SULPHUR — It started out as a pitchers’ duel, but Gauthier & Amedee remained patient and it paid off as the Gonzales-based team beat Hahnville-based Otto Candies 6-3 to stay in the winners bracket at the American Legion state tournament on Sunday.
“It finally looks like we are settling down and not chasing balls out of the zone,” Gauthier & Amedee coach Justin Morgan said. “I think that are hitters are getting into some good counts.”
Austin Millet provided a stellar pitching performance for G&A as he didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning. Millet pitched seven inning, allowing three runs on three hits before giving way to Devin Speligene, who pitched two innings of one-hit relief.
G&A struck first with Madison Nickens scoring on a sacrifice fly by Austin Bain in the third inning, while Collin DeLaune drove in a run in the fourth on a single to left field.
Otto Candies finally broke Millet’s stranglehold when Mike Landry laid down a bunt single in the sixth. Three batters later, a bad throw to first by third baseman Bain allowed two runs to score and Todd Porche drove in another on a single to give Otto Candies a 3-2 lead.
Nickens’ two-out single to deep center field with two outs scored a pair of runs to put G&A back on top for good.
Brooks Vial took the loss for Otto Candies, giving up five runs on eight hits in seven innings with four strikeouts.
River Ridge Patriots 10, Delhomme Drillers 2: After being held to five hits by tournament favorite Gauthier & Amedee, the John Curtis-based Patriots rebounded with a win over Delhomme Drillers.
Down 1-0, the Patriots finally got their offense going in the bottom of the third inning. Jansen Richard struggled walking three straight batters and Josh Sogga’s throwing error allowed two runs to score. Evan Hilleman and Nick Studzinski hit back-to-back RBI doubles and Hunter Dale followed with a RBI triple for a 6-1 Patriots lead.
Harry Chairs was dominant on the mound and in the batter’s box for River Ridge. Chairs pitched six innings, while allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Crowley Millers 11, Hymann Chiefs 4: Hymann Chiefs got within one run, but Crowley Millers was able to pull away for a win to stay alive.
Crowley scored four runs in the bottom of the first without a hit, but Heymann came back with three runs in the second on a RBI double by Ben Bayless and a two-run single from Antonio Culotta.
Connor Goss went 2-for-4 for Crowley with a two-run home run and three runs, and Pate Broussard pitched a complete game for Crowley allowing four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
Peake BMW 6, Crowley Millers 4 (15 innings): The final game of Day 1 went late into the night as Post 288 Peake BMW beat Crowley Millers 6-4 in 15 innings.
Jonathan Parker scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 15th inning on an RBI single. Peake BMW’s other run came on a bases loaded walk.
Jared Gongora relieved Cory Carconi in the eighth inning and pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to pick up the win. He struck out five and walked three.
Crowley’s Alex Ashby scored on a throwing error from third to tie the game at 4-4 with two outs in the seventh inning.