Brother Martin-based Peake BMW rode a 10-run first inning to a 17-3 win over Vermillion Parish-based Gulf Coast 29ers on Saturday in the third game of the Louisiana American Legion state tournament at John Ryan Stadium.
Peake (18-5-1) will play Shaw-based Refuel at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and Gulf Coast will play Crowley at 9 a.m.
“It’s a common foe that we know,” Peake coach Mark Wisniewski said. “We’ve played multiple times this year. They’re a good ballclub. We’re going to have to come out and play baseball and beat them.”
Saturday and Sunday’s games were played at John Ryan because of field conditions at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. The rest of the five-day tournament will be at Delgado Community College.
“Yeah, it’s shocking to come out and have 17 hits, but we came out and swung it very aggressive, and it paid off for us,” Wisniewski said. “The biggest thing is we keep trying to tell them it’s 0-0 and play it like that’s the way the score is, work on things that they need to work on.”
Gulf Coast scored early for a 1-0 lead when Seth Patin came home after Peake BMW tried to pick off a stolen-base attempt in the first.
Peake BMW batted around and scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first on eight hits and forced the Vermillion Parish-based squad to switch pitchers. Starter Jace Harrington allowed six runs before he was moved in favor of center fielder Patin.
Peake BMW loaded the bases after Harrington hit Peake’s Owen Magee with one out. Blair Frederick then had an RBI single that brought home Michael Kirsch to tie the game at 1-1. Raphael Deroche hit a single that brought in Jarrett Gongora, Jonathan Parker was hit by a pitch, bringing home Magee for a 3-1 lead.
The Brother Martin-based team got two more runs in the second to lead 12-2.
Gulf Coast showed signs of life when Harrington got the team’s second hit in the third, moving Drake Brousarrd, who was hit by a pitch, to third base. Gulf Coast then loaded the bases but was unable to get anyone home.
“I just try to stay focused and just think of the things my coaches taught me, staying outside of the baseball, trying to take the ball the other way, trying to get the game over as soon as possible and trying to make minimal errors,” Peake left fielder Kyler Johnston said.
RETIF OIL 7, OTTO CANDIES 3: Retif Oil (16-9) scored four runs in the first two innings and held off a rally by Otto Candies (17-7-1) in the sixth.
Otto Candies’ Mark Abate reached on a single with one out and later stole second. Pinch hitter Peyton Robert then hit an RBI single that brought in Todd Porche. Abate later scored on Bradley Aucoin’s sacriafice fly to right, and Robert scored on a wild pitch to cut the score to 4-3.
But Retif scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain its cushion. Harrison Daste scored on an error by the shortstop. Then Alex Galy scored on Dan Edmund’s double. Dan Edmund scored on a single by Trent Forshag.
Jesuit-based Retif Oil will play Deanie’s Seafood 35 minutes after the 3:30 p.m. game Sunday. Otto Candies will play the St. Landry Bank Indians 35 minutes after the 9 a.m. game.