Gauthier & Amedee right-hander Brennan Grant threw a complete-game, giving up one run on four hits and striking out 13 while walking only two.
It still wasn’t enough to keep his squad alive.
The Ascension-based program was eliminated from the American Legion State tournament after losing to Acadiana-based Delhomme 1-0 Tuesday afternoon at Kirsch-Rooney in New Orleans.
Delhomme’s lone run came in the top of the second inning. With one out, Hill Babineaux singled. Back-to-back walks to Tyler Laporte and Richard Hebert loaded the bases. Babineaux score when on a balk by Grant.
Grant was outdueled by Delhomme left-hander Derek Boutin. Boutin picked up the complete-game shutout win, allowing only four hits, striking out 17 and walking only one.
“This was a tough loss to swallow,” Grant said. “Especially when the one run is coming off a balk. I thought other than that (Boutin) was one walk better than me, and that was it. Hats off to him. He did an amazing job and was easily the best pitcher we faced all year long.”
With the win, the Drillers advance to take on the winner of Tuesday’s late game between Retif Oil and River Ridge Wednesday at 4:30 P.m..
“I was trying to survive on that one run,” Boutin said. “I have to give credit to my teammates to make the plays to help us win the game. I couldn’t have done it without them. With the exception of a couple of changeups, I really feel like I was commanding the zone throughout the game. My slider was working really well.
“As a starting pitcher you can’t just rely on the fastball. I was really commanding my slider in and off the plate. I feel like that had a lot to do with my success.”
A disappointed Gauthier-Amedee coach Bryan Arceneaux said he couldn’t be prouder of his team’s performance.
“Heck of a job by Brennan Grant today on the hill for us,” he said. “You know when you put that kid on the mound he is going to give you that kind of effort every single day.
“Hats off to Boutin as well. It was a good ballgame. We just couldn’t get the timely hits; the little things to get a victory. That is the game of baseball.
“We hold our heads up high. We gave it a great run. This was a great group of kids, and I love every single one of them. We just battled and came up short. That’s just baseball.
“You just look back, and it comes to the small little things that most people don’t see in the ballgame. Just the small details. Baseball is a fun game and sometimes you end up on the losing side of things. Just not our night tonight.”