Otto Candies remained undefeated in the American Legion southeast region tournament after defeating Brother Martin-based Peake BMW 6-4 on Monday night at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Hahnville-based Otto Candies will play Archbishop Shaw-based Refuel at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Peake BMW will take on Archbishop Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood at approximately 7 p.m.
With the score tied at 4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Otto Candies pushed across a pair of unearned runs. Todd Porche reached on an error to lead off the inning, then advanced to second base on Dylan Keller’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Chase Bagot reached on the second error of the inning before Porche and Bagot scored on Mark Abate’s two-run triple to make it 6-4.
Abate finished 3-for-4.
“We knew we were going up against a team that was not going to quit one bit,” Otto Candies coach David Baudry said. “(Peake BMW) have had a great year and are coming off of a great prep year as well at Brother Martin. We were fortunate to get the two runners on in the eighth inning and take advantage of some mistakes.
“Mark (Abate) had a great game for us at the plate. He had to step up in some big-time situations and did that for us. That was huge especially after almost throwing nine innings for us (Sunday) night on the mound.”
Pushing across a single run in the first, Otto Candies (16-5-1) took the lead in the third. With one out, Tyler Lamers singled. After Garret Smith walked, Keller’s two-out single scored Lamers to make it 2-1.
Otto Candies added two more runs in the sixth. Peyton Robert drew a one out walk, and Bagot singled. Abate’s single scored Robert, and Bagot scored after the ball got past Peake BMW center fielder Blair Frederick to make it 4-1.
Peake BMW (16-4-1) pushed across a single run in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Raphael Deroche, scoring Michael Kirsch.
Peake BMW tied the score at 4 in the seventh. Deroche led off with a single. With one out, Jarett Gongora walked. Parker Oubre cleared the bases with a two-run triple, making it 4-3 and knocking Otto Candies pitcher Logan Billingsley out of the game. Oubre scored on a balk by relief pitcher Trent Bergeron to tie it.
Waylon Leblanc was the winning pitcher for Otto Candies, throwing two innings of scoreless relief and allowing only a single hit while striking out two. Oubre took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) in three innings.