NOT SO SIMPLE: Griffins drop St. Amant in District 6-5A matchup

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Wesley Perkins tags out St. Amant’s Kahn Petite at home plate to end the top of the fourth inning during the Griffins’ 3-1 District 6-5A victory Thursday afternoon.

GEISMAR - Dutchtown got two two-out RBI hits in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings to push past St. Amant 3-1 in District 6-5A play Thursday evening at Griffin Park.

“Offensively we left some guys on base,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “That happened in the last game and sometimes everybody starts to panic a little bit. Players panic, fans panic and coaches panic. In those situations we have stepped away from doing the little things we have been doing throughout. Some of our guys are trying to do things they are not capable of doing. We just have to keep it simple and do what we do best.

“Late in the game, Troy Lewis and Alex Millet get big two-out hits with guys on and that gave us a little room to breath right there. It just feels really good to get a win. (St. Amant is) always going to show up and give you there best effort no matter who they are playing. I stress if pitching and defense can be consistent year round, hitting will come and go.”

The Dutchtown (18-4-2, 4-1) victory coupled with a 2-0 victory over Destrehan Saturday pushed the Griffins into a first-place tie with the Wildcats at the conclusion of the first round of district play. St. Amant (15-9, 1-4) got its first district win Saturday over Hahnville 5-1 and are in a fifth place tie with East St. John.

“We battled but we didn’t battle smartly,” St. Amant head coach Bob Lemons said. “Competitive at-bats were sparse and spaced out. In certain situations we weren’t very competitive at the plate. We made a mistake and they made us pay for it. When they made mistakes, I don’t know if we made them pay for it. That is the difference in the game.

“Sometimes you have to make your own breaks and we didn’t do that. We failed to execute bunts and when we got guys in scoring position, didn’t come through. We were trying to make something happen and you have to do that when things are going bad. We can’t play passive.”

Cameron Breeden (2-2) picked up the win scattering five hits in five 1/3 innings. Jesse Buratt recorded the final five outs for his sixth save.

Dutchtown got on the board courtesy of a lead off hit and three walks by St. Amant starter Jake Bordelon in the first inning. Dillon Day lined through the center of the infield to open the bottom half and Lewis and Britt Gautreaux drew walks to load the bases before Buratt’s walk plated a run. Bordelon struckout Damon Scanlan to end the inning.

Breeden hit Kahn Petite to open the second but Dylan Delaune grounded into a double play and Tanner Sheets struckout. Bordelon struckout Eric Babin and Day in the bottom half to retire the Griffins in order.

A.J. Bonadona lined to right to lead off the third before Dillon Morin drew a walk. Lee Elisar’s grounder to first resulted in an out at second but the errant throw back plated a run to knot it up 1-1.

Bordelon walked Lewis to open the bottom half before third baseman Jacob Templet snagged Millet’s liner. Gautreaux drew a walk and a pass ball advanced runners before Wesley Perkins walked to load the bases. Bordelon got out of the jam by striking out Buratt and Scanlan.

Kenny Wilkins grounded through the left infield to lead off the fourth inning but was picked off by catcher Perkins at first. Petite doubled to the right corner before Breeden hit Sheets one out later but Matt Willis threw out the runner at home to Perkins on Bonadona’s liner pass third.

Willis doubled to the right wall with one out in the bottom half and Lewis lined off Bordelon one out later to give Dutchtown a 2-1 lead. Millet lined to right and took second on the throw to put two runners in scoring position but reliever Justin Manton got a groundout to end the inning.

Breeden retired the Gators in order in the bottom half. Buratt drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning and Scanlan lined a laser to the left gap for a double to put runners in scoring position but Manton went unscathed with a groundout.

Scanlan robbed a gapper by Caleb Templet to open the sixth with a diving catch in center field before Breeden hit Wilkins but Buratt registered two outs to end the inning.

Day lined a one-out double to the right gap in bottom half and Millet lined through the center of the infield one out later off reliever Jake Savoy to give the Griffins a 3-1 lead.

Buratt retired the Gators in order in the bottom half striking out Bonadona and Tyler Guillory to end the game.

Day was 2 for 4 with two runs while Millet was 2 for 4 with one RBI and Scanlan and Willis each were 1 for 3.

Bonadona was 2 for 3 scoring the Gators’ lone run, while Petite, Templet and Wilkins each were 1 for 3.

St. Amant’s A. J. Bonadona slides into first base ahead of the throw to Dutchtown’s Britt Gautreaux on a pickoff attempt in the third inning Thursday evening. Bonadona scored the Gators’ lone run later in the inning.