'JUST ANOTHER DAY': Griffins sweep East Ascension behind Day’s 11 Ks
GEISMAR - Dutchtown added two late runs to assure a 5-0 victory over East Ascension behind Dillon Day’s solid pitching performance which included 11 strikeouts Thursday evening at Griffin Field.
“It felt like it was just another day,” Day said. “On the mound, I try to get my off speed working early and I like working ahead. I have threw some big games before. I am just used to the pressure.”
Dutchtown remained in a first-place tie with Destrehan with the victory and already have won their only head to head meeting thus far. East Ascension falls into a tie for third place with St. Amant although the Spartans have won the only meeting between the teams so far.
“It feels good to be in the position we are in,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “Obviously, the kids are anxious to get to the park everyday and when you are winning they are eager to play the game. That is the fun part about it.
“The last two games out, EA has played good defense and their pitching has stepped up for them.”
The victory concluded the Griffins’ season sweep of the Spartans, last season’s district champion. Day was on the mound in the 15-1 district opening victory last month before Dutchtown took a 4-2 decision Tuesday.
“Dutchtown is very good,” East Ascension head coach Wayne Grenfell said. “They are well coached. They are prepared for everything that happens and they have a real good baseball team. They are going to represent our district real well.”
“I am proud of our guys. They competed tonight and if they do that, they will always have a chance.”
Day got the complete game win shutout giving up three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings.
“When he goes out there, our whole team feels like we have a chance and he was pretty good again tonight,” Schexnaydre said. “He has been our guy.”
Austin Todd took the loss for East Ascension giving up two hits, while walking three, including two with the bases loaded in the first inning.
“That is the first time he has failed on us but he will have much more success in the future,” Grenfell said. “He just didn’t have his best today. He always wants the ball and nobody outworks him on our baseball team.”
Day struckout the first batter he faced retiring the Spartans in order in the top of the first inning.
Troy Lewis and Alex Millet hit consecutive one-out singles in the bottom half before Todd walked Britt Gautreaux and Jesse Buratt as the Griffins took a 2-0 lead.
Tim Robinson singled to open the second inning but Day struckout Miles Holley and Bradly Day to end the inning.
Matt Willis led off the bottom half with a solo home run off reliever Ethan Guidry to put Dutchtown ahead 3-0. Day singled but Guidry struckout Millet and forced Gautreaux into a groundout.
Troy Gautreau singled and Adam Trahan drew a walk with one out in the top of the third inning but they were stranded.
Wesley Perkins doubled to open the bottom half but the Griffins could not manufacture any runs.
Willis’ walk opened the bottom of the fourth inning and Day singled but Guidry retired the next three batters he faced.
Buratt lined a double to the left gap off reliever Logan Fife with one out in the bottom of the fifth before Damon Scanlan was hit by a pitch and John Lambert drew a walk to load the bases but third baseman Jared Kleinpeter snagged a liner from Willis and stepped on the bag for a double play to end the inning.
Day stuckout Trahan to open the sixth inning before striking out Levin Fairchild and Robinson to end the inning after Austen Waguespack grounded pass second.
“(Day) did a great job,” Grenfell said. “He is a left hander that throws in the mid to upper 80s. He comes right at you and is not afraid. There isn’t anybody better in this district.”
Day lined to left to open the bottom half and stole second before scoring on Lewis’ liner in front of center. Perkins’ second double reflected the final tally two outs later.
The game ended when Day fielded Todd’s grounder to the mound and threw to first for the final out.
Day was 3 for 4 with one run, while Lewis was 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs, Perkins was 2 for 4 with one RBI.