The Terrebonne High baseball team scored the first two runs and the final two runs on Monday evening against District 7-5A rival H.L. Bourgeois at Tiger Field at Southdown Stadium in Houma.
Down a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers staged a furious rally. Consecutive doubles from Daunte Parish and Braxston Lovell allowed Parish to score the tying run.
Then with two outs, Cullen Butler singled into right field, bringing home Lovell for the game-winning run in a 4-3 Tigers victory.
Butler earned the win in relief with a strikeout, allowed two hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings. Jase Boudreaux went the distance in the loss for the Braves with seven strikeouts, permitted six hits and no walks.
"We started off fast, fell off and then finished strong. We learned how to finish," Tigers assistant coach Dren Theriot said. "It was a good game with a lot of intensity. I’m proud of my boys. They competed until the end and didn’t let them get under their skin after everything that happened."
"I feel we had a lot of opportunities to put them away, but we didn’t," Braves coach Corey Sullivan said. "Just look at the last two innings compared to the whole game. Those couple of plays we didn’t make, they took advantage of it. It’s baseball. Things like that happen."
Terrebonne (13-14 overall, 4-7 in district) capitalized on H.L. Bourgeois mistakes in the first inning. Braxston Lovell (3-for-4, RBI) scored from first base on a fielding error. Then Butler scored on a groundout for a 2-0 Tigers lead.
H.L. Bourgeois (9-13 overall, 5-6 in district) chipped away at the deficit against Tigers starter Cole Lovell (two strikeouts, two hits, five walks in 4 1/3 innings). Tate Bates scored on a groundout in the second inning.
In the third inning, Cullen Nyssen (2-for-2) scored on a Peyton LeBoeuf sacrifice bunt to tie the game. In the fifth, a Cole Lovell wild pitch allowed Caleb Doucet to steal home and give the Braves a 3-2 advantage.
"Defensively, we made mental mistakes. We have to make the routine plays," Theriot said. "We struggled swinging the bat. We let some pitches go that we should have swung at. We you have close calls like that, and it’s a close games like this, you got to have consistency with at-bats and you got to make things happen."
"We didn’t make the plays early. We gave up two runs on errors," Sullivan said. "Jase competes. Terrebonne’s a good hitting team, and he basically shut them down for six innings. Jase is going to give us a chance to win every time he steps on the mound."
Sparks flew in the sixing inning as Terrebonne tried to tie the game. With Jacob Collins on third, D’brenden Hill laid down a bunt. Boudreaux scooped up the ball and tossed it Bates to apply the tag to Collins. Collins ran over Bates, but he held on to the ball for the out. Temper flared as Bates and Collins went after each other and needed to be separated. Both were ejected from the game.
The teams battle again Wednesday, this time in Gray to close district play. The regular season ends this week, and both teams are hovering near the final playoff spot in the power rankings.
"We need to keep the intensity we had the last two innings carry over into Wednesday," Theriot said. "I told them we have to make things happen. Believe in yourself and good things will happen."
"I hope this loss leaves a bad taste in their mouths," Sullivan said. "And I hope they come out Wednesday ready to take care of business so we can get into the playoffs."
MONDAY'S BASEBALL CAPSULES
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 5, THIBODAUX 4
At Thibodaux, the Trojans improved to 6-19 overall and to 2-9 in District 7-5A play and the Tigers fell to 15-17 overall and to 2-9 in district.
Bailey Barrios (double) and Joseph Brunet (triple) led Central Lafourche at the plate and Barrios (two hits, three earned runs, eight strikeouts, five walks, win) and Jack Gautreaux (no hits, no earned runs, strikeout, walk) each pitched for the Trojans.
Thibodaux got two RBIs from Cameron Amedee and a double from Julien Kliebert.
ASCENSION CATHOLIC 6, COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3
At Donaldsonville, Trenton Holloway had a hit and an RBI for the Lions and Caleb Wilson added a double as they fell to 19-6 after the nondistrict loss. Ascension Catholic improved to 22-6 on the season.