Despite racking up eight hits, the Covenant Christian-based Southland Hogs couldn’t get an RBI hit Saturday, but it didn’t matter in the end.
Southland took advantage of six errors by Brother Martin-based Peake BMW to cruise to a 6-3 win in the first round of the American Legion Southeast regional tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
The Hogs advance to play Hahnville-based Otto Candies at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in the second round.
“I’m just glad we survived because we didn’t necessarily get the big hits we wanted,” Southland coach Joe Teuton said. “We were able to jump on them early, and every time they threw a punch, we were able to answer. That was really big for our guys.”
The Hogs jumped on Peake BMW pitcher Lance Malter with some early hits and three first-inning errors allowed the Covenant Christian-based team to grab an early lead.
After a leadoff double by Josh Hebert and a bunt single by Xane Washington, back-to-back errors by Peake BMW allowed Hebert and Washington to score. Later in the inning, Blake Freeman scored on Peake BMW’s third error of the inning that gave the Hogs a 3-0 lead.
After Gage Verion led off the fourth inning with a double, Peake BMW’s fourth error gave Southland a 4-1 lead. The Hogs’ only run of the game that didn’t come as a result of a Peake BMW error was on a fielder’s choice by Logan Arceneaux in the fifth inning that make the score 5-1.
“Jumping out early the way we did, our guys were able to relax and just play their game, which was really important for us,” Teuton said. “When guys don’t feel that pressure to make every play, it makes the game so much easier for everybody on the field.”
Mostly because of its five errors in the first five innings, Peake BMW fell behind 5-1, but it began to get things going offensively late and fought its way back into the game.
Dominic Robert had a RBI fielder’s choice in the sixth inning, and Joel Bergeron followed that with an RBI double in the seventh that cut the Southland lead to 5-3, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
After losing 11 seniors from last year’s team, Peake BMW coach Mark Wisniewski said his team is still going through some growing pains after introducing so many new faces to the lineup, and it will be some time before the team hits its stride.
“With so many new guys in the lineup, the main thing we’ve talked about is just coming out and competing,” Wisniewski said.
“When you make the mistakes we made today, you can’t beat anybody. That kind of stuff we’ll have to learn from, but our guys have a long way to go.”
Peake BMW will play Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood in the losers bracket at 9 a.m. Sunday.