Dutchtown pulls away from pesky Wildcats
GEISMAR – Dutchtown surrendered four runs in the fourth inning after taking a seven-run lead but added five more to pull away from East St. John in a District 6-5A game midday Saturday at Griffin Park.
“We got an early lead and we had some innings where we had opportunities to break the game open and didn’t get it done,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “Any time you give a team like them an open door they will take advantage of it and that is what they did. They got back into the game but we came back and responded and did what we had to do to get a win.
“They have a good ball club over there and they are going to surprise some teams this year. They have a lot of athletes and a lot of guys coming back from last year. They are going to be a team at the end that is going to cause a lot of teams problems.”
Chris Boutwell picked up the win for Dutchtown (16-3-2, 2-0) in two 2/3 innings of relief giving up no runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out three. Starter Britt Gautreaux surrendered four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six in three 1/3 innings. Jesse Buratt got the save giving up two hits while striking out two in one inning of relief.
“That was Britt’s first time back on the mound in about eight days so he was little rusty,” Schexnaydre said. “He came out and threw well early and then got into a little trouble. Boutwell shook the cob webs off and hopefully those guys can be sharp for this week. We have three big games this week and that is going to be a crucial part of our schedule.”
Dutchtown moved into a first-place tie with Destrehan at the conclusion of the first weekend of district play.
East St. John (10-5-2, 0-1) starter Lionel Weston took the loss giving up four runs on two hits and three walks in one inning. Josh Brown lasted four innings in relief giving up six runs on 10 hits and two walks, while striking out three.
“We fought back,” East St. John head coach Ryan Sims said. “We are not scared of anybody. We are going to come and compete. We got back in the game and then, them being a good team expanded the lead and came right back at us. We just made a few mistakes at the wrong time and that kind of blew the game out of proportion. We are always going to fight and play hard but we played a good team today. They just made a few less mistakes than us and that is why they came out on top.”
Troy Lewis and Gautreaux drew walks in the bottom of the first before Wesley Perkins lined a double. Buratt drew a walk and Damon Scanlan’s single put Dutchtown ahead 4-0.
Dillon Day lined to shallow left to lead off the bottom of the second inning before Lewis’ triple to the right gap plated a run. Brown hit Alex Millet, who stole second, with the errant throw allowing another run to score. Gautreaux then lined off short before Perkins’ liner in between the right infield hit the base runner and crossed a run to put Dutchtown ahead 7-0. Pinch running Shaquille Lewis was caught stealing and Brown struckout Buratt to end the inning.
East St. John put runners on the corners in the third inning when LeBaron Sylvester dropped a blooper and Donald Goff reached on an error but Courtney Sentimore popped up to catcher Perkins.
Justin Howard drew a walk to lead off the fourth inning before Ikeem Brown reached on an error to put runners on the corners. Gautreaux struckout Andre Simmons but walked Bryton Trepagnier to load the bases and Renaldo Young’s double to the left gap plated two runs. Torri Zeno then lined a double to left to cross two more cutting it to 7-4.
Brown hit Scanlan to plate a run in the bottom half after Buratt drew a walk to load the bases following Gautreaux’s liner to right and Perkins’ hit by pitch.
Boutwell struckout Brown, Simmons and Shane Nicholson in consecutive order in the fifth inning after Sentimore beat out a grounder and Howard drew a walk to put the Wildcats in scoring position.
Perkins lined a shot to deep center out of the reach of Young and scored when the center fielder when down after colliding with the fence. Brown hit Lewis before Millet lined through the left infield. Buratt followed with a double to right center but Scanlan struckout to end the inning.
Matt Willis dropped a blooper to shallow left off Sentimore in the bottom of the sixth inning and Day lined pass second to plate the Griffins’ final run.
Howard lined a double to the left gap in the seventh inning before Brown beat out a grounder and a pass ball plated a run to reflect the final tally.
Day was 3 for 5 with one RBI, while Perkins was 3 for 3 with five RBIs and Scanlan was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
Zeno was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Young was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.