LAFAYETTE — Lafayette High evened up their best-of-three series with Acadiana by defeating the Rams 7-2 Saturday night at Louisiana-Lafatette’s M.L. Tigue Moore Field.
First pitch was originally scheduled for noon, but heavy rains in the Lafayette area forced a delay and relocation to a new venue.
The decisive third game is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. Sunday at Moore Field.
The Mighty Lions started the scoring in the top of the first inning, using infield singles by Miguel Reyes and Seth Doiga to take a 2-0 lead. Acadiana threatened in the bottom of the first but stranded a pair of baserunners, a theme that continued for much of the night.
Lafayette starter Miguel Reyes gave Acadiana hitters fits for much of the evening. Reyes struck out 10 batters while scattering eight hits. Acadiana’s two runs didn’t come until the seventh inning when Hunter Tabb doubled to right center field.
Lions coach Sam Taulli said the early lead gave Reyes some extra confidence.
“He relaxed when we jumped on them for a couple of runs in the first. I think he felt confident after that. They put together a couple of hits in the first, but we got out of it, which was huge.”
Reyes also contributed offensively for Lafayette, picking up three base hits including a triple and three RBIs.
The Rams threatened in the second inning, loading the bases. But Reyes struck out Luis Flores, tight roping out of danger and keeping the Rams off the score board.
Lafayette used three hits in the third inning to extend its lead to 4-0.
Tyler Miller led off with a single and scored when Emile Lege roped a triple to center field. After a Hudson Labore groundout, Reyes picked up his second RBI when he singled in Lege. Lafayette appeared to be in position to add more but a caught stealing and groundout put an end to the inning.
Both teams traded scoreless fourth innings, but in the fifth Lafayette put up its third crooked number of the evening.
Tyler Miller again led off the inning by singling, Lege followed with a single, giving Lafayette runners at first and second with none out. Hudson Laborde then laid down a bunt single, but an errant throw allowed Miller to score, Lege then tried to follow Miller home but was thrown out at the plate by Acadiana right fielder Alex Courtier.
Then with one out, Reyes tripled to score Labore. Seth Doiga’s RBI groundout concluded the scoring for the inning.
Lafayette pounded out 12 base hits, including three triples.
Acadiana coach Matt McCullough was disappointed but also credited Reyes.
“He was good today,” McCullough said. “He might have been the one of the best arms we’ve seen all year. He was down in the zone and threw his breaking pitch for strikes.”
McCullough said the focus is now on Game 3.
“It’s one game for the next round,” he said. “Our guys are ready to go, and we’re going to compete.”