It might have been delayed but two American Legion games were played Wednesday night at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Two games were scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and with the rain, the start of the second game was pushed back to 9:50 p.m.
Despite the delay, Hahnville-based Otto Candies (17-6-1) won the American Legion Southeast Regional with a 4-2 win over Shaw-based Refuel.
Otto Candies, Peake BMW, Refuel and Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood qualified for the state tournament by finishing in the top four at the regional tournament. Jesuit-based Retif Oil qualified since it is the host. The tournament is July 19-23 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
In the first, Otto Candies’ Tyler Porche singled to move Tyler Lamers to third base. Lamers scored when Dylan Keller hit into a double play.
For Otto Candies coach David Baudry, one of his team’s strengths was starting pitcher Tyler Lamers.
“He gave his all, and that’s the kind of competitor he is and has always been,” he said. “He has a lot of pride in what he does in his team. It’s important to him. I thought we played much harder than yesterday.”
The Hahnville-based squad scored its second run in the third when Chase Bagot hit an RBI single that scored Porche for a 2-0 lead.
Refuel (17-3-1) got its first run in the fourth when Matt Keller’s hit to deep left field scored Jace Nini.
Otto Candies scored again in the fourth when Dylan Keller hit a single that scored Lamers for a 3-1 lead.
In the fifth, Refuel’s Scott Ledet hit an RBI single that scored Kyle Flettrich to cut the lead to 3-2. Refuel had a chance to load the bases and possibly tie the score, however, Nick Carbo hit into a double play to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, Porche led off with a triple and a Bagot walk loaded the bases with one out. Bradley Aucoin reached on a walk and that brought in Porche to give Otto Candies a 4-2 lead.
For Refuel coach Kirk Bulllinger, a close game like Wednesday’s was an achievement.
“I think anytime you get a 4-2 game in Game 14 of a tournament I think it says a lot about the pitching staff of each team. It tells you a lot about the players themselves, the passion they have for the game, just the ability to stay focused for as long as we had to today,” Bullinger said. “From start to finish, it’s a long day. We’ve been out here since 2 o’clock. So we’ve been out here for eight hours.”
Bullinger praised his team for staying focused the whole day with the knowledge they were already in the tournament.
In the first game, Refuel defeated Peake BMW 9-7 as both teams combined for 20 hits.