Griffins move past Shaw, Rummel in Shootout
Dutchtown picked up two wins in the Jay Patterson Shootout at East Ascension’s Johnny Ambeau Park before their final two scheduled games of the tournament were canceled Saturday due to the weather.
“You always want to get back out there and play the game again but sometimes rain outs aren’t a bad thing,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “It gives your kids a chance to rest. We have been going at it pretty often the last few weeks.”
Saturday’s games were initially pushed back to the afternoon before being rescheduled for Sunday. Ultimately no games were played this weekend in the 13th annual Jay Patterson Shootout.
Dutchtown defeated Rummel 6-5 Thursday evening before downing Shaw 5-3 Friday evening.
“We were real fortunate to get two wins,” Schexnaydre said. “We played pretty solid defensively, pitched well and got some timely hits. That is all you can ask for. To give yourself a chance to win it at the end of the game. The Catholic league in New Orleans always has quality programs. There is real good baseball down there and any time you can beat those guys, you have to feel good about your team.”
Chris Boutwell picked up the win for Dutchtown (7-2-2) against Rummel (7-5) surrendering no runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two in four innings of relief.
Britt Gautreaux struckout five over four innings to get the win over Shaw giving up three runs on eight hits and no walks. Jesse Buratt pitched three innings of relief striking out two while giving up one hit for the save.
Dutchtown took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning Thursday when Dillon Day singled and scored on Wesley Perkins singled after Troy Lewis reached on a pass ball after being struckout. Lewis then scored on a pass ball.
Rummel scored four runs in the third inning and added another in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead.
The Griffins answered in the fifth inning when Matt Willis was hit by a pitch. Alex Millet then drew a two-out walk before Gautreaux singled to score Willis. Another run crossed when the throw got away at third allowing runners to advance. Perkins’ single knotted it up 5-5.
Damon Scanlan’s catch kept the Raiders off the board in the seventh inning and Day led off the Griffins inning with a solo home run to win the game.
Day was 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs, while Perkins was 2 for 3 with two RBI.
Dutchtown took an early 1-0 lead over Shaw when Millet drew a two-out walk in the first inning before scoring on Perkins’ single to left after Gautreaux’s hit.
The Griffins added another run in the second inning when Buratt singled and scored on Leon Blouin’s single after Scanlan’s sacrifice bunt and John Lambert was hit by a pitch.
Shaw (5-7) scored one run in the third inning and two in the fourth.
Dutchtown answered with two runs in the fourth. Buratt drew a walk before advancing on a balk. Lambert singled but the pinch runner was picked off. Blouin then drew a two-out walk and Day’s triple to right center crossed both runs.
The Griffins added another run in the sixth inning when Scanlon singled, stole second and scored on Blouin’s triple after Lewis’ sacrifice bunt.
Blouin was 2 for 2 with two RBI, while Gautreaux was 2 for 3 and Day was 1 for 4 with two RBIs
Dutchtown will play Ruston, Barbe, Warren Central and West Monroe this weekend in Monroe.
“Ever since our school opened, we have been going to Monroe for that last tournament,” Schexnaydre said. “Coach (Mike) Toups used to like to get away and give our guys a chance to bond before district starts.
“I feel like we are playing pretty well. Obviously, we have to improve on a lot of areas but if we can improve one aspect of your game every time out, hopefully we will be playing well when district rolls around.”