Timely hits help Griffins end three-game skid
Usually, when Dutchtown walks 11 batters from the mound and only accumulates five hits from the plate, it's a recipe for a loss.
That wasn't the case on Thursday night.
With solid defense and a couple of big hits in key situations, the Griffins were able to put an end to a three-game losing streak and top Central, 4-3, at home.
It was two days earlier that Dutchtown had committed seven errors in a 3-1 loss to Zachary. On Thursday night, they were able to take advantage of the mistakes of their opponent.
In the bottom of the first, Nicholls Sate commit Cameron Crawford led off with a single. The bases were then loaded with a Cole Morrison walk and bunt single by Cameron Sibley.
Crawford was able to give Dutchtown a 1-0 lead on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Griffins were able to extend the lead to 3-0.
Sibley led off with a walk, and the bases were loaded after Joey Rodrigue was hit by a pitch and Zach Johnson got on following a Central fielding error.
Reid Bouchereau then came up with a huge two-RBI single.
The Wildcats responded with a big inning in the fifth.
Dutchtown pitching hit two batters, and another runner reached base after a fielding error.
Central was then able to produce an RBI single and a two-RBI double to tie the game at 3.
The Griffins didn't get rattled.
Crawford led the fifth with a single, and he eventually scored after a Central fielding error on a grounder by Jack Merrifield.
With the lead, Cade Blanchard came in to finish the game for Dutchtown. Though he walked four batters in two innings of work, he struck out three and didn't allow a single hit.
In the victory, Crawford was the only Griffin to record multiple hits. He went 2-3 and scored two runs.
Bouchereau went 1-3 with two RBIs.
With the victory, Dutchtown improved to 14-8
They'll begin district play on Tuesday, and head coach Chris Schexnaydre would like to see his team get better production from the plate as league play approaches.
"We've struggled a little bit getting timely hits, and that's one of the things that's gonna win some critical games down the stretch," Schexnaydre said. "We need a guy that's gonna hit the ball in the gap when the bases are loaded early in the game so we can stretch the lead early. Then, when we do get the lead, hopefully we can relax a little and our hits will come more often."