Big innings propel Trinity Tools past South Louisiana Bank
Fri. June 21, 2013 at 10:24 a.m. | By Jason Corbin / Sports Correspondent
BOURG — Trinity Tools coach Tristan Rogers told his team that if it wanted to make the Swampland Baseball League playoffs, they needed to sweep the final week of the season.
The Covenant Christian Academy-based team had momentum on its side with a three-game winning streak heading into Thursday's regular-season finale against South Lafourche Bank.
Trinity Tools responded with a 13-4 win over the South Terrebonne-based team.
"We swept this week and it puts us at 7-4. I am not sure if that will get us in, but we did come out here and compete. We really gelled over the summer, and that is important." Rogers said. "We want to win every pitch. South Louisiana is exceptionally well coached, and they battled. But we kept at it, and our guys played really hard."
Trinity Tools set the tone of the game early with a five-run first inning. Singles from Caleb Ledet, Lance Lasseire and Jake Bates coupled with a pair of South Louisiana Bank errors put the Lions ahead 5-0 going into the bottom of the first inning.
South Louisiana Bank responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted Tyler Crochet's and Blake Freeman's double to make the score 5-2. South Louisiana Bank continued to get runners on, but a stingy Trinity Tools' defense stranded 11 and denied them the opportunity to get closer.
Trinity Tools added to its lead in the second inning when Connor Bates hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Zac Folmer. The Lions added another run in the fifth when Caleb Ledet scored on a throwing error for a 7-2 lead.
South Louisiana Bank threatened in the bottom of the fifth after loading the bases with one out. Trinity Tools got out of the inning when pitcher Cullen Ledet got the Gators to hit into an inning-ending double play.
"They saw our starter twice, and that was there third time through the line-up," Rogers said. "Cullen said he wanted the ball and he got it. Those guys hit the ball well but we got the ground ball we needed at the perfect time."
Cullen Ledet went on to strike out two over the final two innings. He replaced Bates, who went 5 1/3 innings striking out three while yielding two walks and a hit batter. The dup combined to give up 10 hits.
In the top of the seventh, Trinity Tools took advantage of four walks and two errors to increase its lead to 13-3. LeBlanc and Seth Gros helped the Lions score six runs in the inning with a pair of hits.
Crochet singled to open South Louisiana Bank's half of the inning and accounted for his team's last run after scoring on a single from Matt Benoit.
"They got a five spot in the first," South Louisiana Bank coach Sham Gabehart said. "If there is an Achilles' heel for us, it is the first inning. We gave up a five-pitch walk in the first at bat. We had him picked off at first, but the throw got away and he ended up on third. Then, we got a ground ball error, and that kick-started their offense. We had trouble again in the seventh. With the new bats, pitching and defense is obviously going to be really important. Right now, we are struggling on defense and our pitching isn't strong enough to record many strikeouts and mask our deficiencies. But, our kids will bounce back. We'll be alright."
Folmar led Trinity Tools going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Caleb Ledet contribute two hits and two RBIs, while Dexter LeBlanc went 2-for-3.
Blake Freeman led the Gators going 2-for-3 with a double. Crochet went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, while Jace Pinell went 2-for-3.
TERREBONNE (DIAMONDBACKS) 7, H.L. BOURGEOIS 1
At Gray, the Diamondbacks wrapped up the third seed in the Swampland playoffs with a 9-3 regular season record. Austin Bollinger got the complete-game win on the mound after striking out four, allowing three hits and no earned runs.
Matt Hebert had a two-run single. H.L. Bourgeois fell to 1-11.
Also on Thursday, Berwick (Taco Bell) topped Central Catholic (Halimar Shipyard) 9-1 to take the second seed in the playoffs.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE (JESTER'S COURT) 3, ASSUMPTION 2
At Mathews, Jester's Court (8-5) secured the fourth spot in the Swampland playoffs after Brady Morvant worked three innings, allowed no runs and a hit.
Benton Pierce was 2-for-3 and had the game-winning hit for Jester's Court. Bryce Guidry was also 2-for-2.
Assumption fell to 3-10.
THIBODAUX (REECO RENTAL) 8, PATTERSON 7 (8 INNINGS)
At Thibodaux, Peyton Bonvillain scored Wesley Lassere with the game-winning hit as Reeco Rental wrapped up Swampland play at 6-6.
Bonvillain was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Dane Adams got the win on the mound for Reeco Rental.
Patterson ended the summer at 1-10.
GAMES NOT PLAYED
Thursday's game between Vandebilt Catholic (Robichaux Ford) and Morgan City (Skipper's Sporting Goods) was rained out. The varsity game will be played at noon on Saturday in Morgan City.
The E.D. White Catholic (Synergy Bank) at South Lafourche (Golden Motors Bayou Boys) game was also rained out Thursday and will not be made up. Synergy Bank is the No. 1 seed in the Swampland playoffs and get a bye on Monday.
— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.