Gators erase deficit to take season opener

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Ivan Prejean. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

In his time at St. Amant, not many teams have been able to get the best of Blayne Enlow, but University Lab had his number on Thursday night.

The Cubs scored six runs against Enlow in the fourth inning to go up 6-4, but thankfully for the Gators, their bullpen was able to stop the bleeding and do just enough for St. Amant to surge back and win their season opener, 8-7.

"I'm proud of our kids for finding a way," Gator head coach Troy Templet said. "It wasn't pretty, but I'll take it because U-High is a quality team with a quality coaching staff. They swung the bats really well. That was impressive."

Early on, Enlow was dominant. Through the first three innings, he pitched a shutout and only allowed one hit.

St. Amant took advantage and raced out to a 4-0 lead.

However, University began the fourth with five straight hits--four of which drove home runs. It translated into a six-run inning that put the Cubs ahead, 6-4.

The Gators answered in the fifth with three runs of their own to regain the lead.

Ivan Prejean, Larson Fontenot and Patrick Wolfe all walked to load the bases. Prejean eventually scored on a passed ball, and Fontenot scored on a throwing error.

Wolfe was sent home after an RBI single by Gant Gautreaux.

University tied the game at 7 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

There, Prejean came up big with a two-outs single, and he advanced to third on a single by Zane Zeppuhar.

The Gators then executed a double-steal. While the Cubs focused on trying to throw out courtesy runner Ben Parker as he made a run for second, Prejean raced home for what turned out to be the winning run.

Prejean had a huge game--going 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs.