Dutchtown baseball continues to roll

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown's Cameron Sibley. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Dutchtown baseball was impressive in their opening week as they raced out to a 5-0 start.

However, the Griffins have made it obvious that what they accomplished during those first seven days was far from a fluke. In action last week, Dutchtown continued their strong play as they went 3-1 in a tournament at Fontainebleau and Covington.

They began the weekend with a dominating 8-3 victory over Slidell at Fontainebleau on Friday evening.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, a Cameron Crawford bunt led to a throwing error by Slidell, giving way to Cameron Sibley coming around to score.

Dutchtown ended the inning with a 2-1 lead after Sammy Waguespack reached base and picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

From there, the Griffins rolled. They eventually scored four more runs to build a 6-1 advantage, before Slidell cut it to 6-3.

Though, Dutchtown finished strong with two more scores to clinch the victory, 8-3.

For the second game of their double-header, they played hosting Fontainebleau. Once again, they made it look easy.

The Griffins jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and Bulldog mistakes allowed them to keep putting up points.

Cole Morrison walked and eventually got to third after a wild pitch. After another wild pitch, Morrison scored.

Both Brayden Caskey and Waguespack reached base. Waguespack then scored on the third wild pitch of the inning.

Dutchtown ended the frame with an RBI single by Crawford.

From there, it was smooth sailing for the Griffins as they earned an 8-0 shutout victory.

The only hiccup of the weekend for Dutchtown came on Saturday morning at Covington.

The Griffins met St. Paul’s and actually took a 1-0 lead after one inning, but some key mistakes by the Dutchtown defense gave way to two unearned runs by the Wolves to give them a 2-1 advantage.

The Griffins were able to respond.

Waguespack drew a two-outs walk, and Sibley singled. Waguespack was then brought home on an RBI double by Joey Rodrigue.

This flurry helped the Griffins regain the lead at 4-2.

Unfortunately for Dutchtown, they were never able to generate anymore offense. St. Paul’s countered with four unanswered runs to hand the Griffins their first loss of the year at 6-4.

Dutchtown tried to shake off the defeat and close the tournament out with success in the second game of the double-header against hosting Covington.

They didn’t get off to a very good start. The Lions got three hits off of starting pitcher Frank Miller. Those hits yielded two runs and gave them the early lead.

But after that damage, Miller settled in and shut down the Covington offense. They only scored one more run during his five innings of work.

Meanwhile, the Griffin bats were able to give him the support he needed as they outscored the Lions 4-1 after falling down by two runs early.

The hard-fought 4-3 victory improved Dutchtown to 9-1 overall.

This kind of start didn’t seem likely at the end of last year when the Griffins parted ways with seven seniors that made the all-district team.

But players like Crawford, Sibley, Rodrigue and Cade Blanchard have stepped up and have been driving forces behind the Griffins’ great start.

Before the season, head coach Chris Schexnaydre said that his team would have this kind of potential. He raved about their depth on the mound and the versatility of his players. So far, they have lived up to their coach’s expectations.

This weekend, Dutchtown will compete in the Jay Patterson Shootout tournament.

They’ll be at St. Amant on Thursday and Friday as they play West Monroe and Shaw. On Saturday, they’ll be at East Ascension to meet Central.