SUPLHUR — With the bats quiet for most of the game, the Post 131 Otto Candies relied on pitching and defense to get through the opening round of the American Legion state baseball tournament on Saturday at McMurry Park.
Todd Porche allowed three runs on six hits in 7.1 innings, and his Hahnville-based team turned two double plays in a 5-3 win over the Post 241 Delhomme Drillers from Acadiana.
“We worked on it diligently this week but our at bats just got worse and worse as the game went on,” Post 131 coach David Baudry said. “You have to be able to put teams away in this tournament, and we were fortunate to get a great pitching performance out of Todd. We had to make plays behind him. I am confident, especially on turf, with our infield defense.”
Candies advances to play Ascension Parish-based Gauthier & Amedee at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Candies had eight hits, compared to six for Delhomme. Four of Hahnville’s hits came in the second inning. Chase Bagot’s two-out, three-run triple to center field was a key play. Dylan Keller and Tyler Simmons had back-to-back RBI singles to give Post 131 a 5-0 lead. Candies also left seven on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh.
Delhomme scored single runs in the third on a ground out by Devin Boutin, a sacrifice fly by Caleb Duboc in the fifth and squeeze bunt by Tristan LaPorte in the eighth that scored Jaren Neef.
Porche ran into a little trouble in the eighth. Jared Laque picked up the save.
Simmons was 3-for-5 with an RBI for Candies. Duboc was 2-for-3 for Delhomme.
RETIF OIL 14, POST 241 HYMANN CHIEFS 4 (8 INNINGS): Errors played a key role as defending state champion Retif Oil, a Jesuit-based team, won easily.
Retif plays the winner of Saturday’s late game between Peake BMW-Brother Martin and Crowley Millers on Sunday.
Comeaux-based Hymann committed nine errors and got just five hits off starter Glynn Hyer, who finished with seven strike outs and two walks in 6.1 innings.
Hymann led 4-3 in the sixth and turned an inning-ending double play. However, Retif scored four runs with the help of three errors. Alex Galy’s two-run single provided the go-ahead runs.
Retif added five runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Trent Forshag led Retif, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Brandon Fequeira went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs while Ben Hess scored three times and went 1-for-3.
Trent Pascal paced Hymann, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
GAUTHIER & AMEDEE 15, RIVER RIDGE PATRIOTS 1: Austin Tanner scattered six hits, and Madison Nickens blasted a three-run triple in the bottom of the second for Gauthier (38-2-2).
Tanner struck out five in a game which was called after seven innings because of the mercy rule.
Coach Justin Morgan’s team collected 13 hits and scored 11 runs in the fourth inning.
“Austin just did what he does, which is throw strikes and let his defense work behind him,” Morgan said. “We were patient at the plate and got some good swings. Madison’s triple helped break things open for us. We hit the ball well.”
Blaine Schexnayder finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, while Grant McCrory (2-for-3) and Steven Bright (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) were other leaders.