Dutchtown sweeps Gators to set up clash for district title

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Damon Scanlan is ruled safe after leaping over St. Amant’s Alex Russell for a inside the park home run in the fourth inning of the Griffins’ 8-3 District 6-5A victory Saturday afternoon.

GEISMAR - Dutchtown padded a two-run lead with three runs in the fourth inning on way to an 8-3 District 6-5A victory over St. Amant at Griffin Field Saturday afternoon.

“It is always good to get a win,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “Anytime you can get runs early, it allows your guys to relax at the plate a little bit and you become a little more effective. St. Amant never quits. As long as they have an out left, they will always believe they have a chance to win the game. We didn’t expect anything different.”

The victory kept the Griffins (26-4-2, 12-1) on par with Destrehan atop league standings with the final two regular season games matching the two teams to decide the district’s champion. St. Amant (17-15, 3-10) has now loss six in a row and are in fifth place.

“We go into the Destrehan game with a district championship on the line,” Schexnaydre said. “What a way to go into the last series of the year. Two teams knotted up to square off on the field for the title.”

Britt Gautreaux picked up the win on the mound giving up two runs on one hit and three walks while striking out four over five innings. Chris Boutwell got the save giving up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out two in two innings of relief.

“Britt pitched well and we played good defense behind,” Schexnaydre said. “He kind of struggled when he got into the fourth inning his last few outings. Today, he got over the hump and we are going to need him down the stretch.”

Dillon Morin took the loss for St. Amant giving up three runs on three hits and three walks in one inning.

“If we can make some baseball plays, we may have a chance to win today,” St. Amant head coach Bob Lemons said.  “The end results might change if we do the little things involved that are necessary. We respect Dutchtown. They do what is necessary. They get hits with runners in scoring position. They make routine baseball plays and they get good pitching. We had chances but we had weak at bats.

“We have to redefine our goals. The expectations to compete every game regardless of the situation is what we stress everyday. That is their responsibility if what is across their chest is important to them.”

Alex Millet’s single loaded the bases in the bottom of the first after Day led off the inning with a single and Troy Lewis drew a walk. Morin walked Buratt to plate the first run before Wesley Perkins’ fielders’ choice crossed another. Gautreaux’s liner to right put Dutchtown ahead 3-0.

Morin opened the second with a towering solo home run over the left field fence but the Gators left one runner stranded.

Day lined to right to open the bottom half off reliever Jake Bordelon before Buratt lined through the third baseman’s legs two outs later to plate a run.

Lee Elisar drew a walk with one out in the third inning and advanced to third on a pickoff attempt pass first before scoring on Caleb Templet’s groundout to cut it to 4-2.

The Gators put runners on the corners in the top of the fourth when Morin drew a walk and Tyler Guillory lined pass short but they were left stranded.

Perkins reached on an error to with two outs in the bottom half off reliever Justin Manton and Gautreaux lined pass short to plate a run before Damon Scanlan dropped a liner in front of Bonadona and touched all the bases leaping over catcher Alex Russell for an inside the park home run.

Guillory drew a two-out walk off Boutwell in the sixth inning and scored on Manton’s double to the left gap to cut it to 7-2.

Dutchtown added one more run in the bottom half with Scanlan drew a two-out walk and scored on Justin Musselman’s liner off the third baseman’s glove.

St. Amant’s Dillon Morin is greeted by teamates as he steps on home plate following a sole home run in the second inning of the Gators’ 8-3 loss to Dutchtown Saturday.