Trojans hold off Tigers, 3-1
Sat. March 23, 2013 at 9:01 p.m. | By Jason Corbin / Sports Correspondent
Central Lafourche got clutch hits in the top of the sixth inning and denied big hits by Terrebonne in the bottom of the seventh as the Trojans took a 3-1 District 7-5A victory on Saturday in Houma.
Left-handed pitcher Bryce Guidry got the win on the mound for the Trojans.
“We have had to rebuild our team in the middle of the season,” Central Lafourche coach Scott Duplantis, who lost three players earlier in the season after they were ruled ineligible. “Two weeks ago, we basically had a brand new baseball team. Right now we are still having four-hour practices on the days before a district game. These guys are just coming out every day and really working hard and because of them it is coming together.”
In the top of the sixth inning, the Trojans (4-15 overall, 2-0 in district) showed some of that progress when Benton Pierce sent a one-out line-drive single to right field that scored Owen Hebert to put the Trojans ahead 2-1 before Cameron Gautreaux went on to cross the plate for Central Lafourche’s final run of the game on a fielder’s choice.
Guidry retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the sixth inning but had a tougher go of it in the seventh inning. After notching one of his six strikeouts to open that inning, he coaxed a ground out.
But Terrebonne (7-12, 0-3 in district) wasn’t done.
Austin Bollinger kept the Tigers alive with a single before Justin Williams reached after being hit by a pitch.
Xavier Washington then worked his way to a full count before sending a hard line drive into deep right-center field for what looked to be a game tying extra-base hit.
The ball never hit the ground, however, as Trojans right fielder Colin Richard went into a full sprint before laying out to make the catch.
“That catch was very big,” Duplantis said. “It was at a tough angle but he got a good jump on it and made it. If he doesn’t, they score two runs to tie us up and have a runner on third. Then we are best-case scenario looking at an extra-inning game and a pitching change, and who knows how this turns out? We played well on defense, and Bryce did a pronominal job for us.”
Guidry held the Tigers to four hits while yielding three walks and hitting a pair of batters. Luke Bergeron drew one of the walks to open the fifth inning before a sacrifice fly from Breagan Liner scored him to make the score 1-1.
Central Lafourche took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning after Chandler Richard reached on a walk then scored on a sacrifice from Mason Sontoyo.
Josh Hebert led the Trojans with a double, and Williams and Bollinger had two singles each for Terrebonne.
Bollinger also pitched in the first and seventh innings, striking out one while giving up a hit and two walks.
Bergeron tallied three strikeouts, walked five and gave up three hits in the middle five innings.
“You always want to have a chance to win in the seventh,” Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. “We had it, and Xavier turned on it a hit the ball well. Central’s right fielder just made a heck of a play and kept us from getting the tying run across. Central’s pitcher did a good job, and our guys did too. We just need to be able to score more runs.”
NEW IBERIA 2,
H.L. BOURGEOIS 1
At New Iberia, the Braves dropped their third one-run District 7-5A game of the season and fell to 7-10 overall and 0-3 in district. New Iberia improved to 16-3-1 and 3-0 in district.
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 7,
At Galliano, the Tarpons had 10 hits, and Stephen Robert (seven innings, no runs, five hits, eight strikeouts, walk) got the win on the mound as South Lafourche improved to 7-7 overall and 3-0 in district.
Westgate (five hits, error) fell to 5-9 and 1-3 in district.
Robert improved to 2-0 on the season, and Norry Galjour (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Cullen Matherne (2-for-3, run) and Derian Theriot (2-for-3, run) led the Tarpons at the plate.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 16,
MORGAN CITY 0
At Houma, the Terriers improved to 14-4 overall and 3-0 in District 8-4A with the run-rule win in five innings. Josh Bergeron (four innings, five strikeouts, five hits, no walks) got the win and James Cenac (inning, two strikeouts, walk, no hits) worked in relief.
Matt Bergeron (2-for-2, three RBIs, homer), Jordan Bergeron (RBI), Josh Bergeron (RBI), Chase Hawthorne (two RBIs), Blake Talbot (2-for-4, RBI), Cade Matherne (2-for-3) and Grant Bergeron (two RBIs) led the Terriers at the plate. The Tigers fell to 7-10 and 1-2 in district.
