Denham Springs defeats Captain Shreve

ZACHARY — Three was the lucky number for the Denham Springs baseball team as it defeated Captain Shreve 11-1 late Thursday night.

The Class 5A biddistrict playoff game was originally schedule to be played Tuesday and it started three hours later than the original Thursday start of 6 p.m. at North Park in Denham Springs. The game was also moved to Zachary because of rain and field conditions.

The wet weather didn’t put a damper on Denham Springs as it put up three runs in each of the first three innings.

Senior Andrew Ayres, junior Carl Guidry and senior Bryce Dugas combined to score eight runs, went 7-for-8 reached base all 15 at-bats. The trio also drew five walks and was hit twice.

“Those guys are our offensive leaders and really led us tonight,” DSHS coach Mark Carroll of the trio. “Scoring runs early in the game really took the pressure off us, and our defense played well.”

Guidry had an RBI single in the sixth inning to put DSHS up 10-1. Dugas was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning to load the bases, and junior catcher Kaleb Clarke was hit by a pitch that scored Ayres and ended the game via the 10-run rule.

Denham Springs, the No. 14 seed, (22-8) advances to a regional game at No. 3 Brother Martin.

“It was a good win,” Carroll said. “Our pitcher (Chantz Landry) played well and tossed a one-hitter. He’s a three-year starter for us.”

Landry (7-2) had six strikeouts.

Wes Brown singled and drove in two runs, and Clarke had a sacrifice RBI as DSHS took a 3-0 lead in the first. In the second inning, Ayres had an RBI double and Zach Borne had an RBI single to center field and when the ball was misplayed another run scored on Borne’s hit.

In the bottom of the third, Dugas had an RBI single and Borne knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice as the Yellow Jackets moved ahead 9-0.

The Gators scored their run in the top of the fourth as Madison Livingston hit a sacrifice fly to score Billy Bryan.

Ayres led DSHS by going 4-for-4. Dugas and Caleb Wilson had two hits each for the winners. Clarke and Wes Brown added two RBIs each.

Captain Shreve’s Fielding Matkins took the loss.