SCOTT — The Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams used a four-run seventh inning to come from behind and top the visiting Yellow Jackets of New Iberia 7-6.
The Rams’ comeback was sparked when eight-hole hitter Collin Dugas reached on an error. NISH starter Brant Leslie then walked Alex Courtier forcing New Iberia coach Robbie Norris to go to his bullpen.
Reliever Caleb Seroski then gave up a bunt single to Brandon Duhon, loading the bases with no outs.
Acadiana’s Louis Flores then hit a ball that pulle NISH third baseman Trevor Benoit away from the bag. The hit allowed Dugas to score, but by the time Benoit fielded the ball, his only play was at third. Courtier was ruled safe on a close play, keeping the bases loaded.
With New Iberia (10-9) still holding on to a two-run lead, Acadiana’s Mateo Beltran grounded to second, but an error by New Iberia allowed Acadiana (14-10) to score another run, cutting the deficit to one.
The game-winner for Acadiana came off the bat of clean-up hitter Hunter Tabb. Tabb stung a ball to second, but when NISH tried to turn a double play, an errant throw from Tim Declouet allowed Duhon and Flores to score, giving Acadiana a 7-6 win.
While NISH starter Brant Leslie didn’t get stuck with the loss, a strong performance went by the wayside. Leslie struck out eight and gave up two hits in six plus innings.
The come from behind win pushes the Rams winning streak to five.
Acadiana coach Matt McCullough couldn’t say enough about his teams never-say-die attitude.
“We preach to the team, no matter what, we play the next pitch, we don’t play the score,” McCullough said “We continued to play hard, found a way to get some guys on in that last inning and then found a way to win the game.”
Acadiana was forced to mount the comeback after New Iberia scored four runs in the top of the first inning thanks to five base hits off of Acadiana starter Chad Romero.
The Yellow Jackets added to their lead in the fourth, using RBI singles by Tyler Khammany and Beau Hebert to push their lead to 6-0.
In the sixth inning with two on and nobody out, NISH appeared to be ready to put the Rams away. But New Iberia escaped without anymore damage. Brant Leslie hit a line driver to second, but a diving stop by Luis Flores started an inning-ending triple play.
Acadiana’s first run of the game didn’t come until the fourth when Bralen Trahan singled home Beltran. The Rams picked up two more in the fifth thanks to Brandon Duhon’s two-run triple to left-center field.
Acadiana’s JuJuan Franklin worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning to earn the win.
Acadiana will travel to face Sam Houston on Saturday. New Iberia will host Comeaux on Saturday.