Patriots rally to top Thibodaux Tigers


Thibodaux High had a four-run lead going into the fourth inning, and it looked like the Tigers might cruise to victory, but the Ellender Patriots had other ideas.

Ellender burst through for six runs in the top of the fourth inning on its way to an 8-6 victory at the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Tiger/Cardinal Baseball Classic from Houma on Saturday.

Dylan A. Billiot (2-for-4, two runs) started things off with a lead-off single. Starting pitcher Dylan Boudreaux (complete-game win, three earned runs, eight hits, four walks, six strikeouts) drew a walk and Matt Ledet (hit, run) blooped one to center field for a single to load the bases.

A pickoff attempt at third went high, scoring Billiot. Thibodaux (7-6) starter Dane Adams then walked Layne Pitre (two walks, run) to load the bases again, and that was it for Adams, one of five pitchers the Tigers used in the game, three in the fourth inning alone.

Reliever Jace Haydel walked Kyler Pitre (hit, run, two RBIs) which pushed in a run, and Jordan Gautreaux (3-for-4, run, three RBIs) followed that with an RBI single to left field to load the bases again.

Haydel walked in another run to make it 5-5, and that was it for Haydel, who gave way to Garrett Molaison. Molaison allowed two runs making it 7-5 in the middle of the fourth. Ellender scored six runs on three hits.

"Our pitchers didn't throw strikes," Thibodaux coach Darrell Hebert said. "When you can't throw strikes you bring in another pitcher, and he couldn't throw strikes. Ellender hit the ball. We couldn't throw enough strikes to keep them off balance. Big innings like that are going to pile up unless you can find someone to close the door."

Ellender (4-11) loaded the bases again in the sixth, knocking Molaison out the game and bringing in Wesley Lassere, who got Billiot to ground out, getting out of the jam.

The Patriots picked up an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Lassere walked the first two hitters he faced, bringing pitcher number five for the Tigers, Jake Murry. Murry walked the first batter he faced, loading the bases, but struck out two of the next three, only allowing one run on Gautreaux's fielder's choice to short. A tag out at home got the Tigers their third out, with the score 8-5 going into the bottom of the last inning.

"When you have a big inning, your players get pumped. They get excited. They don't want it to stop," Ellender coach Jerry Gaudet said.

Boudreaux, despite his rough start, added a hit, two walks and scored two runs hung tough for the complete-game victory on the mound.

"We had to talk to him on the side, tell him to focus, not change what he was doing," Gaudet said. "He gave up four walks early, but he came back strong and threw a lot of strikes."

Adams took the loss for the Tigers and Bryce Neal and Dustin Creppel each added an RBI for Ellender.

H.L. BOURGEOIS 6,

ELLENDER 1

Also at the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Tiger/Cardinal Baseball Classic from Houma, H.L. Bourgeois shortstop Dalton Louviere turned an unassisted triple play in the third inning and the Braves took the win.

With runners on first and second and no outs, Louviere caught a sharp line drive, stepped on second base and threw back to first for the triple play.

Seth Boudreaux got the complete-game victory on the mound for H.L. Bourgeois (2-13).

Ledet suffered the complete-game loss on the mound for Ellender after allowing four hits, an earned run, striking out five and walking three.

Leaders for Ellender at the plate were Boudreaux (hit, RBI), Creppel (run), Ledet (hit), Neal (hit) and Billiot (hit).

ELLENDER 9,

EAST ST. JOHN 5

Also at the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Tiger/Cardinal Baseball Classic from Houma on Friday night.

Creppel worked four innings and got the win for Ellender after allowing five hits, four earned runs and striking out three.

Ledet worked two innings of relief, struck out four, allowed a hit and an unearned run for the Patriots. Boudreaux also worked in relief for Ellender. At the plate, Ledet was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two stolen bases, Creppel was 2-for-4 with two runs, two doubles and a stolen base, Pitre had a hit and scored two runs, Gautreaux added a hit and a run and Steven Foret, Billiot and Michael Cotton each added an RBI.

SOFTBALL

THIBODAUX 15

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 0

At Thibodaux, the Lady Tigers scored 12 runs in the third inning and had 10 hits in improving to 6-10 overall and 3-1 in District 7-5A.

Brook Navarre threw a one-hitter for Thibodaux in taking the win in the circle. The game was stopped in the fourth inning. Jamie Granier singled and reached base three times in the game and Kari Guidry doubled for the Lady Tigers.

ASSUMPTION 8,

OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC 5

At the Brusly Tournament, the Lady Mustangs (12 hits) improved to 8-10 overall after Amanda Gianelloni brought home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. She had two RBIs and Kirstyn Torres got the victory in the circle after striking out three and walking one. Harley Gauthreau and Chelsea Daigle had two RBIs each for Assumption.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 17,

RIDGEWOOD PREP 1

At Metairie, the Lady Lions improved to 8-6 overall and to 5-1 in District 9-1A.

CCA had 15 hits and scored 15 runs in the second. Naomi Trujillo (four RBIs, homer, three hits), Kelsey Bourg (three RBIs) and McKinley Carter (three RBIs) led CCA at the plate. Zoe LeBouef got the win in the circle for CCA.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC WINS TWO

At the Brulsy Tournament, the Lady Terriers topped Parkview Baptist 2-1 and a previously undefeated Jewel Sumner team 2-1 in eight innings on Saturday to improve to 9-5 on the season.

Against Parkview, Nora Keehn got the win in the circle with 11 strikeouts, no walks and allowed six hits. Kylie Dufrene was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Against Sumner, Mackenzie Rousseau struck out four, walked one and gave up three hits in the starting role and Keehn (13 strikeouts, no walks, no hits) got the win in relief. Lauren Porche was 2-for-3 and Kaityln Dardar homered to tie the game in the seventh before Hannah Hebert drove in a run in the top of the eighth inning.

SOUTH TERREBONNE TAKES SECOND

At the Ascension Christian Tournament, the Lady Gators placed second in the tourney after beating Baker 17-0, Tara 18-3 and losing to Doyle 6-5.

Lauren Cavalier got both wins in the circle and offensive leaders were Kelsey Pellegrin (4-for-6, seven runs), Claire LeBlanc (4-for-6, six RBIs, six runs), Sarah LeBouef (4-for-7, five RBIs) and Melissa Brunet (7-for-8, six RBIs, seven runs).

ELLENDER GOES 1-1

At the Lutcher Tournament, the Lady Patriots moved to 12-5 on the season after beating Lutcher 1-0 and losing to St. Charles Catholic 5-3. Against Lutcher, the Lady Patriots scored in the first inning after Alyssa Bush, the winning pitcher, delivered an RBI single.

Against St. Charles Catholic, Elender out-hit the Lady Comets 6-5, but there errors in the fifth inning led to two runs for St. Charles. Megan Ledet (2-for-3, single, double) and Brianna Bourg (single, double) led the Lady Pats at the plate.

ST. JAMES DROPS TWO

At the Ascension Christian Tournament, the Lady Wildcats fell 9-8 to Ascension Christian and 11-0 to Haynes and fell to 5-11 overall.