At Houma, the Patriots got a three-run homer from Matt Ledet, and fell to 3-13 overall with the nondistrict loss. Brent Duplantis suffered the loss after working five innings, and Dylan Boudreaux (hit) worked two innings of relief. Deric Hebert also had a hit for Ellender, and Runnels improved to 8-7 overall.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 10,
At Napoleonville, the Eagles improved to 10-6 with the nondistrict win, and Assumption fell to 2-16 overall.
FAMILY CHRISTIAN 5,
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 1
At Baton Rouge, E.D. White fell to 15-2 with the nondistrict loss, and Family Christian improved to 13-4. Justin Theriot suffered the loss in relief for the Cardinals after working two innings. At the plate for E.D. White, Logan Barbera doubled and Seth Gravois was 1-for-2 with a walk.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 7
At Maurepas, the Warriors fell to 8-10 overall, and Khari Coleman (seven runs, four hits, four walks) suffered the nondistrict loss in relief. Dakota Durkes started and allowed two hits, an earned run, walked one and struck out one.
Jacob Mathieu (2-for-4, RBI), Durkes (2-for-4), Connor Bates (triple, two RBIs, two walks), Devin Battaglia (hit) and Drake Battaglia (hit, stolen base) led the Warriors on offense.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 11,
At Thibodaux, the Lady Braves improved to 12-9 overall and 7-1 in District 7-5A, and Brenna Copes got the win in the circle. Lindsey McCullough, Lauren Mills and Ciara Williams (two-run homer, five RBIs) were all 3-for-4 for the Lady Braves, and Madison Percle and Stephanie Turner each added a double. Thibodaux fell to 7-12 and 4-4 in district.
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 4
At Houma, Lauren Collins (five hits, five walks, strikeout) got the win in the circle as the Lady Tigers improved to 7-11 and 3-5 in district.
Ashley Theriot led Terrebonne at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs, and South Lafourche fell to 7-12 and 1-6 in district.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 15,
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 3
At Thibodaux, Kali Clement hit a grand slam and scored two runs as the Lady Cardinals improved to 10-10 with the nondistrict win.
Madison Rodrigue (six innings, four hits, three runs, walk, three strikeouts) got the win in the circle after the game was called early because of the mercy rule. E.D. White had 13 hits and got two hits and two RBIs and three runs from Abby Richard and three hits from Sydney Falcon. Jordan Robichaux suffered the loss for Central Lafourche (4-14) and added an RBI at the plate.
VANDEBILT WINS THREE
At the Live Oak Tournament in Watson, the Lady Terriers picked up three wins to move to 14-5 overall.
On Friday night, they defeated Alexandria 8-2. Nora Keehn got the win in the circle after striking out 10, allowing three hits and walking two.
Vandebilt had 11 hits, and got three RBIS from Carly Ellender, two RBIs from Kristen Kurtz, and another Makelle Peña.
On Saturday, the Lady Terriers topped Franklinton 10-0 and Natchitoches Central 7-4.
Keehn got both wins with a combined 13 strikeouts and no walks.
Against Franklinton (two hits), Katie Fairchild worked in relief and walked none in two innings, and Kurtz and Hannah Hebert each had two RBIs.
The Lady Terriers had 15 hits, and Ellender, Peña, Mackenzie Rousseau, Erin Crane (two RBIs) and Courtney Lovoi (three RBIs) each had two hits.
Against Natchitoches Central, Crane was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, and Peyton Liner was 3-for-4.
ST, JAMES GOES 1-2
At the Ascension Christian Tournament in Gonzales, the Lady Wildcats moved to 4-11 overall after beating Tara 24-14 on Friday and falling 15-0 to Avoyelles and to Covenant Christian Academy 13-3 on Saturday.
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY GOES 3-0
At the Ascension Christian Tournament in Gonzales, the Lady Lions improved to 5-9 overall after beating Avoyelles 17-11, Tara 13-2 and St. James 13-3.
— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.