The Otto Candies took advantage of two late errors by the River Ridge-based Patriots and snagged 5-3 victory at Mike Miley Playround on Wednesday in an American Legion Second District West game.
With the score tied at 3 in the seventh inning, Tyler Lamers drew a leadoff walk and stole second for the Otto Candies (11-4-1). Garrett Smith attempted a bunt, but a Patriot error on the throw allowed to Lamers to score from second, giving the Otto Candies a 4-3 lead and allowing Smith to reach second base.
“I was really seeing the ball well today and put good swings on it,” Lamers said. “Overall, we hit the ball well. We executed as a team. (The Patriots) made a couple of mistakes, and we took advantage of them and that’s what we needed to do at that point to get on top.”
After Smith advanced to third on a pop fly, Patriots reliever Colby Mitchell hit Matt Fontenot with a pitch to put runners on first and third.
Dylan Keller hit into what could have been an inning-ending double play, but another throwing error allowed Smith to score the final run of the game.
“This is kind of the way we’ve been doing it all year,” Otto Candies coach David Baudry said. “We get a few bunts down, and we’ve been running the bases really well. I thought we did a good job at the plate battling hard and getting guys on base and just did enough to win.”
Lamers led the way for the Otto Candies, going 2-for-2 from the plate, driving a run in and throwing the final inning as a relief pitcher, closing out the victory.
Patriots outfielder Mason Matherne doubled to start off the bottom of the seventh, but Lamers struck out the next batter and forced the next two to pop out, ending the game.
The Patriots had a chance to take a lead in the botttom of the fifth inning, but a diving catch by outfielder Chase Bagot at the warning track ended the inning and prevented the Patriots from scoring two runs.
“Defensively we’ve been pretty good all year,” Baudry said. “We used a bunch of different pitchers today, and I think that just shows the depth of our staff. We’ll be ready to go for the playoffs. That was the main thing was to tune everybody up and getting ready to go.”
Matherne went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Patriots.
The Second District West playoffs begin Friday. The Patriots face the Otto Candies at noon and Townsend Homes at 3 p.m. at Hahnville.