The Black all-stars took advantage of six errors and won the Red Stick Collegiate Baseball League all-star game 5-4 on Saturday nihght at Pete Goldsby Field.
The Red all-stars saved their best for last but had a ninth-inning rally come up short. Trailing 5-1 in the ninth, the Red team loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a fielding error. Davis Dunn’s sacrifice fly scored one run before Matt Derobertis lined a two-run double down the right-field line.
Right fielder Justin Acevado threw out Derobertis as he tried to take third for the final out.
“The game was a lot of fun. The kids took a great approach to the game,” Black coach John Bolton said.
The game served as a warm-up for league playoffs, which begin Monday and last through Thursday. First-place Ronnies Boudin plays fourth-place Double Play on Monday. Eye On The Ball and Wi Sportswear play Tuesday. The third-place game is Wednesday, and the championship is Thursday.
“Its exciting to see all the talent around the league play in an event like this,” Red coach Chris Geronimo said. “I think the league has improved in the last eight years, and the guys are out here having fun.”
Infielder Chris White of LSU-Alexandria was the league’s MVP. Nicholls State outfielder Ross McWhorter was offensive MVP, and the outstanding pitcher was BRCC’s Landyn Ragan.
The all-star game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when the Black squad took a 3-0 lead.
Cody Daigle’s one-out single moved Mark Traylor to third. Traylor scored on a passed ball, and consecutive throwing errors by Red shortstop Trevor Curry allowed Daigle and Reed Taylor to score.
In the top of the fifth, Curry doubled and scored when Black second baseman Josh Jefferson booted Brian Mills’ grounder.
The Black team extended its lead to 5-1 in its half of the fifth. Brandt Broussard reached third when center fielder Mackay Mouton couldn’t handle a drive deep to left-center.
Broussard scored on Ross McWhorter’s single to left. After taking second on a ground out, McWhorter scored on another error.
The Red team finished with six errors, four by Curry. The teams combined to use nine pitchers. Eric Gutierrez of LSU-Alexandria threw the fourth and fifth innings to earn the win.