BOURG – South Terrebonne-based South Louisiana Bank and Assumption High-based LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet played a sloppy, error-filled game on Thursday afternoon.
When it was over South Louisiana Bank did a better job capitalizing on mistakes and prevailed 9-6 in Swampland Baseball League play.
“Sometimes you've got to win ugly. Give my guys credit. It wasn’t their best game. We found a way to win,” South Louisiana Bank coach Mike Barba said. “We definitely left a lot of things out there that we weren’t pleased with. We've got to get better in the next game.”
“They scored nine runs and we had over 10 errors in the game,” LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet coach Hodge Thibodaux said. “We came out real flat. Our pitchers kept the ball down and in the zone. We had a bunch of groundball outs that we didn’t make the plays on. We made bad throws, not making the right decisions.”
LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet (3-2) got on the scoreboard in the first inning.
As Gage Esneault (3-for-4, 2 RBIs) stole third base, the pickoff throw bounced into the outfield, allowing Esneault to score.
South Louisiana Bank (3-1) got its first five runs with two outs.
In the bottom first, Nick Brunet (2-for-3, RBI) had an RBI single, while two LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet errors allowed Shea Pitre and Brunet to score for a 3-1 lead.
LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet tied the game in the third.
Andrew Landrieu scored from third base when a third strike got pass South Louisiana Bank catcher Trey Gautreaux.
Then Blaine Tramonte scored on a fielder’s choice.
Esneault gave LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet the lead in the fourth with a two-run single for a 5-3 advantage.
South Louisiana Bank evened the game at 5 in the bottom half of the inning as Gautreaux and Mason Hebert each had an RBI double and RBI triple, respectively, in consecutive at-bats.
“That’s one thing we try to work on all the time is extending the inning,” Barba said. “Two-out scores can be backbreakers to the other team. Anytime you can scratch a couple of runs late in innings, you’ll take it. I thought we did a good job of just not giving up on innings.”
“We’re young. We have a bunch of different people at different positions they not accustomed to playing,” Thibodaux said. “It’s hot. These kids have been playing a lot of ball the last few days, but we’re going to find a way.”
South Louisiana Bank sealed the win over the next two innings.
Three straight LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet errors to begin the fifth allowed Cullen Boquet to score, and Payton Parr came home on sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Landon Neil (1-for-1, 2 RBIs) belted a two-run single for a 9-5 SLB advantage.
LA Contractors/Barbera Chevrolet could have tied game or taken the lead in the seventh.
However, with one out and the bases loaded, Hebert struck out Tramonte, before walking in a run and striking out Josh Alexander to end it.
“We need them to grow up,” Thibodaux said. “We've got a bunch of sophomores who’ve got to fill big shoes. But we’re going to get there in due time.”
“If you can squeeze out some ugly wins with games we actually play well, we’ll be pretty happy with the end results,” Barba said. “Altogether, we've got to get better. We can’t be happy with what happened (Thursday).”
THURSDAY’S SWAMPLAND BASEBALL LEAGUE CAPSULES
H.L. BOURGEOIS 11, ELLENDER (PHILLIES) 1 (at Gray)
Pitching leader: H.L. Bourgeois -- Peyton Lebouef (win)
Records: H.L. Bourgeois (4-1 overall); Phillies (1-3 overall)
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC (SYNERGY BANK) 14, BERWICK (TACO BELL) 4 (at Thibodaux)
Pitching leader: Synergy Bank -- Seth Guidry (win)
Offensive leaders: Synergy Bank – Wes Toups (4-for-4, three doubles, four RBIs), Michael Clement (3-for-3, double, triple, three RBIs), Brayden Walters (3-for-3, double, three RBIs)
Records: Synergy Bank (5-0 overall); Taco Bell (0-5 overall)
TERREBONNE (SEECA) 4, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE (JESTER’S COURT) 1 (at Mathews)
Pitching leaders: Seeca -- Cole Lovell and Braxston Lovell (combined for victory)
Offensive leaders: Seeca -- Cole Lovell (two-run single), Parish Geinger (2-for-3)
Records: Seeca (3-1 overall); Jester's Court (2-2 overall)
Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.