Jesuit-based Retif Oil advanced in the winners bracket of the American Legion State Championship tournament after a 4-2 win over Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood on Sunday night.
Retif Oil advances to take on Shaw-based Refuel in a winners bracket game Monday night at 7:30. Deanie’s Seafood will take on Gulf Coast in an elimination game 35 minutes after an elimination game between Otto Candies and Peake BMW, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Monday.
Brandon Briuglio’s RBI single in the top of the first inning gave Retif a quick 1-0 lead. Retif added an unearned run in the second inning to extend the lead to 2-0. Matthew Cedro reached on a sacrifice bunt, which scored Benjamin Hess in the fifth inning to make it 3-0 Retif.
Held hitless through the first three innings, Tyler Neece of Deanie’s singled in the fourth break up the no-hitter.
Deanie’s pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth inning to cut the Retif lead to 3-2. Kyle Costanza led off with a walk, and with one out, Chase Fourcade singled. With two outs, Ashanti Wheatley lined a double into left field, scoring Costanza and Fourcade to make it 3-2.
Retief added a late unearned insurance run to increase the lead to 4-2.
Expecting a close game, Retif coach Joey Latino said he got exactly what he thought was going to happen Sunday night.
“The last couple of times we have played this team (Deanie’s), this has been the kind of game that emerged, and I didn’t expect anything less tonight,” he said. “They are a very good team that is well coached and play well. We were able to take advantage of some of their mistakes to get a big run late.
“We left 16 runners on base tonight, which was an astronomical number. We have to do a better job getting runners home. When other teams make mistakes, you are supposed to capitalize, and fortunately for us, that was the difference in the game.”
Logan Hornung picked up the win for Retief in relief, giving up two runs on three hits in 3.1 innings. He struck out one and walked two.
Glynn Hyer picked up the save after working out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the final inning.
“I wasn’t actually expecting to have to go into the game,” he said. “Coach Latino just came and put me in the game. I was just worried about the batter I had in front of me — one batter at a time. I wasn’t looking ahead at all.
“You can’t panic in those situations. You just have to remain calm and do what you are supposed to do and what your teammates are counting on you to do. Throw strikes and get guys out.”
Darren Willis took the loss for Deanie’s, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits in four-plus innings. He struck out six and walked five.
In state tournament action on Sunday, Hahnville-based Otto Candies eliminated St. Landry 13-5 and North Vermilion-based Gulf Coast eliminated Crowley 4-3.
After rainy weather forced the first two days to be moved to Jesuit’s John Ryan Stadium, Monday’s action is scheduled to return to Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans.