Carencro High’s baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak to earn its first district win of the season Saturday with a 9-1 win over cross-town rival Comeaux.
After losing their first five district games and coming off close losses to Barbe and Sulphur, Carencro coach Brannon Cobb said it was about time the Bears notched its first district win of the season.
“Getting our first district win was great,” Cobb said. “The kids needed it, and it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been playing some quality baseball this week.”
Carencro (8-14, 1-5 District 3-5A) took advantage of an early error by Comeaux (6-15, 1-5) to jump out to 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in the convincing win.
The Bears scored five runs in the first two innings on just three hits, the last of which was a two-out, three-RBI double by first baseman Nik Faul.
Cobb said playing with the lead was a nice change from recent contests in which Carencro has been forced to play from behind.
“It seems like it’s been forever since we weren’t behind after the first inning, so actually having a lead after the first was nice,” Cobb said. “It was also a nice to get a break. With the teams in our district, day-in and day-out you have to play your best baseball.”
The Bears were able to maintain their lead thanks to a complete-game performance by junior pitcher Derrick Living, who gave up just one earned run and four hits in his first outing in two weeks. Cobb said there is a good chance he becomes a regular starter as the season continues.
“Two weeks ago, he pitched a heck of a game against Live Oak where he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ended up shutting out a quality team,” Cobb said. “We felt he could be a third starter for us in district, and he came on and did a nice job.”
The Bears also received a lot of defensive help from their outfield, which combined to grab eight fly balls in the contest.
“We hit a lot of balls to the centerfielder, and he’s pretty good out there,” Comeaux coach Matt McCullough. “We did a better job from the second inning on of taking some good swings, but they did a good job of running some balls down and make some plays. They played good defense today.”
Carencro will look to build on Saturday’s win when it returns home for a game against Acadiana on Tuesday. Comeaux will attempt to bounce back when it travels take on Sam Houston.