Pitching propelled the Terrebonne High baseball team, while hindering Ellender Memorial in a 13-1 Tigers victory in five innings Thursday night at the Terrebonne High tournament.
Terrebonne pitcher Bryce Dobson tossed a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks at Tiger Field in Southdown Stadium. Ellender pitcher Tate Ford took the loss with two strikeouts, a walk and four hit batters in one-and-two-thirds innings.
“Last year Ellender came over and beat us, and I reminded my guys of that,” Terrebonne head coach John Gatlin said. “I’m proud of them. I think they came in more focused. My pitcher threw great. Our bats came out swinging.”
“We walked way too many guys, hit too many guys,” Ellender head coach Jamie Delahoussaye said. “This team really does have a lot of potential. They just need to start believing in themselves. Until we can get over that hump, it’s going to be a struggle for us.”
Terrebonne (7-4 overall) capitalized on the Patriots pitching control issues from the start. In the first inning, Ford plunked three straight batters, the last one plating Cole Lovell (1-for-1, 3 runs. Then a Cullen Boudreaux (1-for-2, 2 RBIs) sacrifice fly scored Daunte Parish.
Terrebonne added three runs in the second. A failed fielder’s choice allowed Cullen Butler to score; Brennon Guidry plated on a Jace Gatlin (1-for-2, 3 RBIs) sacrifice fly, and Lovell stole home on a wild pitch.
The Tigers’ aggressive base running combined with the Patriots lack of awareness powered a six-run third inning. Terrebonne pulled off three double steals with runners on the corners to bring in three runs: Butler, Braxston Lovell and Boudreaux. Gatlin smacked a two-run single, and Boudreaux slapped an RBI single, for an 11-0 Tigers lead.
“We’re blessed with some good speed. I keep telling them we got to put pressure on the defense,” John Gatlin explained. “I don’t care who we’re playing, we’re going to be aggressive. The guys know who have green lights, so they can run when they want to. They see that pitcher raising that leg up instead of going in a quickstep or slide step, try and take off. And even if they’re not, we’re still going to put pressure on, and that’s what they did.
“That’s on me. I need to make sure our pitchers are more prepared, make sure their mind’s right and ready to go.” Delahoussaye said. “I did throw a few inexperienced guys out there that’s still learning the pitching game. When the game got out of hand, the running game got out of hand too.”
In the fourth, Adin Ross scored on a wild pitch, and Parish Geinger’s single brought home Jacob Collins for the final Tigers runs.
Meanwhile, Dobson carried a no-hitter going into the fifth inning. Darrius Celestine had the Patriots lone hit, a leadoff single, and later scored on a pass ball.
“Bryce did well. That’s what happens when you get ahead of hitters and throw strikes,” Gatlin said. “I tell them all the time the most important call from the umpire is strike one. If you can get ahead of hitters, it puts them in a bind.”
“We didn’t make good adjustments to the lefty,” Delahoussaye said. “We needed guys to drive the ball the other way, and we kept trying to pull it.”
Despite the loss, Delahoussaye believes the Patriots are not that far from heading in the right direction.
“I think we’re going to be just fine. I want the guys to compete and play for seven innings,” he said. “We’re going to jeep pushing, keep grinding, and I expect us to make the turnaround sooner rather than later.”
THURSDAY’S PREP BASEBALL CAPSULES
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 10, SOUTH TERREBONNE 2 (at the Terrebonne Tiger tournament, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: Covenant Christian – Trenton Holloway (3-for-3, four RBIs), Caleb Wilson (two RBIs), Blaine Boudreaux (RBI); South Terrebonne – David Lirette (2-for-2, single, double, RBI), Connor Brunet (1-for-3, single), Trey Gauthreaux (1-for-3, double).
Pitching leaders: Covenant Christian – Hunter Coffman (winning pitcher, five innings, two hits, two runs, two earned runs, four strikeouts, two walks) and Caleb Bergeron (two innings, two hits, one strikeout); South Terrebonne – Andre Blanchard (losing pitcher, three innings, two strikeouts); Mason Hebert (four innings, four strikeouts).
Records: CCA (7-2 overall); South Terrebonne (4-6 overall).
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 6, THIBODAUX 2 (at Thibodaux High, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: E.D. White -- Colin Desandro (two hits), Jack Meyers (two hits, RBI), Cameron Folse (RBI), Austin Albares (two hits, RBI), Parker Caddou (RBI) and Trey Johnson (two RBIs); Thibodaux – Gavin Grainer (3-for-3), Aaron Lee (RBI) and Landon Trosclair (RBI).
Pitching leaders: E.D. White – Devin Desandro (winning pitcher, six strikeouts), Gabe Theiss (save); Thibodaux – Philip Benoit (losing pitcher, three innings, three hits, four runs, four earned runs, two strikeouts, six walks) and Seth Callahan (four innings, three hits, two runs, three strikeouts, three walks).
Records: E.D. White (6-3 overall); Thibodaux (4-7 overall)
ASSUMPTION 5, H.L. BOURGEOIS 3 (at Central Catholic tournament in Morgan City, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: Assumption – Scott Pierce (RBI), Parker Settoon (RBI), Grant Blanchard (3-for-4), Josh Alexander (RBI) and Andrew Landry (two RBIs); H.L. Bourgeois – Bray Dusenberry (2-for-4), Cullen Nyssen (two RBIs), Tate Bates (RBI), Christian Boudreaux (2-for-3).
Pitching leaders: Assumption – Parker Settoon (complete game, six hits, three runs, three earned runs, six strikeouts, two walks) ; H.L. Bourgeois – Braden Doucet (5 1/3 innings, eight hits, five runs, four earned runs, three strikeouts, two walks) and Jace Boudreaux (2/3 inning, two hits).
Records: Assumption (8-2 overall); H.L. Bourgeois (4-6 overall)
BERWICK SHUTS OUT BRAVES
Also at the Central Catholic tournament on Thursday, H.L. Bourgeois suffered a 10-0 loss to Berwick in five innings.
Christian Rhodes recorded the only hit of the game for the Braves, while Austin Labat (two innings, four hits, seven runs, five earned runs, two strikeouts and a walk), Hunter Triche (two innings, three strikeouts) and Rhodes (one inning, one strikeout) all pitched.
TROJANS DROP TWO
At Morgan City, the Central Lafourche Trojans dropped two games on the first day of the Central Catholic High School baseball tournament on Thursday.
The Trojans (7-6 overall) dropped a game to Loreauville, 13-9, and lost their second game to Morgan City, 9-3.
Central Lafourche’s Drake Babin went 1-for-3 with a three RBIs during the loss to Loreauville. Caleb Loupe had two RBIs for the Trojans, while Logan Wilcox and Joseph Brulet both had run-scoring hits.
Logan Wilcox (three innings, six hits, seven runs, five earned runs, three strikeouts and three walks), Daniel Wooford (two innings, six hits, two strikeouts), Derick Landry and Luke Griffen all pitched against Loreauville.
In the loss to Morgan City, Babin went 2-for-3 with a RBI and Cody Dies went 2-for-3.
Blake Trant (four innings, five hits, six runs, three earned runs, five strikeouts, four walk), Bailey Barrios and Caleb Loupe all pitched for the Trojans.
-- Compiled by Chris Singleton/Staff Writer