Trepagnier, East St. John surprise Gators

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Alex Russell lays down a sacrafice bunt in the fifth inning as East St. John’s Justin Howard moves to field in the Wildcats’ 3-0 victory Sunday afternoon.

RESERVE  –  East St. John’s Bryton Trepagnier held St. Amant to three hits in a 3-0 District 6-5A shutout Sunday afternoon at the Wildcats’ park.

“The guy on the mound was good today and we weren’t better than him,” St. Amant head coach Bob Lemons said. “The kid pitched outstanding and if you can’t score a run, you can’t win. They deserve a lot of credit. They beat us today. They were better than us today. The kid on the mound was better than us.

“We are flat and right now our weaknesses are being exposed. I tried to warn them about it two weeks ago. We will find out what kind of character we have.”

Trepagnier pitched a complete game giving up three walks while striking out seven.

“He is came out today and set the tone on the mound,” East St. John head coach Ryan Sims said. “He has all the tools. He has the look and everything. The most important thing for him is to use his legs and he relied on them more than his arm today and did a heck of a job.

“We played a solid baseball game. They have a good club but we just came out to play like everyday. That is all you can do. Come out to play hard and hope it works out for you. We pushed some runs across, played solid defense and with good pitching, you win ball games  in this district.”

St. Amant (14-7, 0-2) now finds themselves in a tie for last-place with Hahnville at the conclusion of the first weekend of district play.

Jake Bordelon took the loss for the Gators surrendering three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two in five 2/3 innings.

Dillon Morin led off the game with a double but Trepagnier regrouped to strikeout Lee Elisar and Dylan Delaune to get out of the inning.

Torri Zeno singled to lead off the bottom half and stole second before LeBaron Sylvester drew a walk. After striking out Courtney Sentimore, Bordelon walked Justin Howard to load the bases but Ikeem Brown grounded out to end the inning.

Left fielder Task Plauche went over the fence to rob Andre Simmons of a home run in the bottom of the second inning and Bordelon got out of the inning after walking Josh Brown.

Alex Russell drew a lead off walk off Trepagnier in the third inning but pinch running Adrian Bourgeois was picked off at first by catcher Howard to first baseman Simmons after Morin struckout.

Sylvester drew a walk to lead off the bottom half and stole second before Donald Goff lined to left to put runners on the corners. Sentimore’s fielder’s choice plated a run to put East St. John (11-5-2, 1-1) ahead  1-0.

Kenny Wilkins grounded an infield single with two outs in the fourth but Trepagnier popped up Kahn Petite to end the inning.

Simmons reached on an error to short to open the bottom half and stole second before Bordelon hit Young and runners advanced on a pass ball. Sylvester then lined on the side of the third base bag to plate two runs giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.

Tanner Sheets lined inside the first base bag to open the fifth inning and Plauche drew a walk before Russell’s sacrifice bunt advanced runners. Trepagnier walked Elisar to load the bases after striking out Morin but Caleb Templet popped up to Simmons to end the inning.

Simmons beat out a grounder to short to open the sixth inning before Young was hit by a pitch one out later. Bordelon hit Sylvester one out later to load the bases but Goff popped up to reliever Dillon Savoy to end the inning.

Trepagnier struckout Plauche and Daniel St. Pierre to end the game after Sheets grounded out to third in the top of the seventh inning.

Sylvester was 1 for 1 with two RBIs and one run, while Simmons was 1 for 3 with one run.

Morin, Wilkins and Sheets was 1 for 3 for St. Amant.

East St. John’s Donald Goff breaks up a potential double play by St. Amant’s Caleb Templet in the third inning Sunday afternoon.