ABBEVILLE — The Vermilion Catholic baseball team used three big innings to down district rival Highland Baptist 13-6 Monday night at Ralph Sellers Field.
Vermilion Catholic (8-9, 2-1 District 7-1A) scored runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, but it was more than enough to hand Highland Baptist (4-11, 1-2) its third loss in the past four games.
“We started out slow,” Vermilion Catholic coach Steven Adams Jr. said. “We were sluggish and we didn’t get any breaks. We had one call go our way, we utilized it and ended up scoring some runs right after that, then we had another big inning. It was good for everybody tonight.”
The Eagles scored first in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by pitcher Jacob Sagrera to put VC up 1-0. Cade Boudreaux brought in a run on a double, and later in the inning, a wild pitch scored Boudreaux to give the Eagles a 3-0 cushion heading into the third.
Highland Baptist answered quickly with four runs of its own, including an RBI single by Gary Roberts.
An Austin Bellaire single in the bottom of the fourth scored two runs and put the Eagles on top 5-4 and they would never relinquish the lead.
Two wild pitches scored runs and Tyler Derouen drove in a run on a single to left field as part of a seven-run fourth inning for Vermilion Catholic.
The Eagles held a commanding 10-4 lead at the end of four. Sagrera was done on the mound after he gave up four runs in the third and Hunter Frith was called on in relief.
Hits were scarce with Frith on the mound, as the junior struck out seven in just under four complete innings.
Adams said he was pleased with Frith’s ability to come in as a reliever despite being one of the team’s starters.
“Jacob came out and he didn’t have his best stuff, but he gave us a chance to win and everybody is on a quick leash,” Adams said “Hunter is a guy who throws a lot of pitches, but he doesn’t give up a lot of runs and that’s what we wanted.”
The Bears were able to tack on two runs in the seventh before Emile Trahan closed the deal for the Eagles.
Adams said his team is young and he scheduled tough at the beginning of the year to prepare them for the final stretch of the season.
“We had a tough schedule to start off the year to prepare us for district,” Adams said. “Whenever we go out of our district, we usually play up, and it’s all to prepare the guys to play at the level we need to whenever it counts at the end of the year. I don’t worry too much about wins and losses as long as we can get ourselves in the playoffs.
“You’re going to have to beat the ones or the twos sometime. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the first round or the fourth round. I like the way our pitching staff does and if our guys come to play, we always have a chance to win a game.”
Both squads will be on the road Wednesday with Vermilion Catholic playing North Vermilion and Highland Baptist squaring off against Episcopal School of Acadiana.