The Acadiana Wrecking Rams started the District 3-5A schedule winning six of seven games and being tied for first place with Lafayette and Sulphur. With Thursday’s 6-3 home victory over Carencro, Acadiana continued that momentum into the second half of district play.
“We said after the Barbe game that we had a good first round of district play by going 6-1,” Acadiana coach Jay Hodges said. “We got off to the right start for the second round here today.”
Acadiana (16-8, 7-1 in District 3-5A) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third after Devin Boutin led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, reached third and scored on pass balls.
For a long stretch, it appeared a single run was all the Rams needed for the victory as John Joslin was dominant on the mound. Through the first five innings, Joshlin struck out four batters, retired seven batters in a row and had a no-hitter. The lone blemish was the two batters he hit in the first inning and error in the fourth inning that allowed a base runner.
“We gave him a little extended rest since his last start,” Hodges said. “He had more velocity on the ball (Thursday). He did a fantastic job.”
“We saw him last year and he was a good as we have seen him,” Carencro coach Brannon Cobb said. “He was living down in the zone and hitting his spots.”
Carencro starting pitcher Derek Living pitched well early. In the first four innings, he gave up only two hits and one run but things went off the rails in the fifth as Acadiana batted through the lineup and scored five runs, all off single.
Boutin and Alex Courtier started off with back-to-back singles, and Boutin scored on a single up the middle by Brandon Duhon. Two batters later, Joshlin drove home Courtier with another single and was followed with yet another RBI-single, this one by Hill Babineaux that scored Duhon.
After Tanner Broussard walked to load the bases, Tyler Laporte drove in a run with a single and Jacob Landry with a RBI- single.
“The guys got some timely hits,” Hodges said. “We put up five runs in that inning, and that proved to be big for us because of what they did the next inning.”
Carencro (9-15, 2-6 in District 3-5A) sprang to life at the plate in the top of the sixth.
Gabe Duffy and Koe Westbrook, drew walks and then Nik Faul broke up Joshlin’s no-hitter with a single up the middle. Jacob Norman drove home Duffy and Westbrook with a double, and Faul scored on a groundout by Bodie Stelly.
“It was our third time through the lineup,” Cobb said. “We were able to scratch a few runs across. The problem was that we were still down by three runs.”
Joshlin ended the rally and sealed the win by retiring the next five batters. The Rams pitcher picked up the win after giving up three runs on two hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. Living took the loss after surrendering six runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings.
Acadiana returns to action Friday at Class 4A Beau Chene and then returns to district play Saturday at Sulphur. Carencro returns to action Saturday at home against Sam Houston and looks to make a playoff push in the season’s final few weeks. The Bears are currently ranked No. 37 in the latest power rankings.
“We are playing pretty good baseball, and for six of the seven innings, (Thursday) we played good baseball,” Cobb said. “If we can get a couple wins, we could get something going. I feel like were still playing for something.”