Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood eliminated John Curtis-based River Ridge Patriots 7-5 in a tight game that included two ties Monday in the American Legion southeast region baseball tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Deanie’s Seafood (11-8) will play the loser of Monday’s late game between Hahnville-based Otto Candies and Brother Martin-based Peake BMW on Tuesday.
“We didn’t think we played well (Sunday),” Deanie’s coach Nick Monica said. “We didn’t play hard enough. We just wanted to extend our season another day (Monday), and by winning, you get to play at least one more ballgame.”
It came down to the ninth inning. With the score tied at 5-5, Jeremy Gaudet singled in Tyler Neece. Later in the inning, Luke Lacoste hit an RBI single that brought in Chase Fourcade for the final run.
In the second, River Ridge (9-8) loaded the bases when Deanie’s pitcher Scott Wetzel walked Kody Schexnayder. But Wetzel worked his way out of the jam.
Deanie’s got two runs in the second. Lacoste scored on Wetzel’s single, and Kyle Costanza scored on Darren Willis’ sacrifice fly to center field, escaping the tag of catcher Kyle Burns for a 2-0 lead.
River Ridge looked like it was going to score when Hunter Dale came home on Arvin Huff’s single in the third, but Dale was tagged out at the plate by Fourcade for the third out.
Deanie’s scored again in the fourth when Quinn Dantagnan walked with the bases loaded, bringing in Fourcade.
The Patriots scored in the fourth when Nicholas Wilson came home on a triple by Daniel Cabrera to cut the lead to 4-1.
Dale led off with a triple in the fifth and came home on Huff’s single to cut the lead to 4-2. The Patriots cut the lead in the sixth to 4-3 when Cabrera scored on a flyout to left by Dale. A balk by Wetzel brought in Mason Matherne to tie the game.
Deanie’s took the lead again at 5-4 when a triple by Fourcade brought in Neece in the seventh.
While River Ridge’s season ended, coach Johnny Curtis said he was pleased with his team’s season.
“I just thought we battled hard,” he said. “We’re down 4-0 and made a couple of errors early in the game, which cost us runs. I thought there were a couple of really close calls that kind of went against us, but we didn’t let that get to us.
“I’m proud of our guys. I thought we fought through the season. I thought we had some ups and downs with a very, very young team. We’re a four-senior team who are all coming back.”