BOURG – South Terrebonne High-based South Louisiana Bank began Swampland Baseball League action Tuesday afternoon with a 9-2 victory over South Lafourche High-based Grand Isle Shipyard.
South Louisiana Bank pitchers Saige Pellegrin, Brady Bowen, Carson Lyons and Trey Gautreaux combined for nine strikeouts and held Grand Isle Shipyard to three hits.
“The most impressive thing was the way they carried themselves,” South Louisiana Bank coach Mike Barba said. “They got a taste of what the postseason feels like, and they came out with a little chip on their shoulder, trying to on what they did last season.”
“We’re trying guys at different positions. We put a lot of pressure in some guys to do stuff they never done before,” Grand Isle Shipyard coach Andrew Ravaglia said. “It’s just about getting some work in. I saw some great things; I saw some things we can’t do again.”
South Louisiana Bank (1-0 overall) sprinted to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Cameron Trosclair plated on a double play, and Carson Lyons slapped an RBI single.
Grand Isle Shipyard (0-1) had scoring opportunities in the first, fifth and sixth innings snuffed by great South Louisiana Bank defense. Jelby Cheramie was thrown out at home in end the first inning.
Grand Isle had runners on second and third bases with one out in the fifth and sixth innings. However, Bowen struck out the final two batters to end the fifth. Then in the sixth, Lyons induced a fielder’s choice at home plate and struck out the last batter to escape the threat.
“Judging from playing South Lafourche in the regular season, those guys can swing it,” Barba said. “Our pitchers came out very aggressive, did a good job of commanding the zone and giving our defense a chance to play behind them. We missed a few barrels and they hit some balls hard that didn’t find holes.”
“We had a lot of new guys getting a shot that are probably going to be JV guys,” Ravaglia said. “I’m trying to give everybody playing time this first week. Then after that, we’ll go with a lineup we’ll use for the rest of the summer.”
South Louisiana Bank broke the game open with six runs in the fifth inning. Cullen Bouquet (2-for-2, RBI) and Lance Pellegrin (3-for-4, RBI) each smacked RBI singles, and Bouquet plated on a failed fielder’s choice. Pellegrin later scored on a bases-loaded walk, and Gautreaux (1-for-2, two RBIs) popped a two-run single.
In the sixth, Nick Brunet was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the last South Louisiana Bank run.
Grand Isle pushed both its runs across in the seventh inning, one on a sacrifice fly and the other on a wild pitch.
“This means absolutely nothing. It about guys understanding what it takes to compete at the varsity level,” Ravaglia said. “We have seven seniors, so it’s going to be another good senior class. We hope we can repeat what we did last season.”
“One thing I always harp on is driving runs in,” Barba said. “This summer you’re not going to see us score on any wild pitches to the backstop. We’re going to have to drive guys in. We’re not going to bank on other teams doing it for us. We got to be able to do it ourselves.”
TUESDAY’S SWAMPLAND BASEBALL LEAGUE CAPSULES
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC (SYNERGY BANK) 13, THIBODAUX (REECO RENTAL AND SUPPLY) 3 (6 INNINGS) (at Thibodaux)
Offensive leaders: Synergy Bank – Wes Toups (3-run walk-off home run, 2-for-3, five RBIs), Brayden Walters (hit, two RBIs), Payton Caddou (hit, RBI), Draven Jennings (hit, RBI); Reeco Rental and Supply – Landon Trosclair (2-for-4, run)
Pitching leaders: Synergy Bank – Devin DeSandro (win); Reeco Rental and Supply – Gavin Granier (2 1/3 innings, run)
Records: Synergy Bank (1-0 overall); Reeco Rental and Supply (0-1 overall)
ASSUMPTION (LA CONTRACTORS/BARBERA CHEVROLET) 4, H.L. BOURGEOIS 1 (at Gray)
Offensive leaders: H.L. Bourgeois – Cullen Nyssen (hit), Tate Bates (hit), Conner Verdin (hit)
Pitching leader: H.L. Bourgeois – Jayce Boudreaux (loss)
Records: LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet (1-0 overall); H.L. Bourgeois (0-1 overall)
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE (JESTER’S COURT) 8, BERWICK (TACO BELL) 6 (at Berwick)
Offensive leaders: Jester’s Court – Cameron Labit (hit), Logan Wilcox (2-for-3, two RBIs), Daniel Wolford (2-for-3)
Pitching leader: Jester’s Court – Bailey Barrios (win)
Records: Jester’s Court (1-0 overall); Taco Bell (0-1 overall)
--Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.