Dutchtown’s three-run second enough against Spartans
Dutchtown pushed across three runs in the second inning and held off East Ascension for a 4-2 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night at Johnny Ambeau Field.
“Every game in the district is going to be a close game,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “EA has a good ball club. They were struggling early on offensively but they are finding themselves right now. We were fortunate in the early innings to get a couple of runs. We left a few guys on late but that is a credit to them.”
The victory keeps the Griffins in a first-place tie with Destrehan, who they beat head to head, in district standings. East Ascension remains in sole possession of third place despite the loss.
“It doesn’t matter if it was 100-0 or 1-0, we loss and didn’t play as well as we could,” East Ascension head coach Wayne Grenfell said. “We didn’t play for 42 outs and they took advantage of our miscues because we weren’t ready to play early in the game. It took away from a pretty good pitching performance. We hung in there and I am proud of that but their were situations early in the game that could have given us a chance to win and we didn’t come through. You can’t load the bases with one out and not score a run. It wasn’t meant to be. The better team won tonight. We have to work hard and get better. ”
Chris Boutwell picked up the win in one 1/3 innings of relief giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two. Jesse Buratt got the save pitching two innings while surrendering one hit and striking out three. Starter Britt Gautreaux lasted three 2/3 innings giving up one run on two hits and three walks while striking out four.
“Pitching is the strength to our team,” Schexnaydre said. “We feel like we got three really good left-handed starters and two guys in the bullpen that we feel very confident that at any point in the game can come in and change the tempo for us.”
Alec Singletary took the loss for East Ascension surrendering four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six over five and 2/3 innings. Ethan Guidry struckout one in one 1/3 inning of relief.
With runners on the corners in the top of the first Gautreaux lined a sacrifice fly with one out to score Dillon Day but Singletary struckout Wesley Perkins to get out of the inning.
Adam Trahan lined pass short to lead off the bottom half and Gautreaux hit Jared Kleinpeter one out later but regrouped to strikeout Singletary and Austin Todd.
Jesse Buratt drew a lead off walk to open the second inning and John Lambert crushed a double to the right corner one out later to plate a run giving Dutchtown a 2-0 lead.
“John has stepped up and is a pretty good hitter,” Schexnaydre said. “Some of our guys are hitting the ball a little bit better down in the order and that has helped throughout the year. You don’t always have guys from top to bottom producing. It is just a matter of throwing nine guys into a combination where they feel comfortable.”
Lambert advanced on a pass ball and scored on Matt Willis’ grounder pass third. Troy Lewis lined pass short to cross another after Day’s sacrifice bunt putting the Griffins ahead 4-0 but Singletary struckout Alex Millet to end the inning.
Gautreaux retired the Spartans in order in the bottom half and Singletary struckout Damon Scanlan to end the top of the third after hitting Buratt.
Trahan drew a lead off walk in the bottom half and advanced on a pass ball but Gautreaux retired the next three batters he faced.
Lambert walked to open the fourth and pinch running Shaquille Lewis stole second but Singletary struckout Day and catcher Trahan caught Lewis’ tip in his glove.
“They have a lot of confidence in Singletary,” Schexnaydre said. “He did a great for them and they played good defense behind him. Anytime he gets on the mound, they feel like they have a chance and that is what happened tonight. He kept them in the ball game.”
Gautreaux sandwiched strikeouts of Singletary and Bradly Day around walking Ben Robinson. Pinch running Todd stole second and Miles Holley lined to right before Austen Waguespack drew a walk to load the bases. Trahan grounded through the center of the infield to plate a run cutting it to 4-1 but Boutwell got a groundout to end the inning.
Millet drew a walk to lead off the fifth inning and Buratt lined through the right infield two outs later to put runners on the corners but Singletary struckout Scanlan.
Singletary beat out a grounder to short in the bottom half after Boutwell struckout Bailey and Kleinpeter but Todd bunted out to the mound.
Dillon Day drew a two-out walk in the sixth inning and Lewis grounded through the right infield before Singletary walked Millet to load the bases but Guidry forced a fly to end the inning.
Bradly Day lined pass short to open the bottom half before Boutwell walked Robinson. Buratt forced Waquespack into a groundout to the mound before a pass ball plated a run to cut it to 4-2 but the closer struckout Trahan and Bailey to get out of the inning with no further damage.
Singletary lined a triple to the right gap with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning but Todd popped up to end the game.
Lewis was 2 for 4 with one RBI for Dutchtown, while Lambert was 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Singletary was 2 for 4 for East Ascension.