Jester's Court rallies past Bayou Boys
Tue. June 18, 2013 at 3:39 p.m. | By Teddy Renois/Staff Writer
Jester's Court Brady Morvant (14) dives back to first base as Bayou Boys' Dominic Pitre (22) awaits the throw on Monday. (Photo by Addie Gibbons/ Correspondent)
MATHEWS — Jester's Court didn't have a good start against the Golden Motors Bayou Boys in Monday's Swampland Summer Baseball League game, but the Central Lafourche-based team definitely finished well.
The Bayou Boys struck first when Cullen Matherne blasted a three-run home run to put the South Lafourche-based squad in front in the top of the first inning. That lead lasted until Jester's Court tied the game at 3 with a run in the fifth inning before completing the comeback with three runs in the sixth inning.
While it took Jester's Court's offense time to get started, starting pitcher Austin Aucoin settled down quickly after the first inning, as he and reliever Logan Alleman held the Bayou Boys to one hit over the final five innings in a 6-3 win at Broussard Field.
The victory was another come-from-behind win for Jester's Court, and coach Scott Duplantis said his team never panics and keeps playing no matter the score.
"We have a don't-quit-attitude, and we had that (Monday night). Aucoin starts for us, and he doesn't have his best stuff and gives up a three-run shot early then he gets outs after that. He does a great job," Duplantis said. "Logan Alleman has had some rough outings, but he looks like a pitcher again. They are both sophomores, so that is good to see. South Lafourche has a rough week possibly playing six games, so he may have managed his pitching differently. I don't know if it was one of those things when we got to their bullpen, (our hitters) got confident at the plate. We feel like we can win games no matter what, and that is just an aura that surrounds this team. We just feel that no matter the circumstance we are always in the ball game."
It didn't take long for Jester's Court (6-4 overall) to be in position for another come-from-behind victory when Matherne crushed an Aucoin offering in the first inning.
Bayou Boys' Dee Theriot walked to start the game then Dominic Pitre connected on a one-out single to put runners at first and second with Matherne stepping to the plate. Matherne hit a towering fly ball over the left-field fence for a 3-0 lead.
The Bayou Boys produced four hits in the first inning as Justin Saucyllio and Holden Landry each had two-out singles, but the Bayou Boys (4-4) missed a chance at more runs when Donovan Uzee flied out to end the inning.
In the top of the second inning, the Bayou Boys got back-to-back, two-out singles from Theriot and Stephen Roberts, but Pitre flied out to end that threat.
Those missed scoring chances in the first and second innings would haunt the Bayou Boys later in the game, as Aucoin settled down and allowed just one hit over the next three innings.
With Aucoin (no decision, four innings, seven hits, a walk and wild pitch) finding is groove on the hill, Jester's Court's offense found its groove with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Walks to Justin Cenac and Brady Morvant sandwiched around a two-out single by Brent Martin (2-for-3) loaded the bases for Brader Dufrene. Dufrene hit a high pop-up to right field, and Matherne had to make a long run for the ball. Matherne stumbled at the end of his run and the ball hit off the side of his glove allowing two runners to score for a 3-2 game.
The inning ended when Bryce Guidry flied out, but Jester's Court would add another run in the bottom of the fifth as Aucoin singled and later scored on Josh Hebert's fielder's choice tying the game at 3.
Jester's Court completed its comeback with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Martin got the inning going with a one-out single and was followed by Morvant, who hit a line shot out to right field. Once the ball hit the ground, it took a funny bounce away from Matherne allowing Morvant (2-for-3, triple, RBI) to reach third base as Martin scored on the triple for the 4-3 lead.
An error allowed Morvant to score for a 5-3 lead, and Guidry added the final run when he reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, then scored on Alleman's double for the 6-3 lead.
When the score was still tied at 3, the Bayou Boys had a scoring chance in the top of the sixth inning when Matherne, Cy Griffin and Uzee all walked to load the bases with two outs. Alleman (2-for-3, double, RBI), who entered the game in the fifth inning, got out of the jam when Daniel Griffin lined out.
Alleman (three innings, no hits, four walks, three strikeouts) would eventually pick up the win by getting Pitre to hit a comebacker to the mound with a runner at first base to end the game.
Bayou Boys coach Lonny Griffin said his team continued to hit the baseball after the first inning, but most of time those shots went right to the defense.
"We come out and we score three runs, and we continued to hit their pitcher. We just started to hit it right at them," Griffin said. "If it was a night where you hit the ball and it finds open space, the score is different, but if you hit it and they catch it, well hey credit to them. The next guy comes in and he is just wild enough to make it tough to hit. It is what it is we just didn't hit the ball at the end. I like my starting pitcher, and he had no clue he was starting. My second guy did well. He just left a couple of balls over the plate, and my third guy pitched well also. That is something I can take from this game."
Jay Dorr got the start and a no decision pitching 3 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. Pete Malcombe pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a run on two hits to go with a strikeout.
Roberts ended up with the loss pitching the sixth inning and giving up three runs on three hits to go with a strikeout.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC (SYNERGY BANK) 6, CENTRAL CATHOLIC (HALIMAR SHIPYARD) 0
At Morgan City, Synergy Bank improved to 12-1 overall and 9-1 in Swampland Summer Baseball League play with a shutout win on Monday.
Brennan Legendre, Seth Plaisance and Tommy Legendre combined to pitch a two-hitter for Synergy Bank.
Cameron Sanders led Synergy Bank at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a double, and Spencer Folse was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
THIBODAUX (REECO RENTAL) 14, MORGAN CITY (SKIPPER'S SPORTING GOODS) 7
At Morgan City, Reeco Rental improved to 6-4 with Monday's win.
Skipper's Sporting Goods fell to 4-6. Phillip Hutchinson suffered the loss, and he finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.