DENHAM SPRINGS — Under ordinary circumstances, when a pitching staff has a chance to complete a no-hitter there is no shortage of support from the dugout.
Circumstances were unordinary Saturday morning in the second Louisiana High School Coaches Association all-star game at North Park, a contest the West won 7-1 while holding the East squad without a hit.
The East won Friday's first game 5-4.
Byrd left-hander Jonathan Fincher pitched the last three innings Saturday for the West, but had to endure some good-natured ribbing from his teammates. Barbe’s Adam Goree threw the first three innings and Berwick’s Cameron Wiley handled the middle three without allowing a hit.
“They kept talking about (the no-hitter) in the dugout,” said Fincher, a Louisiana Tech signee. “Goree was trying to mess me up, just for fun, because it was an all-star game. When I got on the mound in the ninth, he screamed it at me, ‘Don’t mess it up.’
"I was smiling. I had a good time with it.”
The West provided plenty of run support, scoring seven times on 13 hits. Center fielder Nick Webre of Teurlings Catholic showed off his batting skills, going 4 for 5 with two triples and three RBIs. Webre scored two runs and was named the game’s most valuable player.
“These events are just so fun,” said Webre, an LSU signee. “This one, in particular, you come out with the best guys in the state, play against good competition and just have a little fun. These are guys that we’ve played against during the year, so it's about bragging rights.”
The West took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Loreauville’s Bryson Broussard doubled and scored on Webre’s triple off the left field fence.
Barbe’s Slate Fuller followed with a bouncing RBI single to center.
Broussard led off the third with a single and came around to score on a double-play grounder.
The East picked up its run in the fourth when Wiley walked two batters to start the inning. A groundout moved the runners up a base. Jena’s Parker Fink then drove in the East's only run with a groundout to third base.
The West scored four runs on five hits on its final two at-bats, including triples by Teurlings’ Hayden Cantrelle and Webre.
“They ran out three good arms against us today, and they’re really good defensively,” said East coach Mitch Thomas of West Ouachita. “Even in these types of games, the pressure builds on each at-bat. These guys don’t want to get no-hit, but you have to give (the West team) credit.”
LHSCA All Star Game 2
West 7, East 1
West 201 000 022 7 12 1
East 000 100 000 1 0 3
W — Adam Goree. L — Austin Perrin.
Leaders — WEST: Nick Webre (4-5, 3 RBIs), Slate Fuller (2-3, RBI), Bryson Broussard (2-3, 2B). EAST: Dalton Dopson (RBI), Dawson Huckaby (BB, run).