Lafayette took advantage of some poor Carencro defense to notch its third District 3-5A win in a 12-3 victory against the Bears on Saturday.
The Lions (15-4, 3-0) took advantage of six Carencro errors to log seven unearned runs, along with 13 hits.
Lafayette coach Sam Taulli Jr. said he was happy with his team’s attention to detail, applauding his squad’s alert base running as a key factor.
“I was really happy with my base runners today. They were looking to take an extra base when it was available,” Taulli said. “When they weren’t covering the bag, we put the pressure on them and always took the bag.”
Taulli said good base running is something the Lions coaching staff emphasize at practice, and he was happy to see his team have an effective day on the bases.
“That’s something we preach to them, and something we practice a lot: being good base runners and knowing what you’re doing,” Taulli said.
Lafayette jumped on Carencro (7-12, 0-3) from the opening inning and scored in all seven innings.
Taulli said the quick start was a welcome respite for the Lions, who have fallen behind in recent games and had to rally to secure the win.
“I just wanted them to focus from the beginning and come out with a good attitude and try to keep the pressure on them,” Taulli said. “We seemed to do that, we had some really good at-bats early in the game and I think we executed the plan we had coming into the game.”
“Our district is tough from top to bottom. (Carencro has) played really well against some quality teams, so you can’t take any win for granted.”
Lions pitcher Miguel Reyes rebounded from a poor outing Thursday to shut down the Bears.
Reyes fired five innings of three-hit, one-run ball before giving up two runs in the sixth. Reyes finished with eight strikeouts.
“He actually started the game on Thursday (against New Iberia), and we had to get him out in the first inning,” Taulli said. “He lost his focus and concentration, and after about 25 pitches, we had to get him out of there.”
“We told him today was another day and to get back out there and do what you do best. He struggled with his curveball early, and then he made a couple of adjustments and was able to throw it for a strike.”
Taulli said his team is focusing on their next game against Sam Houston on Tuesday, but he is happy to have wins in the bank as district play heats up.
“Anytime you can get a (win) in this district you take it and you look forward to the next game,” Taulli said. “We know it is a tough week ahead, so all we can do right now is worry about what we’re going to do in that game.”