Spartans back on track with wild win

Kyle Riviere
Gage Bourgeois scores during the Spartans' 13-8 win over Lutcher. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

It wasn't pretty, but that didn't matter to East Ascension. After losing six of their previous seven games, they just wanted a win--regardless of how they got it.

Hosting Lutcher on Friday night, the two teams combined for 20 walks and 12 errors.

The Spartans were able to fight off a six-run fifth-inning rally by the Bulldogs to come away with a sloppy 13-8 victory.

"It was awesome. We needed that big time," East Ascension head coach Britt Waguespack said. "We really hit the ball tonight. We only had eight hits, but we had big timely hits when we needed them, so hats off to our guys."

The Spartans took big leads on two separate occasions, but each time, Lutcher found a way to get back into the game.

From the plate, Reese Hebert went 2-4 with an RBI and a walk. Both Ryan Williams and Gage Bourgeois finished 1-4 with a pair of RBIs.  

But Preston Thrash was the catalyst for the Spartan offense. He went 4-4 with three RBIs.

Coach Waguespack was happy with the victory, but there are still some improvements he knows his team must make before they begin district play.

"We have to get better in the mental part of the game," Waguespack said. "We have to make less base-running mistakes. We're making way too many, and those are mistakes we didn't make early on.

"I feel that right now, we're trying to do too much on the bases, and it's causing us to run ourselves out of innings. We have to clean that up, and we have to clean up some routine plays on defense."

Thrash was the catalyst for the Spartan offense. He went 4-4 with three RBIs.