LAFAYETTE — The outcome of St. Thomas More’s 12-0 win over Breaux Bridge on Wednesday wasn’t in doubt for long.
The important thing for STM coach Gary Perkins was to get pitcher Hogan Harris’ pitch count up. The Louisiana-Lafayette commitment pitched a gem, throwing five shutout innings and striking out seven.
Despite Harris’ stellar outing, Perkins still said he’d prefer Harris throw more strikes.
“I’d like to see a better strike to ball ratio,” Perkins said. “I thought he threw too many balls, but his velocity was better than his last outing. He had the game under control, but we wanted to get his pitch count up. Next time he goes out, he’ll be back to his old self.”
Breaux Bridge coach Kyle Cormier said against a pitcher like Harris, you have to take advantage of opportunities when you get them. Harris allowed base runners in the third and fourth innings, but the Tigers couldn’t turn those into runs.
“He walked a few early, but we couldn’t do anything with it,” Cormier said. “Against a good hitting team, you have to take every advantage you’re given. We didn’t do that (Wednesday night). (Harris) was getting us with his fastball. He may have thrown a breaking ball or two, but he didn’t need to against our guys. When you see all those guns pop up behind home plate, guys are here to watch him and obviously he is a good player.”
STM had 11 hits, led by Brennan Breaux, who was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Brandon Romero, who was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Perkins said those veteran guys are the foundation of the Cougars offense.
“They do a good job of being aggressive, and we have some guys in the lineup that can swing the bat,” Perkins said. “It’s never the same ones either.”
Cormier said he was upset with his team’s effort in the seventh inning, when STM scored five runs aided mostly by Breaux Bridge miscues. Two runs scored when catcher Tyler Thibodeaux’s throw back to the pitcher sailed over his head.
“If you’re going to get beat, you don’t want it to be sloppy,” Cormier said. “We got sloppy in the last inning and the game got out of hand. That was very disappointing to see, and that is something that upsets me. Before you know it, it starts to snowball on you, and there’s not much you can do.”
With the win, STM remained undefeated in district. Perkins said Wednesday’s game was important because it’s the first action STM has seen in a while.
“We’ve sitting at the house watching it rain,” Perkins said. “We haven’t seen the baseball field at all. We hit in the cage a bit, but it’s not like a team practice. We didn’t even know what we would look like tonight. We started sluggish, but as the game progressed, you could see we got more confident.”