Covenant Christian Academy used a two-run first inning to put Houma Christian School on its heels early during Tuesday’s District 8-1A baseball showdown at Southland Field in Houma.
But the fun didn’t last long for the Lions.
Houma Christian senior shortstop Gavin Dugas went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and a grand slam home run to lift the Warriors past archrival Covenant Christian, 10-2, in front of a large crowd at Southland Field.
Dugas’ fellow senior teammates also joined the fun on Tuesday.
Senior ace pitcher Brock Theriot allowed just two hits, two runs and struck out nine batters. After giving up two runs in the first inning, which included a rare hit-by-pitch, Theriot pitched six straight scoreless innings to pick up the complete-game win.
Senior catcher Dylan Trahan went 2-for-4 with a key two-run double hit to the left field wall for the Warriors.
Houma Christian (19-5 overall, 2-0 in district; ranked No. 1 in latest Division IV state power ratings) jumped into the driver's seat in the district race with the win over Covenant Christian (14-10 overall, 0-1 in district; ranked No. 8 in Division IV power ratings).
“It was a great team win. The team fought to the end,” Dugas said. “Everybody was focused. Everything was great on our part. As a team, we played really well. We came ready to play and that was one thing that was most important than me hitting (a grand slam Tuesday).”
Dugas, who is a LSU baseball signee, stepped right in to lead Houma Christian’s comeback after falling behind two runs in the first inning. Blaine Boudreaux put the Lions ahead 2-0 early with a two-run triple to right field that scored Austin Champagne, who was hit by a pitch, and Jahkheem Mosely, who had a single.
Houma Christian took control of the game from there.
At the bottom of the first inning, Dugas led off with a double. He later stole third base and came home on a CCA error to cut the lead to 2-1 in the first inning. Trahan’s two-run double extended Houma Christian’s lead to 3-2 in the second inning.
The Warriors got a fielder’s choice RBI from Theriot and a pair of sacrifice fly RBIs from McCade LeBlanc and Alex Hebert to extend that lead to 6-2 after the fourth inning.
CCA coach Joe Teuton said he thought the Lions still had a chance after falling behind 6-2, but they couldn’t overcome big plays by Houma Christian’s playmakers.
“If you were here (Tuesday) watching, you would see why Brock Theriot was all-state last year and you would see why Gavin Dugas signed with LSU,” Teuton said. “Those are some big-time college players. They did a good job. I thought our guys competed. I thought our guys pitched and threw strikes, but they just put the ball into play and just beat us.”
Dugas, who added a pair of singles in the second and fourth innings, put his stamp on the impressive victory in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Dugas blasted a home run shot at 345 feet over the left field fence at Southland Field. The ball got caught in the outfield net, which prevented the home run from sailing even farther.
Dugas said it was special to hit a grand slam against Houma Christian’s biggest rival in CCA.
“I wouldn’t say I surprised to hit it. I would just say happy,” Dugas said. “I’m not going to say that is something you hope to do, but it’s something you definitely would love to do. It’s one of the last times I’ll get to play at this place (Southland Field). It was a fun experience to play in this type of environment.”
Houma Christian coach Stephen Martinez said Dugas’ grand slam was a thing of beauty.
“He’s a big bat for us,” Martinez said. “It’s exciting to see him hit a grand slam. That’s one of the farthest balls we’ve ever seen him hit, and I’ve seen him hit some bombs, whether it’s in batting practice or during a game. It’s fun to see him get hits like that especially in a moment like this against a good opponent that we haven’t had too much success against.”
With three district games left, Martinez said he hopes the Warriors can close out the regular season on a high note.
“We’ve got to stay focused on the next task,” Martinez said. “We have to put this one behind us and keep working. It’s just another game and we’ve got to make sure our guys know that. We’ve got other teams to play, so we’ve got more work to do.”
Starting pitcher Cameron Olivier (3 2/3 innings, seven hits, six runs, three walks, one strikeout) took the loss for CCA, while Adam Jenkins and Carter Fabre also spent time on the mound.
Teuton said he wants to see the Lions bounce back.
“Hopefully we learned a few things from here,” Teuton said. “Hopefully we can get one more chance at them in the playoffs and hopefully it will be a better story, but all the credit goes to their coaches and their players. They came in here and beat us.”
TUESDAY’S BASEBALL CAPSULES
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 9, TERREBONNE 3 (at Mathews, District 7-5A game)
Offensive leaders: Central Lafourche – Brandon Babin (double), Logan Wilcox (two RBIs), Johnathan Potter (two RBIs), Blake Trant (two RBIs); Terrebonne – Braxston Lovell (two hits)
Pitching leaders: Central Lafourche – Brandon Babin (five innings, earned run, three hits, five strikeouts, three walks), Zane Robichaux (two innings, no earned runs, three hits, no strikeouts, no walks)
Records: Central Lafourche (17-8 overall, 6-2 in district); Terrebonne (13-12 overall, 2-6 in district)
HAHNVILLE 10, THIBODAUX 3 (at Boutte, District 7-5A game)
Records: Hahnville (14-11 overall, 5-3 in district); Thibodaux (8-16 overall, 2-6 in district)
--Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.