Gators streak past Patriots, 13-3
Sun. March 31, 2013 at 1:14 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
South Terrebonne's Cullen Bergeron (right) greets Tyler Crochet (8) at home plate after his inside-the-park home run during Saturday's game in Bourg. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)
BOURG — South Terrebonne's Cullen Bergeron had never hit an inside-the-park home run.
But Saturday afternoon versus District 8-4A rival Ellender, Bergeron took advantage of one of several Patriots errors to accomplish the feat.
Leading off the bottom of the fourth inning already ahead 6-0, Bergeron smacked what appeared to be a routine single to left field. When the ball rolled past Patriot outfielder Gabe Verdin to the wall, Bergeron flew around the base path and scored standing up.
"When I saw (Verdin) misplay the ball I had it in my mind that I will make it all the way," Bergeron said. "So I just kept on running."
The run helped propel the Gators to a 13-3 mercy rule victory in six innings and served as a microcosm for the Patriots season.
"One error leads to another, and the snowball effect takes over," Ellender coach David Angeron said. "This game can be contagious game in a positive way or contagious in a negative way. We let one mistake turn into three or four mistakes."
Gators starter Blake Pellegrin earned the win, throwing three strikeouts, allowing five hits and three walks in five innings.
Patriots pitcher Matt Ledet took the loss with three strikeouts, permitting eight hits and two walks.
South Terrebonne (10-13 overall, 3-2 in district) jumped all over Ellender from the first inning. Matt Benoit drove in Bergeron, then consecutive RBI singles by Kurt Arceneaux and Sam White plated Tyler Crochet and Arceneaux, respectively, for a 3-0 lead.
Gavin Hebert scored in the second inning during a rundown, and in the third inning, a Tony Billiot single drove in Benoit and Arceneaux. After Bergeron's home run, Joey Brunet slapped an RBI double in the fifth that scored Billiot and gave the Gators an 8-0 lead.
"We're getting a lot more comfortable with the way we're playing. We're not letting things get too fast on us," Gators coach Sham Gabehart said. "We did a really good job driving guys in. Our guys hit the ball where it was pitched, hit the ball hard and made things happen."
Ellender (3-16, 2-3 in 8-4A) rallied for its three runs in the top of the sixth. Verdin's single brought home Nick Robinson, Deric Hebert scored on a wild pitch, and Brent Duplantis plated on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Ford.
South Terrebonne scored the final five runs of the game with two outs. Back-to-back singles by White and Billiot drove in Jace Pinell and Drey Dupre. A two-run double by Hebert scored Billiot and Brunet, and a triple from Bergeron plated Hebert.
Angeron hopes his team can refocus on the field after a week away from the classroom.
"We're not playing well right now, kind of falling apart as a team. Leadership isn't there," he said. "I think our mentality is we're on Spring Break too. We're ready to get back to our normal routine."
Seeing the way his Gators finished off Patriots, Gabehart believes they are peaking at the right time.
"You want to play your best baseball late in the year. That's what we're striving to do," he said. "That goes back to trying to play the game the right way, playing it hard and taking advantage of opportunities when you get them."
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 8,
H.L. BOURGEOIS 6
At Galliano, the Tarpons used 10 hits to improve their record to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in District 7-5A play.
H.L. Bourgeois opened with a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but South Lafourche scored five runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to go up 8-2. The Braves scored two runs in each the fifth and seventh innings, but fell short of victory.
Cullen Matherne was the winning pitcher for South Lafourche, allowing two hits, three earned runs, six walks and striking out three in five innings of work. Corey Helmer (two innings, one walk, three hits and one earned run) got the save for the Tarpons.
Leading batters for the Tarpons were Stephen Robert (2-for-4, two runs), Norry Galjour (2-for-3, with a run and RBI each) and Colby Callais (2-for-4, home run, two runs and four RBIs).
Bobby Ellender (3 1/3 innings, six earned runs, five hits, two strikeouts) took the loss for H.L. Bourgeois (8-11, 1-4 in district), while Nick Bonvillain (2 1/3, three strikeouts, two hits) got time on the mound.
Christian Bergeron (2-for-3) led the Braves at the plate.
NEW IBERIA 4,
At Houma, the Tigers dropped to 7-15 overall and 0-6 in district with the loss.
Quinn Malbrough was the losing pitcher for Terrebonne, allowing just five hits, four strikeouts and one earned run.
Leading hitters for Terrebonne were Matt Hebert (2-for-3 with a RBI triple and single), Gage Veron (2-for-4) and Xavier Washington (2-for-2 and two runs scored).
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 7,
THIBODAUX 5, 8 INNINGS
At Thibodaux, the Trojans led 5-1 in the fifth inning, but the Tigers rallied back with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the contest into extra innings. Central scored two runs in the top of the eighth to get the win.
Logan Alleman was the winning pitcher for Central Lafourche, and Bryce Guidry got the save.
Colin Richard went 2-for-4 with a single and double for the Trojans, while Mason Sontoyo hit the game-winning two-run RBI double.
Dane Adams was the losing pitcher for Thibodaux.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 8,
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 5
At Galliano, Jordan Robichaux tossed 10 strikeouts and helped the Lady Trojans improve to 6-15 overall and 4-6 in district.
Robichaux allowed two hits, five runs (three earned) and two runs.
Leading hitters for the Lady Trojans were Alexis Monfra (2-for-5), Kourtney LeBlanc (2-for-4) and Raven LeBlanc (2-for-3). Taylor Kimball added two RBIs, while Kaylee Cole and Karen Levron each had run-scoring hits for Central Lafourche.
South Lafourche dropped to 7-15 overall and 1-9 in district.