COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 4
At the Terrebonne Parish Challenge, the Wildcats outscored the Lions 7-1 in the middle innings to pull away for the win.
Randall Soileau and Bryce Lafont each had two hits for Covenant Christian. Seth Gros was the losing pitcher.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 8, REDEMPTORIST 6
At the Tiger-Cardinal Classic 2013, Grant Bergeron was winning pitcher and Blake Talbot picked up the save to lead the Terriers (12-3).
Chase Hawthorne, Kevin Guenoit and Josh Bergeron were Vandebilt's offensive leaders.
LADY WARRIORS SPLIT AT TOURNEY
At the Grace Christian Tournament, the Lady Warriors (11-3) split Saturday's games, with an 11-1 win over Caster and a 9-8 loss to Grace Christian.
Against Caster, Lauren Crowdus went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and she was the winning pitcher by giving up five hits and struck out five. Other offensive leaders were Amy Bonvillain (3-for-3, three runs, two RBIs) and Taylor Sons (2-for-4, run, two RBIs).
In the second game, Grace Christian scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh. Crowdus (3-for-5, two runs, two RBIs), and Haley Dardar (2-for-3, RBI) led the Lady Warriors offense. Sons was the losing pitcher.
ELLENDER DROPS PAIR
At the Lutcher Tournament, the Lady Patriots fell to 12-10 overall after losses to Lutcher (10-0) and St. Charles Catholic (5-4) on Saturday.
Against Lutcher, Ellender was limited to five hits, as Kyler Trosclair led the team by going 2-for-3.
In the second game, the Lady Patriots scored two runs and had the game-tying run on base in the seventh inning. Alyssa Bush and Lauren Lopez each drove in runs in the seventh. Trosclair went 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases.