SCOTT — Acadiana completed a District 3-5A sweep of Lafayette on Wednesday afternoon, beating the Lions 2-1.
Lafayette (21-7, 10-3 in District 3-5A was ranked No. 4 in the LHSAA’s unofficial power rankings before the game and gave up it district lead to Sulphur with the loss.
Lions coach Sam Tauli said the Lions’ mistakes ultimately cost them the win.
“We hit a batter, and we threw a wild pitch when they were trying to bunt and did their job for them,” Tauli said. “In a close ballgame, that is going to come back and bite you and for us it did.”
Acadiana pitcher Derek Boutin shut down the Lions, allowing two hits and striking out seven in the complete game.
Tauli said when Boutin is hitting his spots he becomes a difficult pitcher to hit, and the Lions couldn’t make the adjustments to get their offense going.
“We made a couple of mistakes, and in a game like that when Boutin is on, which he obviously was (Wednesday) he was really hard to pick up, you can’t make simple mistakes,” Tauli said.
The Lions schedule was hijacked by Mother Nature last week, limiting their game time and forcing Tauli to cancel some nondistrict games.
Tauli refused to blame the lack of playing time on his team’s sloppy play, though, giving credit to a clutch Acadiana team.
“It’s just a long grinding season in a tough district, and things just didn’t go our way (Wednesday). We don’t have anybody to blame but ourselves,” Tauli said.
“We weren’t able to get the timely hit, and they did so they beat us today.”
Lafayette got on the board in the top of the fifth, after Hudson Laborde doubled down the left-field line and scored after an error on Rams first baseman Tanner Broussard.
But Acadiana (19-10, 10-3) responded in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by right fielder Jacob Landry that scored Cain Castille from third base.
The Rams pushed across the eventual winning run in the bottom of the sixth, after an RBI single by Josh Joslin scored courtesy runner Bralen Trahan.
The Lions get no respite following the loss, facing Sulphur, the team ranked No. 1 in LHSAA’s power rankings, on Thursday with a district championship on the line.
Tauli said the remaining two games on the schedule are important if the Lions want to secure home playoff games through the first three rounds of the playoffs.
“We want to try and stay where we are (in the power rankings) to get home games in the first three rounds,” Tauli said. “That would be outstanding, so we can’t fall down and let whoever is right there behind us to jump up.”
Tauli said while his team would have to make a quick turnaround, he was confident the Lions would come out with the proper intensity Thursday.
“We play the No. 1 team in the state (Thursday), so if we can’t get cranked up for that you need to check your pulse because you might be dead,” Tauli said.