ARNAUDVILLE — Crowley downed Beau Chene 4-1 to thanks to a bases-loaded two-RBI double by Gent’ pitcher Pate Broussard in the top of the 10th in a District 4-4A baseball Tuesday.
Crowley coach Michael Doughty said Broussard’s performance was typical of his demeanor not only on the mound, but at the plate as well.
(Broussard) is a competitor. There is no doubt about it,” Doughty said. “He brings a quiet tenacity to the baseball field. “He leads not so much through his mouth, but through his actions. He competes hard, and he’s swinging the bat well for us right now.”
“His pitching has been great. I didn’t think he had his best stuff today, but he still managed to hold them to only one run.”
Broussard finished 2-for-5 at the plate, and tossed seven innings with four strikeouts.
Haden Erbe finished the last three innings for Crowley (9-2). Erbe threw three innings of no-hit ball, including four strikeouts.
“Haden was disappointed in his outing in the Eunice Tournament against Brusly, even though I don’t think he did that bad after he settled in,” Doughty said. “So I think this was huge for his confidence. There is no question that he has great stuff. It’s just a matter of him having confidence and feeling good on the mound.”
Beau Chene (7-4, 0-1) had opportunities throughout to seize control, but never was unable to get a hit with runners in scoring position. The Gators left 12 men on base, with Broussard and Erbe both getting out of bases-loaded jams.
The Gators got runners in scoring position in seven of the 10 innings, but only got an RBI-single from pitcher Taylor Plumb to tie it at 1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Beau Chene coach Greg Fontenot was disappointed in his team’s hitting.
“Yes, we left 12 people on base. It was just a matter of manning up and getting the run in, and we didn’t do that,” Fontenot said.
Doughty said he kept waiting for things to fall apart for the Gents and wasn’t sure how his team wiggled out of so many tight situations.
“We had several innings where (Beau Chene) had runners in scoring position, and we managed somehow to keep them from crossing the plate,” Doughty said. “I kept thinking we were fixing to have that inning where things would fall apart, but we were able to stay away from that.”
Plumb fired a 99-pitch, nine innings for the Gators, only giving up an unearned run on a passed ball in the top of the seventh.
He was pulled in the top of the 10th in favor of reliever Russ Richard while Plumb went to center field, but Richard was only able to go a third of an inning before loading the bases.
Plumb was inserted back onto the mound for the Gators once the bases were loaded, and gave up the double to Broussard with his final pitch.
Fontenot said he was proud of Plumb’s performance on the mound, though, with his right-handed hurler doing everything he could to get the win.
“I couldn’t ask for more from him, he put us in every situation to win the ballgame; he even got the tying RBI single in the seventh inning,” Fontenot said. “The kid played his butt off today.”
Fontenot said he knew coming into the game Crowley battle at the plate, and would never give the Gators a chance to relax.
“They are a hell of a baseball team. They are coached very well,” Fontenot said. “I knew coming in they would compete at the plate. They weren’t going to lie down and give up, and they did that all the way through. Then in the last inning there, they ended up busting it open a little bit.”