A two-out, two-run double by Mason Templet in the fifth inning propelled the St. Thomas More baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Beau Chene on Tuesday.
St. Thomas More freshman Drew McDaniel picked up his first win as a Cougar. He gave up just one run in five innings, scattering three hits while striking out three.
Beau Chene starter Justin Devillier was just as impressive: He struck out seven in six innings. He also led the Gators at the plate, collecting two of their three hits.
The Gators’ lone run came in the top of the fifth when Caleb Williams singled home Devillier. Devillier reached base when he doubled to center and then moved to third on Matt Prejean’s sacrifice bunt.
In a game where both teams struggled to score, STM (8-10) immediately answered the Gators’ run.
Stephen Moody got the rally started when he knocked a one-out single to center. Moody moved into scoring position by stealing second. Following a strikeout, Brayden Morrow walked, giving STM two on with two out.
That two-out walk brought Templet to the plate. Templet capitalized by driving a 3-1 pitch into the alley in left-center, bringing home both runners.
With his team in front, STM coach Gary Perkins sent his freshman back out for his sixth inning. McDaniel proceeded to hit leadoff man Morgan James. Following James, Connor Roban reached on an error, and suddenly the Gators (9-6) had two on and nobody out, forcing Perkins to go to his bullpen.
Lefty Ethan Hines came on with the game in the balance. Hines struck out Caine Cormier for the first out but walked Caleb Thibodeaux to load the bases. With no place to put anyone, Hines struck out the next two Beau Chene batters, allowing the Cougars to work out of the jam.
Hines completed the save when Taylor Plum lined into a game-ending double play in the seventh.
Perkins raved about the pitching performance of his young freshman.
“He did an outstanding job, battling for five strong innings,” he said of McDaniel.
Perkins then touched on his closer, Hines.
“He’s one of our top arms, so we knew if we could ever get the lead, we would bring him in to close,” he said. “He just battled and got the three strikeouts that lifted the team.”
STM travels to Carencro on Thursday.
Beau Chene will host Teurlings on Thursday.