A three-run first inning and dominant pitching were the driving forces for Bossier Parish Community College as the Cavaliers knocked off Baton Rouge Community College 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Pete Goldsby Field.
The Cavaliers swept the Bears with five runs in the final two innings to take the second game 7-3.
“This was huge for us to keep our composure after dropping our first two games of the season,” BPCC coach Adam Vorachek said. “Every time we play these guys, it’s a dogfight and we played two great games.”
Despite the sweep and rough start to the season, BRCC coach L.J. Dupuy said he’s not concerned about his Bears (1-6) just yet.
“We’re not pushing panic the button,” he said. “We have some things to work on, though. You have to be able to take advantage of the things that the other teams can’t do, and we didn’t do that.”
In the early game, BPCC (2-2) jumped out to an early lead behind the bat of Chad Daughdrill, who turned on the first pitch he saw from BRCC starting pitcher Jared Keating (0-2) and lined a three-run homer to left field.
Daughdrill finished the day going 4-for-8 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
“He’s established himself as one of our best hitters,” Vorachek said of Daughdrill. “No question that he was huge for us today.”
The early run support was all that Bossier Parish starting pitcher Jared Exline needed. He pitched five scoreless innings, striking out three and walking one, before he turned it over to reliever Lance Phillips in the sixth.
BPCC added to its lead in the fifth inning when a pitch from BRCC reliever Mason Liles hit Josh Rodriguez, forcing in a run. Liles then forced Preston Gray to hit a grounder, but shortstop Jose Dupuy could not field it as Ross Moore scored from third.
Daughdrill then scored from third on a passed ball before Liles finally got out of the inning.
“We are still trying to establish our pitching staff,” Dupuy said.
In the second game, BRCC took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and a 3-2 lead in the fifth, only to relinquish the lead.
BPCC went ahead for good in the top of the sixth with a pair of doubles from Daughdrill and Lance Jones highlighting a three run-inning.
Bears starting pitcher Kelby Blalock had a no-hitter through three innings, but gave up two runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth.
Cavaliers reliever Miguel Garcia recorded his first win of the season, pitching three scoreless innings to complete the sweep.