On June 12 the Gulf Coast Bank Abbeville 29ers fell to the New Iberia Cajuns 18-5. The 29ers responded by winning four straight games heading into Tuesday’s rematch with the Cajuns at Acadian Park. For six innings it appeared the result would remain the same -- the Cajuns led 4-2 heading into the top of the seventh.
“It was looking pretty grim,” said Abbeville coach Kip Faulk.
Remember, though, baseball, just like the weather in South Louisiana during the summer, changes quickly. Jacob and Tony Frederick each doubled home scores in the top of the seventh to help the 29ers (5-1) to a 6-4 win over New Iberia.
“It was a nail-biter,” said Faulk. “We hung around with them the entire game and we put them away at the end.”
The Cajuns bashed the red stitches off the baseball in the first game against the 29ers. Tony Frederick made sure that was not the case Tuesday. The right-hander allowed just four runs in five innings.
“New Iberia has a stacked lineup,” said Faulk, “but we played solid defense behind some good pitching.”
The 29ers’ offense still had to do its job. The Brothers Frederick helped take care of that end. Trailing 4-3, Jacob Frederick doubled home Jeremy Bertrand and Ethan Hebert to put Abbeville up one. Tony Frederick added to the fire, doubling home his brother for a 6-4 edge. Hebert entered and slammed the gate shut on the Cajuns.
“This was a big win for us,” said Faulk. “We came in with a lot of momentum and we wanted to show something today (against a team that beat us).”
Abbeville will travel to Franklin today at 7 p.m.