Late runs seal win for Thibodaux
Wed. March 27, 2013 at 11:01 a.m. | By Wil Touchet/Sports Correspondent
Thibodaux's Garrett Molaison (5) slides home under the tag of Terrebonne catcher Matt Hebert in Tuesday's game. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)
After six innings, it appeared Tuesday's District 7-5A matchup between the Thibodaux and Terrebonne was going to go down to the wire.
But Thibodaux extended its slim lead in the game's final inning to seal the victory. Thibodaux scored three runs in the top of the seventh for an 8-4 win at Tiger Field in Houma.
Leading 5-4 in the seventh with two outs, Thibodaux loaded the bases and capitalized on a Terrebonne error and a Wesley Lassere base hit to score the three runs. Lassere (2-for-4, two RBIs), who picked up the win for Thibodaux in relief, retired the side with two strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh to end any Terrebonne threat.
"We came up big when we had to. Up until that inning, it was a great game," Thibodaux coach Darrell Hebert said. "We got a few bunts down and drew some walks which caused some problems. We went ahead in the game on a backside hit. Then they made an error that cost them. That really hurt them. We were able to get a few hits in that last inning. We were also fortunate to pitch well to their really good batters in the end. Our guys played well."
Thibodaux (8-7 overall, 2-1 district) jumped to out a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Lassere reached on a fielder's choice that scored Garrett Molaison (2-for-3, run).
Terrebonne (7-13 overall, 0-4 district) answered in the bottom of the first when Xavier Washington hit a home run to left centerfield that scored Justin Williams for a 2-1 lead.
Terrebonne extended their lead to 3-1 on a Christian Burgo single that scored Derrick DeHart in the bottom of the second inning.
In Thibodaux's half of the third, Chase Naquin hit a sacrifice groundout that scored Peyton Bonvillain (3-for-5, run) and cut the lead to 3-2.
With runners at the corners in the top of the fourth, Thibodaux tied the game at 3 when starting pitcher Tyler Molaison singled to right field to score Dustin Clement (3-for-3, run, RBI).
Thibodaux took the lead in the fifth inning when Dane Adams hit into a sacrifice groundout that scored Ross Eschete and made it 4-3.
Thibodaux added another run on a Terrebonne error that allowed Naquin to score from third for a 5-3 lead after five innings.
Terrebonne made it a one-run game, 5-4, when Jeffery Deroche drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Tyler Molaison hit a grounder to second base that Devin Malbrough couldn't come up with that allowed Jace Haydel to score from third and extended the Thibodaux lead to 6-4. Lassare's two-run single up the middle that scored Clement and Garrett Molaison capped the scoring for Thibodaux.
"Well, we definitely didn't play well enough to win tonight," Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. "We did score more runs than we did in any other district game, but we just gave up a whole lot more. Our pitcher didn't have his best stuff, but he fought through it. He went 6 2/3 innings, but we just didn't make some plays behind him. We gave them a few runners, and we left a few of our runners on base at inopportune times. When you do that, it's hard to expect to win."
Quinn Malbrough took the loss for Terrebonne. He pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up eight runs (six earned) on 13 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
NEW IBERIA 4, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 0
At New Iberia, the Yellow Jackets improved to 17-3-1 overall and 4-0 in District 7-5A, and the Tarpons fell to 7-8 overall and 2-1 in district.
New Iberia scored three runs in the first inning and one in the sixth.
Stephen Robert (2-for-4) and J.J. Jimenez (2-for-3) led the Tarpons' offense. Cody Helmer was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 17, ELLENDER 6
At Houma, the Terriers improved to 15-4 overall and 4-0 in District 8-4A, and Jacob Walker got the win on the mound after working all seven innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight.
Ellender fell to 3-14 and 2-1 in district.
Matt Bergeron (4-for-5), Walker (3-for-4), Jordan Bergeron (2-for-5), Josh Bergeron (2-for-4) and Chase Hawthorne (2-for-4) led the Terriers at the plate.
MORGAN CITY 8, ASSUMPTION 3
At Morgan City, the Tigers improved to 8-10 overall and 2-2 in District 8-4A, and Assumption fell to 2-17 and 0-4 in district.
BRUSLY 10, ST. JAMES 0
At St. James, the Panthers improved to 15-4 overall and 1-2 in District 7-3A. St. James fell to 6-7 and 2-1 in district.
John Boughton (single) suffered the loss on the mound. Christian Scioneaux had a double for the Wildcats, and Chris Breaud added a single.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 16, ST. MARTIN'S 12
At Houma's Southland Field, the Warriors improved to 10-10 overall and 3-1 in District 10-1A. Connor Bates (5 2/3 innings, 10 runs, one earned, seven hits, seven strikeouts, six walks, hit by pitch).
The Warriors scored two runs in the first inning, eight in the second, two in the fourth and four in the sixth. St. Martin's (10-7, 2-2 in district) scored three runs in the first, a run in the fourth, six runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Ben Trosclair (3-for-4, RBI), Drake Battaglia (2-for-3, walk, three RBIs, stolen base), Dakota Durkes (2-for-4, walk, RBI, stolen base), Bates (2-for-5, two RBIs) and Khari Coleman (double, two runs, stolen base) led the Warriors at the plate. Bates has a two-run single in the second for the Warriors, and Coleman added a two-out double that scored two runs in the fourth. Drake Battaglia had a two-run single in the sixth made a diving catch with the bases loaded to end the game in the seventh.
— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.