The Acadiana Wrecking Rams fell back in the District 3-5A race late Wednesday evening.
Acadiana started off the first half of district play by going 6-1, with the lone loss being a 3-1 setback to Sulphur on March 23 and was tied for first place in the standings. After defeating Carencro 6-3 to open the second half of 3-5A play, Acadiana fell to Sulphur 1-0 this past Saturday. That defeat placed the team a game behind Sulphur and Lafayette in the standings.
Acadiana now founds itself two games back for the race for the district championship after Wednesday night’s 8-7 nine-inning loss to Sam Houston at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.
The Rams defeated the Broncos 2-0 in their first meeting March 27.
Both teams displayed offensive firepower in the third inning.
Holding a 1-0 lead, Sam Houston (21-9, 6-4) posted five runs in the third.
Dustin Duhon led off with his second single and was joined on the bases by Jake Cochran who also singled. Both Broncos advanced after a balk was called on Acadiana pitcher Tanner Broussard.
A walk loaded the bases, and Duhon scored on another balk by Broussard.
Peyton Johnson cleared the bases with a triple and then scored on a double by Corbin Eldridge. Sam Houston wrapped up the inning by batting through the order as Luke Moreau drove in Eldridge but was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.
Trailing 6-0, Acadiana (16-10, 7-3 in District 3-5A) lit up the scoreboard as well in the third.
Acadiana’s Tyler Laporte led off by being hit by a pitch, and Jacob Landry followed with a single. After Alex Courtier struck out, Brandon Duhon’s ensuing single loaded the bases.
A sacrifice fly by Ethan Bellman scored Laporte. John Joslin then singled to score Landry. Hill Babineaux knocked in Duhon with another single. Joslin and Babineaux advanced to second and third on a pass ball and scored two batters later on a two-out single by Broussard to make it 6-5.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Sam Houston picked up a run in the fifth inning to go up 7-5. Dugas laced a two-out double and scored on a double by Chris Haggard. That insurance run proved to be key for the Broncos as the Rams tied the game two innings later.
In the seventh inning with two outs, Derek Boutin walked to load the bases. Broussard then hit a soft dribbler to Sam Houston shortstop Moreau. The Broncos infielder booted the ball, allowing two runners to score and tied it a 7.
Acadiana had an opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the eighth.
With one out, Courtier laced a single to center field, and Duhon followed with a single midway down the third-base line. Next up was Bellman but he hit into an inning-ending double play.
Sam Houston took advantage and managed to scratch a run across in the ninth inning.
Acadiana’s Duhon, who replaced Broussard after the sixth inning, got two quick outs but then surrendered his first hit. Jacob Strachner launched a shot that bounced off the wall in left-center field, and he easily reached third base. Up next was Dugas who was intentionally walked, and then Johnson hit an RBI single.
That proved to be enough as Acadiana went three up and three down in the bottom of the ninth.
Duhon earned the loss after giving up one run on two hits in three innings of work. Broussard earned the no-decision after giving up seven runs on 12 hits in six innings.
Acadiana travels to Comeaux for a 4 p.m. Thursday game and then hosts Lafayette at 1 p.m. Saturday.