The Dunham School and Brusly put up more numbers than the Louisiana Lottery at Dunham’s Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Thirty-three runs, 30 hits, one seven-run inning, and two six-run innings. It took an extra inning to decide the outcome, but when the hit parade was over, Dunham prevailed 17-16.
After a day of long balls, the winning run scored on a high chopper to shortstop by Dunham shortstop Alec Duhe which he probably would have beat out, but that became academic when the throw sailed high and away, allowing Miles Maheu to come home with the winning run.
Maheu’s trip around the bases was dramatic as he was hit by a pitch from Evan Daigle, sacrificed to second by Reid May, waved to third when Daigle was called for a balk by moving his fingers to his mouth, and knocked in after Duhe got the call on a high curve that would have been strike three.
Austin Reich tied the score at 16 for Brusly (16-5) with a dramatic two-out home run off winning pitcher Nick Brooks in the top of the seventh, and Daigle set the Tigers down in order in the bottom half of the inning to send the game into extra innings.
Longtime Dunham coach Joey Thibodeaux said he has seen a few 17-16 games in football, but not in baseball.
“You know what, this was just a game where our kids competed and their kids competed for seven innings,” Thibodeaux said. “We had the last at-bat and took advantage of that. I haven’t seen (offense like this) all year, and it came at the right time against a great team like Brusly. It’s just a great win for our program.”
Although he took the loss, Daigle finished strong on the mound and had a monster day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, two walks, four runs scored and three runs batted in.
The home run, a three-run blast with Jake Dunn and Connor Manola on base, came in the first inning when the Panthers banged out five hits to go with two Dunham errors and a hit batsman to open a 6-0 lead.
“We have a three-hit curse because it’s hard to get three, but I guess I got lucky and got four today,” Daigle said. “This is the best baseball, when it comes down to extra innings like that. Even though we didn’t pull it out in the end, it was a great game.”
Dunham (10-9) put a big dent in the Brusly lead in the bottom of the first with Chase Day and Brooks hitting back-to-back doubles to drive in the first three and Brooks coming home on an error to pull the Tigers within two at 6-4.
Chase Day added a triple and another RBI double to complete his slugging for the day.
“The ball looked really huge today,” he said. “The pitchers were throwing it up there and we were hitting the ball really well.”
Day had a couple of errors at third base but said he didn’t let that bother him.
“I had to shake it off and get in there in the box and get ready to hit the ball,” he said.
On the mound, Brooks was the beneficiary of the Tigers’ hot bats.
“It feels good to have that offense. It boosts your confidence,” he said. “Coach said it depended on how I felt if I would stay in. I told him I felt good and wanted to finish the game.”
Brusly batted around in the first and fifth innings, scoring another six runs in the fifth.
Dunham scored seven when they batted around in the fourth, the big hit coming on Caleb Day’s two-RBI double.
“Both teams hit the ball well, and we both played bad defense at times,” Brusly coach Tait Dupont said. “We gave them 12 free base runners (on walks, hit batsmen and errors) in a 1-run ball game. They put one more guy across than we did, and that was the difference.”