Gator pitching gets them back on track

Kyle Riviere
Dwain Guice threw a five-hit complete game in the Gators' 6-1 win over Lakeshore. Photo by Tammy Gaudin.

For much of the season, St. Amant has struggled to find quality performances on the mound from anyone not named Blayne Enlow.

It was the case again in the first game of a Friday double-header at home when they gave up 13 in an ugly loss to Ponchatoula.

But when game two rolled around, Dwain Guice took the mound and gave the Gators the kind of effort head coach Troy Templet has been looking for from his pitching staff all season.

Guice threw a five-hit complete game against Lakeshore that St. Amant was able to win, 6-1.

"We responded well," Templet said. "Dwain Guice started the game and gave up the run in the first inning, but he settled down real quick and had good command. He had a lot of first-pitch strikes. He didn't throw many pitches for a seven-inning complete game, so that made me very happy."

To start the bottom of the second, Tyson Cowart singled and Caden Piper walked.

Briggs Bourgeois then singled, but a Titan fielding error allowed both Cowart and Piper to score.

Following the miscue, both Prejean and Kolby Blanchard walked to load the bases. Fontenot was then walked to send Bourgeois home and give St. Amant a 3-1 lead.

This lead lasted until the sixth. There, the Gators were able to finally create some breathing room.

Cowart led the inning off with a walk, and he was sent home on an RBI double by Ben Parker.

Bourgeois then double and was eventually brought home on a sac fly by Blanchard.

The inning ended with an RBI triple by Prejean that increased the St. Amant lead to 6-1, a lead Guice and the Gators were able to hold.

From the plate, Bourgeois led St. Amant with a 2-4 effort that yielded an RBI. Cowart went 2-2 with a walk. Both players were the only Gators to collect multiple hits.

Prejean went 1-2 with an RBI and two walks.

Guice earned a complete-game victory as he surrendered just five hits and no walks. He struck out seven Titans.

After the win over Lakeshore, the Gators ended the (?) with a 21-0 shellacking of South Plaquemines. That gave them a 4-1 stretch last week, after recently suffering through a six-game losing streak.