Terrebonne uses defense, pitching to edge Mustangs, 2-1
Sun. March 23, 2014 at 12:02 a.m. | By Myles Barr/Sports Correspondent
Terrebonne High starting pitcher Luke Bergeron threw into the seventh inning on Saturday and struck out four, allowed a run on four hits and got a 2-1 win over Assumption on the mound for the Tigers. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)
Terrebonne High center fielder Derrick DeHart made the play of the day and helped save the game for his team on Saturday.
DeHart’s diving catch in the top of the seventh inning helped the Tigers hold off Assumption for a 2-1 victory in the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Tiger/Cardinal Baseball Classic in Houma.
With the Tigers (10-5) leading 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning and a man on for Assumption, Aidan Sanders recorded a hit to bring Hudson Rodrigue up as the go-ahead run.
Rodrigue hit a high deep ball to center field that looked as if it might clear the fence, but DeHart sprinted back, kept track of not only the ball, but also the fast approaching fence, before diving and making the catch.
DeHart hit the cutoff man, holding both Mustangs runners at first and second bases.
“I just knew I had to do what I had to do to get the ball back in,” DeHart said. “I had to give everything up.”
The Mustangs (9-7) got on the scoreboard later in the inning when Drake Vedros was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Tyler Landry scored, but Terrebonne reliever Austin Bollinger came in for starter Luke Bergeron to secure the final out, a pop up to DeHart.
“Whenever you just give up one run as a team you must be playing some good defense,” Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. “You have to have some excellent pitching to go along with that also. Defense picked us up throughout the game. They turned a double play, had a couple tag plays at home plate, cut down some runners and there was the heck of a catch by Derrick DeHart in center field.”
Bergeron got the win after going 6 2/3 innings, striking out four and allowing four hits with the run.
“I had good defense behind me,” Bergeron said. “Solid defense. I have to thank Derrick (DeHart) for that great catch that last inning — saved my life.”
“Luke did a great job keeping those guys at bay,” Brown said. “They didn’t have a guy on third base until the last inning, so he did an excellent job.”
Assumption also got a stellar effort on the mound from Jonathan Talbot (two strikeouts, four hits). Terrebonne got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Devin Malbrough walked and Daylon LaCoste (2-for-2, run, double) slapped an RBI double to right center field that brought in Malbrough to give Terrebonne a 1-0 lead.
Assumption looked to get back into the game in the next inning but the Tigers were able to turn a double play and get out of the inning with the lead. The Tigers used that momentum to put themselves in position to blow the game wide open in the bottom of the fourth. Xavier Washington singled to right field and Matt Hebert was hit by a pitch before DeHart walked to load the bases.
But Vedros at second base fielded a hard hit grounder and flipped it to shortstop Donnie Clifton, who tagged second before throwing it to first for the 4-6-3 double play. In the fifth, LaCoste and Xane Washington both singled and Bollinger’s RBI single allowed LaCoste to cross home plate, giving Terrebonne a 2-0 lead. Vedros ended the inning by catching a pop fly over his right shoulder in shallow right field.
Assumption coach Richard Abarr said he was proud of his team effort.
“Our guys are scrappy. We are like gnats that won’t go away,” Abarr said. “We never give up. We give teams all they can handle and the culture is changing at Assumption. We are no longer going to accept losing. We are becoming a team that people know is going to battle. I liked my guys attitudes and that will lead to wins down the road. I am very proud of them.”
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 13,
MORGAN CITY 2
At the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Tiger/Cardinal Baseball Classic from Thibodaux, the Cardinals improved to 13-2 overall and Seth Plaisance went four innings in taking the win on the mound.
Scottie Sanders (two doubles) and Thomas Legendre (two hits) led E.D. White at the plate.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 7,
H.L. BOURGEOIS 1
At the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Tiger/Cardinal Baseball Classic from Houma, the Eagles scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to blow the game open and they improved to 11-2 overall.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 3
Also at Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Tiger/Cardinal Baseball Classic from Thibodaux, Redemptorist improved to 11-5 overall and Vandebilt fell to 8-9 on the season. Chase Hawthorne (nine hits, four walks, strikeout) suffered the loss on the mound and James Smith (2 2/3 innings, four hits, two strikeouts) worked in relief.
Offensive leaders for the Terriers included Kye Matherne (2-for-3), Kevin Guenoit (hit), Jared Bigler (hit, RBI) and Kane Degruise (triple, two RBIs).
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 9,
ST. JAMES 0
At St. James, the Warriors improved to 4-10 after Drake Battaglia worked seven innings, allowed a hit, walked two and struck out 12. The Warriors scored a run in the third, a run in the fourth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Khari Coleman (2-for-3, double), Thailer Lovell (2-for-4, RBI), Ben Trosclair (double), Devin Battaglia (2-for-4, double, RBI), Austin Bland (hit, RBI) and Gage Dupre (2-for-3, three RBIs) led the Warriors’ offense.