SCOTT — Acadiana baseball coach Matt McCullough said his Wreckin’ Rams have been close to breaking through, but several close decisions haven’t gone their way.
Perhaps Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Lafayette High could be the breakthrough the Rams have been waiting for.
“We’ve been close and lost a few close games, but I really think the kids truly believe we can beat anybody,” McCullough said. “We know that it’s just one game, but we know we can play with anybody if we come out and play our game. That is a good baseball team we beat today.”
The Rams used a gutty performance on the mound from Chad Romero to keep the Lions at bay. Romero didn’t have a strikeout, but he gave up just two hits and went all seven innings.
“Chad did a great job,” McCullough said. “He threw three pitches for a strike and, when he does that, we can compete with anyone. We aren’t going to have a bunch of strikeouts. We just have to stay down, and he was down in the zone and we played good defense.”
Lafayette coach Sam Taulli was critical of his team’s approach at the plate. The Lions did not get a leadoff hitter on base and, with the wind blowing in, Taulli said the Lions’ approach was lacking.
“We were terrible at the plate,” he said. “We had a lousy approach, and (Romero) was in there throwing strikes. He isn’t trying to overpower people, and yet we are in there trying to hit the ball a ton. You can’t do that when the wind is blowing in, and we have to be better than that.
“Arguably, we have some guys that can hit the ball out of the park, but we also have guys that can run. When the wind is blowing in, you have to be able to move runners over and manufacture runs. ... We were terrible.”
The Rams got runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings, all but one unearned. On the flip side, the Rams had two early errors that the Lions couldn’t capitalize on.
“We really harp on being able to make a play after an error and get through those innings without giving up a run,” McCullough said. “We did make a few errors early, but when we limit that, it really puts the pressure on them. ...
“We just have to make plays. I think we are getting to the point where these younger guys have played enough games where they make some tough plays and now they expect to make them. We’re going to need that.”