ABBEVILLE – The Crowley Gents fell behind early and were never able to muster much offense Tuesday in a 3-1 non-district road loss to Vermilion Catholic at Ralph Sellers Field.
The Gents (3-8) managed just six hits.
“I was real disappointed with our approach at the plate tonight,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty, whose team was limited to five hits in the first six innings by southpaw Tyler Derouen. “We’ve talked a lot about offspeed pitches, needing to sit back on offspeed pitches and go the other way. We didn’t do a good job of that tonight.
“They had us out on our front side. We had no balance and we hit a lot of fly balls. You can’t win hitting a lot of fly balls.”
Vermilion Catholic took control of the game early when the Eagles plated two runs in the second inning and chased CHS starting pitcher Mackay Mouton from the mound.
Shay LaPorte got the Eagles going with a one-out double and Emile Trahan had an RBI single two batters later. Connor Menard then reached on a bunt single and Clay LeBlanc loaded the bases with a single to left field. A walk to Drake Broussard allowed Trahan to score and forced the Gents to make a pitching change.
Ben Broussard took over for Mouton and got out of the jam with a flyout by Brennan Gallet.
Broussard sat the Eagles down in order the next three innings and gave up just one hit — a solo home run to Hayden Ryder in the seventh inning. He struck out five in 4 1/3 innings.
“Ben came in and did a great job,” said Doughty of Broussard. “As far as the home run, I’m not concerned with that because he came in and threw strikes and that’s all we’re asking of our guys right now.”
Throwing strikes has been a problem for the Gents thus far.
“We’re going way too deep in the count and we’re having some real high pitch totals in the first few innings of work,” said Doughty. “We’re just not going to be able to make it like that. We don’t have the pitching depth for that.
“So, I was real pleased with Ben. That’s two outings in a row that he’s pitched well for us.”
The Gents finally got on the board in the fourth inning when Mickey Morgan singled to left field, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex LeBouef and scored on a double down the left field line by Luke Ancelet.
Unfortunately, that was the only real threat of the game by the Gents.
Derouen scattered five hits through six innings before giving way to Chris Sagrera in the seventh inning. Sagrera gave up one hit — a single to Alex Ashby — and struck out two in the final frame.
Ancelet, who saw his first action of the season at the plate after returning from a wrist injury, was 2-for-3 on the night and drove in the Gents’ lone run.
Mackie Stagg also saw his first action of the season for the Gents after transferring in from out-of-state.
“I’m excited about the two new bats we had in the lineup today,” said Doughty. “Luke coming from an injury and Mackie being a transfer. Mackie didn’t have a hit, but he put the ball in play three times. When you look at our strikeout total so far this year, it’s just been outrageous. So to get two guys in the lineup that actually hit the ball every time they came up, I’m excited about that.”
Ashby, Mouton, Morgan and LeBouef each had one hit for the Gents.