Griffins pull off win despite having just one hit

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown's Dillon Abbess struck out nine and only gave up two hits in Dutchtown's 4-3 win over Lutcher. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

After early errors threatened to give Dillon Abbess a loss despite a two-hitter, Dutchtown forced Lutcher to make plays from the field in the sixth inning, and they couldn't.

The Griffins quickly went from being down 3-0 to up 4-3 and after Abbess got out of a jam in the seventh, Dutchtown pulled out the much-needed win.

Mistakes put the Griffins in a 3-0 hole early. Abbess only gave up two infield singles but fueled by an error-filled second-inning, Lutcher was able to jump out to the big lead.

"Errors are part of the game and the team that can overcome those errors, that's the team that usually shines at the end. Tonight, we were able to overcome them," Griffin head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. "They hurt us early but the guys we have out there, they're the guys we believe in. Some nights, you're going to struggle at times. Hopefully, we can clean it up and get better."

Both pitchers were on. Abbess blew through the first inning--striking out two of the three batters he faced.

However, things began to fall apart to start the second as he hit leadoff batter Cameron Guillot. Abbess then walked Patton Poche.

Shawn Brignac then bunted. An errant throw to first allowed him to get there safely, and it also sent a Lutcher runner home.

Dillon Ricotta followed it with a sacrifice grounder to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

After another Griffin fielding error helped load the bases, Abbess escaped the tough jam with two straight strikeouts.

But the Bulldogs scored another run in the fourth.

Brignac led the inning off with a walk, and Alec Louque eventually sent him home with a sacrifice bunt to give Lutcher a comfortable 3-0 advantage.

Dutchtown looked to be in serious trouble as they entered the bottom of the sixth. With only six outs remaining, they had just one hit and trailed by three runs.

Fortunately for the Griffins, they got some help from the Bulldogs.

They led the inning off with three straight walks to load the bases with no outs. Conner Ghere, Cullen Ballard and Caleb Ricca all reached base.

Finally, the Griffins scored their first run of the game as Brandt Fritsche came through with a sacrifice grounder. Ballard then scored on a wild pitch to pull Dutchtown within one run.

After a fielding error by Lutcher, another run came home to tie the game.

The big inning was capped off when Tyler Boeding drilled a hot shot to short that Louque couldn't handle. It allowed another run to score to give the Griffins their first lead of the game at 4-3.

In the seventh, Abbess found a little trouble as he walked Ricotta, the leadoff batter, and eventually walked Luke Zeringue as well.

Abbess hung tough. He escaped the jam and earned the victory for the Griffins with a big three-pitch strikeout of Ethan Bland.

Despite the rough second inning, Abbess pitched another gem. In the complete-game victory, he struck out nine Bulldogs and only gave up two hits--both being infield bunts.

"He's a competitor; he's a battler. You know that when he goes out there, he's going to give you everything he can," Schexnaydre said. "We fell behind early, and he kept us in the ballgame and allowed us to get into that sixth inning and get some runs and get the lead. Our guys know that when he's out there, we have a chance to win and tonight, that's what he did for us."

Louque and Zeringue had Luther's only hits. Louque went 1-3 with an RBI.

As for Dutchtown, they amazingly scored four runs and won the game on just one hit.

Dane Anderson had that one hit as he drilled a triple in the second inning. He finished 1-3 for the game. Fritsche had Dutchtown's only RBI.

It was a much-needed win for the Griffins. They had limped into the contest having lost five of their previous six games.

But the victory was their second win in three contests. Coach Schexnaydre hopes it can be a springboard for them as they head into their district schedule.

"Right now, any time we can get a win, I'm happy for my kids because we've been struggling," Schexnaydre said. "I want them to bottle this up and feel good about this one because any time we can get a win right now, it's gonna build our confidence, and I think that whenever we can get some confidence going, we can be a pretty decent team."