BASEBALL

Smokin'

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
Dutchtown pitcher Austin Bain held St. Amant to just one hit and struck out six in four innings of work. Photo by Dewey Keller.

With Austin Bain red-hot from the mound and from behind the plate, Dutchtown continued smoking on Thursday night as they trounced St. Amant 14-2 to collect their sixth straight win.

Bain pitched a one-hitter through four innings and went 4-5 with two RBIs with his bat to give the Griffins the easy road win and help them remain undefeated within the district.

"We set the tempo early. Our guys came out and swung the bats really well," Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. "Austin Bain went out there in the first few innings on the mound and really set a good temp for us. When he's throwing strikes, he's really good, and I think he showed that tonight."

You couldn't have asked for a better start for Dutchtown. Robbie Podorsky and Bain led off the game with singles, and Mason Nickens walked to load up the bases.

Three runs proceeded to score after a sacrifice fly by Alex Thibodeaux, a wild pitch by Cameron Templet and a sacrifice grounder by Evan Richardson.

The 3-0 lead carried on over to the second when the Griffins had their biggest offensive explosion of the game.

Bain led things off with a RBI-double. And after Nickens got on again with a walk, Thibodeaux sent him home on an RBI-single.

Not long afterward, big Cole Stapler came in and broke the game wide open with a three-run shot over the centerfield wall to put Dutchtown up 8-0.

The Griffins extended the lead to 9-0 in the fourth when Thibodeaux got his third RBI of the game in the form of a sacrifice grounder.

Sitting in the deep hole, St. Amant finally got on the board when Bain started to struggle with his control from the mound.

Brennan Grant got the Gators' first hit of the game. That's when Bain channeled his inner Rick Vaughn. He walked five batters—resulting in two runs for St. Amant. At one point, he threw 12 straight balls.

However, as bad as the stretch was for Bain, he still struck out two in the inning and was able to escape with his team still up 9-2.

"He (Bain) hadn't been on the mound in 11 days, so he was a little bit shaky," Schexnaydre said. "He ran into some trouble, but he was able to get through, and he was outstanding for us. He was able to get a lot of pressure on those guys."

Dutchtown made up the ground they lost the very next inning.

Collin Delaune got on because of an error, and he ended up scoring shortly afterward after two more errors. Cole Benoit made an errant throw to second as Delaune stole. And when Madison Nickens went to scoop the ball up in center, it went by him.

Bain highlighted the inning with a RBI-double down the leftfield line to give the Griffins an 11-2 lead.

Dutchtown put their finishing touches on the effort in the sixth when they cashed in three more runs—one was walked in, and two others scored on a St. Amant fielding error.

Helping out Bain in the 14-2 win was his fellow pitcher Stapler as he went 2-3 with a homer and three RBIs, and Podorsky went 2-4.

As for St. Amant, Grant had their lone hit of the game.

The Gators bounced back from the blowout loss the next day when they cruised past Woodlawn 10-2 to improve their overall record to 17-9 and 4-3 within the district.

As for Dutchtown, their thrashing of the Gators was followed by a 9-2 win over East Ascension on Saturday to give them seven straight wins. It jumped their overall record to 18-8 and a perfect 7-0 in league play.

Coach Schexnaydre thinks it's pretty simple as to why his team has had so much success as of late.

"It all starts on the mound. We're getting really good pitching, and we're playing solid defense. We've also been able to swing the bats and get some timely hits," Schexnaydre said.

The Griffins will try to extend their winning streak on Thursday as the travel to McKinley, and St. Amant will be headed on the road to face Catholic—a team they lost to recently 10-9.