Griffins push past ESJ?to stay tied atop standings

Staff reports
Dutchtown’s Jesse Buratt picked up the win over East St. John Tuesday pitching two scoreless innings of relief.

RESERVE - Dutchtown scored single runs in the first three innings before adding six in the seventh for a 9-3 victory after East St. John had knotted it up in District 6-5A play Tuesday afternoon at Wildcat Park.

The victory kept Dutchtown (21-4-2, 7-1) in a first-place tie with co-leader Destrehan, who the Griffins beat head to head in their only matchup thus far this season.

“It is a big win,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “It put us one game closer to reaching our first goal and that is getting into the playoffs. East St. John is a talented team who can win on any given day. Destrehan is playing very good right now in all phases of the game. Our defense and pitching has been the key to our success. We are just waiting for our bats to come back to life. Good pitching will always give you a chance to win a game.”

Jesse Buratt got the win in two innings of relief allowing two hits while striking out two. Cameron Breeden lasted five innings surrendering three runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four.

Josh Brown took the loss for East St. John (10-11-2, 1-7) surrendering nine runs on 10 hits and 10 walks while striking out five.

With the score knotted up 3-3, Buratt singled to left with one out in the top of the seventh and courtesy runner Shaquille Lewis stole second before scoring on Wesley Perkins’ ground rule double to left. Britt Gautreaux followed with a two-run home run to right to give the Griffins a 6-3 lead. Daman Scanlan then drew a walk and stole second before scoring on Matt Willis’ two-out double to right. Dillon Day’s single crossed another run before Brown walked Troy Lewis and Alex Millet singled to center to reflect the final tally.

Dutchtown went ahead 1-0 in the first inning when Millet reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs, advanced to third on Buratt’s single and scored on a pass ball.

After East St. John tied it in the bottom half, Dutchtown answered in the second inning when Scanlan singled and advanced on John Lambert’s groundout and Matt Willis’ single to left before scoring on Day’s sacrifice fly to center.

Dutchtown added another run in the third inning when Brown walked Millet and Buratt before Perkins singled to left to plate a run. Gautreaux drew a walk to load the bases but all three were left stranded.

East St. John scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it up.

Perkins was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Willis was 2 for 3 with one RBI and run, Buratt was 2 for 2, Gautreaux was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and one run, Day was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run and Scanlan was 1 for 3 with one run.

Justin Howard was 1 for 3 with one run for East St. John, while Shane Nicholson was 1 for 3 with one RBI.