ST. AMANT — A barrage of early hits and runs propelled St. Amant to its win over Catholic High earlier in the week, but it was a different story Thursday evening at Gator Park.
With the help of 11 walks and two hit batters by St. Amant pitching, it was Catholic that took the early lead as it went on to post a 10-6 District 5-5A win.
“It was kind of the opposite of what we did the other night,” St. Amant coach Troy Templet said. “We started out hot (on offense) the other night. Tonight we lost control on the mound, and (Catholic) took advantage of it.”
On Tuesday, St. Amant (12-10, 1-1) scored seven runs in its first two at-bats en route to a 12-5 win at Catholic. Thursday, instead of a barrage of hits, St. Amant offered up a platter of walks.
Catholic (22-3, 1-1) scored four runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and five in the fifth. It was plenty of operating room for Bears ace Ross Massey (6-0), who left with a 10-3 lead after five complete innings.
St. Amant rallied with five hits and three runs in its final two at-bats, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
“Ross gives us a chance to win every time out, and our hitters got some runs on the board early,” CHS coach Brad Bass said. “St. Amant is a good team that fights all the way to the end, like we saw tonight. It’s a credit to our team for going out and playing hard all seven innings.”
Blayne Enlow (1-4) was the first of five St. Amant pitchers, and lasted 2.2 innings. Enlow gave up four runs, but only one was earned. St. Amant committed four errors leading to seven unearned runs for Catholic.
St. Amant got things started with an unearned run in the second. Tyler Dixon reached on an infield error to start the inning. He later scored on Adam Sevario’s two-out single.
Catholic took the lead for good with four runs in the third. The Bears used three hits, two walks, two hit batters and an error to push their runs across.
In the CHS fourth, Josh Smith turned a lead off walk into a run after stealing second and third.
In the fifth, Catholic tacked on five funs on four hits, a walk and an error. Simon Prevost’s two-run homer over the left field wall was the big hit.
“Too many walks, too many hit by pitches, too many errors, and we just gave up too many runs,” St. Amant coach Troy Templet said. “It was 5-2 in the fourth inning after six or seven walks.
“We gave them too many free bases. You can’t do that to a good team like they are.”
St. Amant got to Catholic relievers Nick Deranger and Will Hopkins for three runs in the late innings.
In the sixth, the Gators got four hits off of Deranger but managed only one run. Ivan Prejean led off with a single, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on Brock Gonzales’ single.
With two out, Briggs Bourgeois delivered an RBI single for the innings’ only run.
Deranger walked two batters and hit another in the seventh before being lifted for Hopkins. Hopkins gave up a two-run double to Prejean, but got Gonzales to line out to second to end the game.
“The way our district is set up, its almost like this was a playoff game,” Bass said. “No matter what happened in the first game you have to come back. I’m real proud of the way this team bounced back.”