Diamondbacks walk off with win



BERWICK — The Terrebonne High-based Diamondbacks needed a walk-off hit to beat Reeco Rental and advance in the Swampland Summer Baseball League playoffs on Monday.

The Diamondbacks led for most of the game until the Thibodaux High-based Reeco Rental scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. After tying the game in the bottom of the sixth, the Diamondbacks scored the game-winning run on Jalen Williams' walk-off single for a 3-2 victory at Berwick High School.

The Diamondbacks, the No. 3 seed, will play the Berwick-based Taco Bell, the No. 2 seed, at 5 today at Berwick High School in a semifinal game.

Diamondbacks coach Gus Brown said his team never lost focus and that is why they rallied for the win.

"Both sides were patient, and when we got behind, we got the big double from a pinch-hitter in the top of the sixth inning. Then we were able to scratch back in the seventh and get the win," Brown said. "The guys stayed focused late in the game, and our pitcher (Luke Bergeron) did a great job all the way through. His pitch count was low, but I think the heat got to him. We came out with a fresh arm in the seventh inning and got it done."

The game was scoreless for three innings until the Diamondbacks got a run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Bergeron beat out an infield single, but he went all the way to third base on the play thanks to a throwing error. Two batters later, Bergeron scored on Devin Malbrough's fielder's choice for a 1-0 lead.

While Bergeron (2-for-2, double) was doing damage at the plate, he was also tough on the mound.

Bergeron held Reeco Rental, the No. 4 seed, hitless through four innings and the first base runner he allowed came in the top of the fifth inning when hit Chase Naquin in the batter's box.

Bergeron got out of the fifth inning without giving up a run, but he wasn't so lucky in the top of the sixth inning.

Reeco Rental loaded the bases against Bergeron thanks to a hit batsman, an error and an intentional walk. With two outs, Garrett Molaison stepped in and connected on Reeco Rental's first hit of the game. The single scored a run, and while the outfielder bobbled the ball, another run scored giving Reeco Rental a 2-1 lead.

Bergeron got the next batter to line out to end the inning.

The Diamondbacks got the run back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Devin Malbrough singled and later scored on pinch-hitter Brett Bergeron's double tying the game at 2.

Reeco Rental did get a lead-off single by Naquin in the top of the seventh inning, but he was erased on a caught stealing as Quinn Malbrough held Reeco Rental scoreless in the inning working in relief.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Jeffery DeRoche coaxed a walk and Austin Bollinger bunting him over to second base. Williams stepped to the plate and drilled a single to centerfield that eventually scored DeRoche and gave the Diamondbacks the 3-2 win.

Williams said he was just trying to make contact and when the outfielder misplayed his single that allowed DeRoche to score.

"I was just trying to do what they taught us, to make contact and move the runner over. But, when he missed the ball it gave him a chance to keep running the bases," Williams said. "It was the most intense game we've played all summer. We just had to keep our heads up when they went up 2-1, but we came back and that is another good thing for us to do."

Even though Reeco Rental had just two hits in the game, the Thibodaux-based team hit several balls hard, but the Diamondbacks came up with a few outstanding defensive plays.

Williams robbed Peyton Bonvillain of extra bases when he dove to catch a sinking line drive in left field in the second inning. Also in the fourth inning, Wesley Lassere crushed a pitch to deep centerfield, but Derrick DeHart made a running catch just a few feet from the wall.

Reeco Rental coach Darrell Hebert said his team didn't play well even though it had a chance to win at the end.

"Our pitchers didn't do well (Monday). We had to use three, and we finally hit the ball a little bit at the end. (Bergeron) was good and he was working fast, but what we hit 11 balls right at their defense," Hebert said. "The ball against the wall in centerfield, great catch. We hit several ground balls to their shortstop, and they made the plays. We just didn't pitch well."

Bergeron got a no decision by giving up the two runs on a hit with a walk, a hit batsman and four strikeouts. Quinn Malbrough got the win in relief.

Jake Murry started for Reeco Rental but got a no decision after pitching 4 1/3 innings and giving up a run on three hits with two walks, a hit batsman and a strikeout. Also for Reeco Rental, Logan Thibodaux and Lassere pitched in relief with Lassere taking the loss.

 

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE (JESTER'S COURT) 5, COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (TRINITY TOOLS) 3

At Berwick, Jester's Court starting pitcher Bryce Guidry wasn't perfect, but he was unhittable in a 5-3 win over Trinity Tools in Monday's Swampland Summer Baseball League playoff game.

Guidry and Chandler Richard combined to no-hit Trinty Tools, the No. 5 seed, to help Jester's Court, the No. 4 seed, advance to today's semifinal game against Synergy Bank, the No. 1 seed.

Today's game is slated for 7 p.m. at Berwick High school.

Guidry got the win by pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up three unearned runs on no hits with three walks, a hit batsman and nine strikeouts. Richard pitched the final 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs and no hits with four strikeouts.

"It was the ugliest no-hitter I've ever seen. It ends 5-3 and it was close at the end," Jester's Court coach Scott Duplantis said. "Bryce did a great job and this was his longest outing of the summer. He did a good job, but he did get into trouble in the sixth inning, and he was shaky in walking some guys. Thankfully, they never got the big hit. Thankfully, when they scored it was on an error or a mental mistake. We also took a lead early and that hasn't happened for us all summer. We've been a slow starting team and it was strange for us to score runs early."

The Central Lafourche-based Jester's Court did get off to a fast start with a run in the first inning and two more in the second for a 3-0 lead. Justin Cenac had a RBI-single in the first inning, and Guidry and Seth Dufrene had back-to-back RBI-singles in the second inning for the three-run lead.

After a scoreless third inning, Jester's Court added a run in the fourth inning on Dufrene's bases-loaded walk and one more in the fifth inning on Josh Hebert's solo home run for a 5-0 lead.

While Jester's Court was scoring runs, the Covenant Christian Academy-based Trinity Tools team was having trouble just getting base runners in the game.

Trinity Tools had a runner reach base on errors in the second and third innings, but each time, the runners were left stranded. However, in the top of the sixth inning, Trinity Tools took advantage of three errors, four wild pitches and three walks to score three times and make it a 5-3 game. Zac Folmar, Caleb Ledet and Conner Bates all scored in the sixth inning for Trinity Tools.

Trinity Tools could've scored more in the sixth inning with two runners on and one out, but Guidry struck out the next batter, then Richard came in and ended the threat and inning with a strikeout.

Richard didn't give Trinity Tools any chance for a rally in the top of the seventh inning as he struck out the side to end the game.

"You got to tip your hat to their pitchers. They threw strikes and competed, but we did get some things going in the sixth inning. We did scratch for a few runs, but credit to their pitching for getting it done," Trinity Tools coach Tristan Rogers said. "Offensively, they hit some balls hard. I think we will be alright. We are a young team, and it is all about competing and giving guys a lot of innings in the summer to get better for next year."

Bates took the loss for Trinity Tools pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Cullen Ledet pitched the final 2 1/3 innings giving up a run on a hit, a walk and a strikeout.