Synergy Bank holds on to edge Braves


GRAY — The H.L. Bourgeois-based Braves appeared to be on the verge of completing a major comeback against E.D. White Catholic-based Synergy Bank on Thursday.

With the bases loaded and one out, the Braves trailed Synergy Bank 10-8 with the top of their lineup at the plate. But things didn't work out for the Braves, as the game was called because of darkness giving Synergy Bank a 10-8 win.

The umpires made the decision to call the game at 8 p.m. out of concern for player safety, The game could have been called at the end of the sixth inning, but both teams agreed to try to play the final inning.

"Unfortunately we put ourselves in a situation where we had to take drastic measures to try and take control of these games," Braves coach Cameron Pierce said. "Toward the end, we told runners on first and second that if there's any doubt, just go. If it gets caught it gets caught. We put ourselves in a position where we have to take unnecessary gambles."

The Braves (3-6 overall) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Bryson Marsala stole home.

But after that, Synergy Bank (5-2) took control of the game, tying the game at 1 in the second inning on Brodie Falgoust's RBI double scored Hunter Lindley (thre runs, three stolen bases). Braves' Todd Atkins got out of a bases-loaded jam by striking put Eli Sternfels.

Synergy Bank kept things going in the third inning, scoring four runs for a 5-1 lead. After Michael Hawkins scored on a throwing error, Trey St. Pierre scored on Dylan Falgoust's sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead. Synergy Bank's Lindley and Brodie Falgoust each scored a run when the Braves mishandled the ball for a 5-1 lead.

The Braves fought back in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, Seth Boudreaux (2-for-3) walked to bring home Dalton Louviere making the score 5-2. After a pitching the change, the Braves scored two more runs on walks to cut their deficit to 5-4.

With bases loaded and one out, Braves' Hunter Prosperie hit a shot to left field, but Brodie Falgoust dove to make the catch and threw the ball infield to complete the inning-ending double play.

"I saw it coming and just tried my hardest to catch it," Brodie Falgoust said. "I just laid out for it, and I caught it."

In the fourth inning, Synergy Bank extended its lead to 8-4 when Michael Hawkins hit a three-run homer, scoring Sternfels and Alex Hawkins. Synergy Bank added another run in the fifth inning on a Braves error for a 9-4 lead.

"We had a lot of inexperience out there," Synergy Bank coach Shane Trosclair said. "I am missing eight regulars that normally play for us. We took the rookies and threw them out there and they get their feet wet and they battle and give you a chance to win. That's what our rookies did. They kept us with the lead and we were able to score some runs."

The Braves started to mount a comeback in the sixth inning. After Marsala drove in a run with a sacrifice, Adkins (3-for-3, two RBIs, stolen base) hit a two-run single allowing Anthony Miller and Tyler Folse to score to make the score 9-7.

Synergy Bank added an insurance run when Michael Hawkins scored on an error for a 10-7 lead in the seventh inning.

The Braves tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. After loading the bases, Folse hit into a fielder's choice to bring home pinch runner Dakota Stein to make the score 10-8. Marsala walked to load the bases again with one out, but soon after, the decision was made to call the game.

"I am (proud of the boys) for not giving up," Pierce said. "Because of E.D. White's reputation (as a powerhouse in baseball) once they got up our guys could have very easily have folded. I'm proud of them for fighting back. I just told them that there's three things we need to be successful at — hitting, pitching and fielding. The majority of the spring we were only doing one of those things. Now we are at two of three. We're slowly getting to where we can put all three together."

TERREBONNE (DIAMONDBACKS) 11, SOUTH LAFOURCHE (BAYOU BOYS) 3

At Houma, pitcher Jeffery Deroche got the win for the Diamondbacks.

Devin Malbrough, Brennon Guidry and Mason Turner all had two hits for the Diamondbacks (6-2).

Leaders for the Bayou Boys (0-4-1) were Steve Roberts (2-for-2, RBI), Will Dorr (2-for-3, RBI) and Matthew Roberts (2-for-3). Caleb Matherne took the loss on the mound for the Bayou Boys.

SOUTH TERREBONNE (SOUTH LOUISIANA BANK) 12, PATTERSON (FRANK'S AGENCY) 9

At Bourg, South Louisiana Bank used a nine-run sixth inning to roll past Frank's Agency (2-7).

Pitcher Drey Dupre (three innings, two hits, two strikeouts, two walks and one run) got the win for South Louisiana Bank, while Blake Freeman (four innings, five hits, two strikeouts, two walks, one hit batter and eight runs) started.

Leaders at the plate for SLB (4-5) were Dupre (2-for-3, RBI), Logan Soulet (2-for-3, single, double, two stolen bases), Freeman (1-for-4, two RBIs), Tyler Crochet (1-for-1, single, two stolen bases), Gavin Hebert (1-for-4, RBI) and Chance Lile (1-for-3, RBI).

BERWICK (TACO BELL) 4, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE (JESTER'S COURT) 3, 8 INNINGS

At Berwick, Taco Bell (4-3) scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Jester's Court (7-2).

MORGAN CITY (SKIPPER'S SPORTING GOODS) 9, COVENANT CHRISTIAN  (TRINITY OIL TOOLS) 1

At Morgan City, Skipper's Sporting Goods (4-4) pitcher Phillip Hutchinson tossed a no-hitter in the win over Trinity Oil Tools (4-5).

Hayden Smith took the loss in six innings of work on the pitcher's mound for Trinity Oil Tools.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (HALIMAR SHIPYARD) 12, ASSUMPTION (MUSTANGS) 9

At Amelia, Halimar Shipyard moved to 6-2 overall, and the Mustangs fell to 4-2.

Leading batters for the Mustangs were John Talbot (2-for-4, RBI), Ty Domingue (1-for-4, two RBIs), Taylor Rivere (3-for-4, three RBIs) and Damon Mabile (2-for-3, two RBIs).

—Chris Singleton contributed to this story.