SPORTS

Griffins advance past Assumption into regionals

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Dillon Day strikes out Assumption’s Andrew Gianelloni to end the second inning of the Griffins’ 11-0 Class 5A bi-district playoff victory Thursday evening.

No. 2 seed Dutchtown scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back on way to an 11-0 Class 5A bi-district playoff victory over Assumption Thursday evening at Griffin Park.

“It always feels good to get a win,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “You hope your kids don’t overlook an opponent and we came out in the first inning and I think set the tempo. Dillon Day set the tempo on the mound for us and we came up and swung the bats. That took some pressure off our guys. We were able to relax and play the game.”

The Griffins (29-5-2) advanced to face No. 18 seed Hahnville in the Class 5A regionals Monday in Boutte for the right to go to the Class 5A state tournament beginning Friday at North Park in Denham Springs. The Mustangs end the season with an overall record of 12-16

“When you get to this point in the season, you take it one game at a time,” Schexnaydre said. “Our focus is on Monday going down to Hahnville and playing a good team that we played three times already. You don’t like to play teams you have before but that is the way the bracket was drawn and we will take it one game at a time and use every arm we have to get a win.”

Dillon Day started for the Griffins surrendering two walks over two innings while striking out five. The Griffins other two left handers Britt Gautreaux and Cameron Breeden finished off the Mustangs as Gautreaux struckout six in two innings of relief and Breeden retired the side in order during the fifth inning. In all, they combined for 12 strikeouts while giving up just one hit

“I was hoping to limit Dillon to a couple of innings only,” Schexnaydre said. “I know he is capable of going five or six innings and coming back on three days rest but I wanted to make sure he was ready to go on Monday. When we put up a big number in the first inning that gave us a cushion and we were confident with the guys  coming in. It is the first time those three guys have all thrown in the same game. They have all pitched some in relief at times so it is something that they are accustomed to.”

Brody Andres took the loss for Assumption giving up seven runs on eight hits in only one inning.

“I got to give my guys credit,” Assumption head coach Daniel Manry said. “Two months ago, nobody gave them a chance. Nobody thought they could do anything. They fought hard just to make it to the playoffs which is rewarding for us. The one thing that I ask them everyday is to never give up and even though the score doesn’t reflect it in this game, our guys never quit fighting. They have nothing to be ashamed off.”

“(Dutchtown) is one of the top teams in the state. The guys that they have that can go in and compete on the mound like that with the offense that they have, they are going to have a great shot to win state. They are a great ball team – the best we have played all year.”

Troy Lewis got things going for Dutchtown with a one-out single in the bottom of the first before Alex Millet was hit  and Jesse Buratt dropped a single in front of right to load the bases. Wesley Perkins lined over second to plate two runs putting the Griffins on the board.

After pinch running Jacob Williams stole second Gautreaux lined a double over first to cross two more runs. Damon Scanlan reached on a bunt and stole second before Justin Musselman dropped a single over second for two more runs. Day then lined through the center of the infield one out later to make it 7-0.

Assumption’s lone hit came in the second inning when Brandon Gosser lined a one-out single to the left gap.

Dutchtown added a run in the bottom half when Buratt lined a double to the right gap off releiver Jordan Bergeron and scored on Gautreaux’s blooper over first.

Millet lined a double to the left gap with one out in the third inning and scored on Perkins’ groundout after stealing third.

Scanlan beat out a grounder to short to open the bottom of the fourth inning and John Lambert completed the damage with a two-run home run over the left field fence for the final tally.

Dutchtown’s Justin Musselman scores ahead of the throw to Assumption’s Andrew Naquin to put the Griffins ahead 7-0 in the first inning of their bi-district playoff victory Thursday.