Griffins hold off Gators in district clash

Kyle Riviere
Dalton Barbier went 2-3 with an RBI. He also scored the Griffins' winning run in their 2-1 victory over St. Amant Photo by Kyle Riviere.

When you have strong pitching and defense, you always have a chance to win. Dutchtown proved that in their district road clash against St. Amant on Tuesday night.

The Griffins didn't do a whole lot on offense, but their pitching was so good that it didn't really matter. Brock Barthelemy and Zach Braud combined to surrender just five hits in what became a 2-1 victory for Dutchtown.

“We’ve only given up one run in the last two games," Griffin head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. "Pitching and defense will keep you in games always. Hitting will come and go. Right now, we have a few guys that are struggling from the plate, but if we can pitch like that every day and play great defense, we’ll be in the ball game late, and that’s all you can ask for.”

As good as Barthelemy was, he got off to a slow start.

In the first inning, Teddy Webb and Lathan Bourgeois came up with back-to-back two-outs singles against him, but Barthelemy was able to end the frame with a big strikeout.

But he wasn't so lucky in the third.

After falling down 0-2 in the count, Trey Webb fought back and eventually blasted a leadoff solo homer over the wall in right-center to give St. Amant a 1-0 lead.

This advantage remained until Dutchtown finally generated some offense in the top of the fourth inning.

Things got started by Brayden Caskey. He led off the inning by reaching base on a Gator throwing error.

Caskey scored on a double by Dalton Barbier. Barbier was then able to reach third after a Will Reed single.

It set up Carter Landry putting down a beautiful bunt. He was thrown out at first, but his sacrifice allowed Barbier to come around and score to give Dutchtown a 2-1 advantage.

“We got two big runs there," Schexnaydre said. "Caskey reached base, and then Barbier hit one in the gap, and what a great job of running the bases by him. With a guy on third base, we had a swinging bunt just outside the circle, and the catcher went to get it. He didn’t hesitate; he went in to score, which turned out to be the winning run.”

St. Amant had a great chance to score in the fifth inning as Alex LeBourgeois walked and Reese Lipoma was hit by a pitch. But both players were stranded when Barthelemy ended the inning with two strikeouts.

Braud came in to pitch for Dutchtown in the sixth, and he ran into some control problems early. He walked Brock Bourgeois on four pitches and was 3-0 on Trey Webb.

Braud rebounded by forcing Webb to pop out, and he then ended the inning by striking out Blake Rambin.

In the bottom of the seventh, Slade Zeppuhar led off with a single for St. Amant, but he was never able to come home.

Brown ended the game by striking out Cade LeBeouf.

Barthelemy earned the victory from the mound for Dutchtown. He pitched five complete innings. He gave up just four hits and one run, and he struck out eight batters.

From the plate, Barbier went 2-3 with an RBI, and he scored the game-winning run. Reed also went 2-3.

Teddy Webb also had a terrific outing in defeat. He pitched a complete game in which he surrendered just five hits and one earned run. He collected seven strikeouts.

From the plate, St. Amant was led by his brother Trey, who went 1-3 with a home run. No Gator could produce multiple hits.

After dropping their district opener against East Ascension, Dutchtown followed it up with a 3-1 win over the Spartans on Saturday, and now, a 2-1 win over St. Amant.

“It’s a mental thing with kids," Schexnaydre said. "Last year, St. Amant, EA and Catholic all beat us two times, so to get a win against these guys is huge—especially in the first game. Hopefully, it can carry into Thursday, and we can come up with another good effort.”