Rummel-based Deanie’s and Hahnville-based Otto Candies had to wait two days to complete their second-round game, and it almost turned into three.
But after two rain postponements and a 45-minute delay because of lightning in the area, Deanie’s held on to a 5-2 victory over Otto Candies at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on Friday afternoon.
With the win, Deanie’s advances to face the Townsend Homes-Peake BMW winner in the American Legion Southeast Louisiana Regional tournament. Otto Candies will play LLOG Exploration in the losers bracket.
“I think the rain delay yesterday kind of helped us,” Deanie’s coach Nick Monica said. “We played an 11 o’clock game earlier that day and had to travel here (from Mandeville), so it kind of gave us a little bit of rest heading into today.
“But the story of the day for us was (pitcher) Lyall Ball. He comes in for us and only allows one run and was a big reason we won this game.”
With Zach Cook pitching the first 1.2 innings Thursday before rain forced the game to be postponed, Deanie’s turned to Ball, and he delivered a dominant performance.
The junior threw seven innings before being pulled in the ninth inning, while only allowing one hit and one run. He also added seven strikeouts and five walks.
Once Ball was removed, Otto Candies gained some offensive momentum — which included a bases-loaded walk that cut into the lead — but Deanie’s Tyler Braud got the final out to secure the win.
“I think the guys did a really good job of playing defense behind me and gave me the support I needed,” Ball said. “It started to get a little rough for me at the end, but our guys did what we had to do to pull it off.”
Otto Candies scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 1-0. Lacoste opened the fifth with a single to give Deanie’s a chance to answer the Otto Candies score, but lightning in the area forced the two teams to retreat to their dugouts for 45 minutes.
Despite the delay, the Deanie’s bats picked up right where Lacoste left off before the delay, with Charlie Beck smacking a double and Hunter Leblanc following up with a walk. Two batters later, outfielder Trent Tully hit a two-run single that put Deanie’s ahead 2-1.
“Before the tournament we talked about preparing for rain delays and all that, so we knew we just needed to come in and be ready to play,” Monica said. “I think we did a good job of consistently getting guys on base after the fifth inning, and once we did that, we were able to knock a few runs in.”
Deanie’s added additional runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to cushion its lead, including a seventh-inning RBI single from second baseman Kevin Meehan that stretched the Rummel-based squad’s lead to 4-1.
The senior led all Deanie’s hitters, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
“I was seeing the ball really well today, and I’ve been starting to hit it a lot better as of late,” said Meehan, who hit a double on Thursday before collecting three more hits on Friday.