Dutchtown wins three-game series to reach quarterfinals

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dillon Abbess earned the tough game-three win in 10 innings over Denham Springs. Photo by Dewey Keller.

After a hard-fought three-game series with No. 4 Denham Springs, Dutchtown is back in the state quarterfinals.

The 13th-seeded Griffins demolished Lafayette 9-0 in their opening-round game--drawing a road matchup with the Yellow Jackets.

Things got off to a promising start on Friday night as Dutchtown stole a game-one victory 3-2.

Austin Bain earned the win from the mound. It was his fifth victory of the year as his record improved to 5-4.

From the plate, Dylan King went 2-4 with an RBI, and Trey Gallman went 2-3 with an RBI.

The victory put the Griffins just one win away from the quarterfinals, but Denham Springs easily avoided the sweep.

In game two, they absolutely thrashed the Griffins--explodeding for 14 runs and 12 hits and winning the game in blowout fashion at 14-2.

Things were looking bleak to start game three as Dutchtown quickly fell behind 4-1.

The Yellow Jackets raced to that lead on the strength of a Griffin error and a two-RBI single by Ashton Martin.

The Griffins finally answered back in the third inning as they produced a three-run burst to knot the game at 4.

From there, the game was a pitcher's duel between Dutchtown's Dillon Abbess and Denham Springs' Brennan Batty.

The two dominated from the mound and pitched shutouts for the rest of the game.

The game remained 4-4 after seven innings. It went to an eighth inning, but Abbess and Batty still could not be touched.

It went to a ninth inning, but the game remained deadlocked at 4. Finally, the Griffins made their move in the top of the 10th.

With two outs, Gallman came up huge with a two-RBI double to give Dutchtown their first lead since game one.

That ignited the Griffin bats as both Caleb Ricca and Tyler Boeding followed with RBI doubles of their own.

The four-run explosion put Dutchtown up 8-4 headed into the bottom half of the inning.

From there, it was all up to Abbess. He didn't disappoint.

Abbess forced Denham Springs to go three-up, three-down as she struck out the final two batters to earn the Griffins the series win and a trip to the state quarterfinals.

In the extra-innings affair, Abbess gave up eight hits, but he cancelled that out by striking out eight Yellow Jacket batters.

Bain was a terror at the plate as he produced a game-high four hits, and Evan Richardson chipped in with two hits of his own.

Overall, Dutchtown finished the game with 11 hits.

With the upset victory, the Griffins are now off to the quarterfinals to face parish and district rival St. Amant. The two teams know each other very well.

St. Amant upset Dutchtown in the opening round of last year's playoffs.

This season, the two clashed at the end of the season for the outright district title.

Dutchtown won the first game 6-1 but as they went for the outright crown in the second game, St. Amant blanked them 5-0.

The Gator victory forced a three-way tie for the District 5-5A title between them, Dutchtown and Catholic.

The 25-12 Griffins will get another crack at St. Amant in game one at Gator Park on Friday night.