EUNICE – The Crowley Americans met with little resistance this weekend in advancing to the 2012 Bronco Section I finals that was played last night in Eunice.
The Americans, who received a bye in the opening round, belted out 29 hits and 38 runs in two five-inning victories over Rayne and the Crowley Nationals to advance to the title game.
The championship game was played last night, but results were unavailable at press time.
The Nationals took on Church Point in the semifinals at 6 p.m. and the winner of that contest played the Americans in the final game of the night.
On Sunday, the Americans banged out 15 hits and cruised past the Crowley Nationals, 17-1, in the winner’s bracket finals.
The Americans got off to a quick start by scoring four runs in the first inning. John Hoffpauir started the rally with a two-run double. He later scored on a wild pitch. John William Lamm plated the final run of the frame on a groundout.
The Americans added to the lead with four more runs in the second inning. Will Doughty and Thomas Stevens each had RBI doubles in the frame and Devin Mouton drove in a run with a single.
The Nationals plated their only run in the third inning when Cameron Ledet drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Americans scored two more runs in the bottom of the third and put the game away with seven runs in the fourth.
Doughty earned the victory on the mound after giving up one run on no hits through the first three innings. He walked four and struck out seven.
Mouton pitched the final two innings.
Logan Aguillard had the Nationals’ lone hit of the game, a single to center field in the fourth inning.
Thomas Stevens and Kaizer Lamm paced the Americans’ 15-hit attack with three hits each. Stevens went 3-for-3 with a double, an inside the park home run and three RBI while Lamm had three singles and one RBI.
Doughty had two hits, including a double and two RBI and Mouton also drove in two runs on a triple and a single. Hoffpauir and Garrett Cormier each had a double and two RBI and Alex Gardiner singled in a run. J.T. Swacker and Collin Kirsch rounded out the offense with one hit each and John William Lamm had an RBI.
The Crowley Americans scored 15 runs in the final two innings to cruise to a five-inning victory over Rayne on Saturday.
Will Doughty led the Americans at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance that included two doubles and six RBI. Hoffpauir, Stevens, John William Lamm and Ben Doughty each had two hits. Collin Kirsch and Garrett Cormier each had one.
Kirsch earned the victory after pitching the first three innings. He gave up three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five.
Church Point 17
The Crowley Nationals pulled away in the fifth inning by scoring nine runs to earn a run-rule victory over Church Point Saturday afternoon.
The Nationals had 13 hits on the day. Cameron Ledet and Logan Aguillard led the offensive charge with three hits each and Gavin Corzine had two. Christian Stafford, Anders Fontenot, Desmond Harmon, Steven Calahan and Luke Foreman each had one hit.
Ledet was credited with the victory on the mound. He gave up five runs on three hits in three innings.