Taco Bell rallies past Diamondbacks, 4-1

Diamondbacks' Xane Washington (right) tags out Taco Bell's Brooks Richard at second base during Tuesday's game. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)

Terrebonne High-based Diamondbacks pitcher Quinn Malbrough was on cruise control against Berwick-based Taco Bell on Tuesday night in Swampland Baseball League action until he hit a major speed bump just one out away from victory.

Taco Bell scored four runs off Malbrough with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to steal a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks in Houma.

With the Diamondbacks leading 1-0, and with two outs and no one on base in the top of the seventh, Bobby Boudreaux started things for the visitors with a bloop single to right field. Then came a walk.

Next, Daniel Gray laced a ground-rule double that bounced over the fence in right field to score Boudreaux and tie it at 1.

From there, Taco Bell (8-3) added three more runs after an infield single by Justin Morvant and two Diamondbacks (8-3) errors for the eventual 4-1 win.

"We had nobody on base," Taco Bell coach Mike Thomas said of how his team started the top of the seventh. "They could have easily given up with two outs, but they didn't. We got that timely double that tied the game up, and we found a way to win. This summer program is about having your guys together and finding a way to win when your backs are against the wall, and they did that."

Malbrough finished by working all seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out six and walking two.

"It was one of those things where the other team kept fighting," Diamondbacks coach Gus Brown said. "They never gave up and put the ball in play. We pitched really well, but our offense and defense didn't rise to the occasion. Much credit to their pitcher, he did a great job of keeping his team in the game and giving them a shot."

The Taco Bell starting pitcher was Brandon Fryou, who will be a sophomore next season. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowed a run on four hits, struck out five and walked one.

"He is not overpowering by any means, but he competed his butt off for 6 2/3 innings," Thomas said.

Nick Duthu got the final out for Taco Bell (six hits, three errors) via a strikeout after a two errors and single put two runners on with two outs for the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the seventh.

Through the first six innings, any attempt at Taco Bell getting something going on offense was stopped by a stellar Terrebonne defense, which turned two double plays and added a couple other sparking plays on the infield.

"Defensively, they did a great job and their pitcher did an outstanding job, but our guys gave themselves a chance to win it in the last inning," Thomas said. "Our pitcher (Fryou) helped us do that."

The Diamondbacks, who with Taco Bell are in line to make the six-team Swampland playoffs to be held June 24-26 at Berwick High, got two hits from Derrick DeHart and stranded five runners on base. Their only run came when DeHart scored from third base on a bunt by Xane Washington up the first-base line in the bottom of the fifth inning.

"Earlier in the game we had a couple of chances to get some more runs, but we could not get the guys in," Brown said. "That would have put a little bit more pressure on Taco Bell. We could have got them down if we could have scored more early, especially with the way Quinn was pitching."


At Galliano, with the win and a forfeit victory over Patterson from earlier in the season the Bayou Boys moved to 6-4 in Swampland play.

H.L. Bourgeois (six hits, error) fell to 1-10.

Daniel Griffin got the win on the mound after working 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, with four walks and no earned runs. Alec Danos got the save after working 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout, a walk and an earned run.

Cy Griffin led the Bayou Boys (two hits, three errors) with a double, a run and two walks. Daniel Griffin added a hit for the Bayou Boys.


At Houma, Robichaux Ford moved to 4-6, and Assumption fell to 3-9. Hunter George worked three innings and struck out six in the win for Robichaux Ford.

Offensive leaders for Robichaux Ford included Grant Bergeron (2-for-3, RBI, run), Todd Matherne (hit, RBI), Tyler Colombell (hit, RBI), Jared Bigler (hit), David Yancey (hit, run), Cade Matherne (hit) and Grant Louviere (hit, run).


At Thibodaux, Justin Theriot and Seth Plaisance combined for a one-hitter on the mound for Synergy Bank, which with a 10-1 record clinched the top seed and a Day 1 bye in next week's six-team Swampland playoffs to be held at Berwick High June 24-26.

Brennan Eschete led Synergy Bank at the plate by going 3-for-4. Jester's Court fell to 6-5 on the summer.


At Bourg, Skipper's improved to 5-6, and South Louisiana Bank fell to 5-7.

Ethan Scioneaux got the win on the mound for Skipper's and was 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Cameron Marcantel got the save.

Other offensive leaders for Skipper's were Rhett Fryou (2-for-4, RBI), John Ross McNemar (2-for-4), Evan Stadalis (2-for-4, RBI), Matt Lorenzo (3-for-4, two doubles, two RBIs), Nick Spinella (2-for-4, double) and Philip Hutchinson (2-for-4).

Joey Brunet took the loss for SLB (four hits).

Gavin Hebert had three singles and an RBI for SLB, and Tyler Crochet added a single.

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.