The St. Thomas More baseball team did not have a prolific night at the plate.
In Tuesday night’s District 5-4A contest against visiting Carencro, STM managed five hits, with only one of those an extra-base hit. That minimal production proved to be more than enough, though, as STM picked up a hard-fought 1-0 victory under the lights at Brother Ephrom Hebert Field.
For longtime coach Gary Perkins, he couldn’t have been happier with the way his Cougars won the game.
“I think I am the most proud of how we won the game tonight,” Perkins said. “We won with quality defense and pitching that challenged their hitters. Even though we didn’t get clutch hits and guys didn’t going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, they still didn’t fold up their tents.”
Carencro starting pitcher Brian Sibley gave up two singles in the first two innings, but STM (12-13, 6-2) broke through in the third.
Max Menard led off with a standup double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brayden Morrow. After a walk by Mason Templet put runners on the corners, Menard scored on an error by shortstop Gabe Duffy, who bobbled a possible double-play ball.
“The one run they scored we could have prevented if we turned the double play,” Carencro coach Brannon Cobb said. “We just didn’t do it, and obviously, we didn’t get the timely hits we needed tonight.”
Carencro (12-11, 5-2) only had one hit, a double by designated hitter Phillip Derouen in the third, as STM pitchers Mason Tucker and Mason Pesson combined for seven scoreless innings and allowed five base runners, with three coming on walks and one on an error.
Tucker was pitching for the first time in nearly a month as he was recovering from a groin injury. Tucker was pulled after the third inning after hitting his 40-pitch count. Pesson earned the victory in relief.
“We have been spoon-feeding him on the mound, and we believe that he can get us some quality innings moving forward,” Perkins about Pesson.
As STM gears up for its televised showdown with archrival Teurlings Catholic on Thursday, Carencro will look to get back to its winning ways with two district games in the next four days. The Bears, who had won five of their past six games, including a 7-3 win over STM, will face Northside on Thursday and then Teurlings on Saturday.
“We got to turn around and get ready to play Northside and then Teurlings,” Cobb said. “We feel like we control our own destiny and can improve our playoff seeding.”