The Rayne High Wolves (9-12) will not have to travel far for their first round game of the 2009 3-A State Playoffs. On Friday, May 1, the Wolves will meet intraparish rival Notre Dame during a 6 p.m. contest at Miller Stadium in Crowley.
Entering as a wildcard team, the Wolves finished their district in third place following a tie-breaking playoff session among Crowley and Church Point.
Notre Dame enters the playoffs No. 7 as they took the district title ahead of Crowley High and Rayne High.
Crowley High over Rayne High
EUNICE – With an automatic postseason berth on the line Saturday, the Crowley Gents did something they had done just four times during their 25-game regular season slate - score in double figures.
The Gents banged out 17 hits and scored a season-high 19 runs to cruise to a 19-2 victory over Rayne in a special District 5-AAA playoff game for second place.
In Saturday’s game, Rayne took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Austin Meche walked and eventually scored on one of Crowley’s three errors on the day.
Crowley responded in the bottom of the inning, sending 11 batters to the plate giving the Gents an 8-1 advantage. Crowley added to its cushion in the second and third innings, scoring four runs in each frame.
Rayne’s only other run crossed the plate in the top of the inning when Dakota Broussard singled and scored on a ground out by Andrew Abshire.
Rayne collected five hits in the loss. Dakota Broussard was 2-for-3 with two singles, while Venable, Trace Duplantis and Myles Pryor each had one hit.
Rayne High over
CROWLEY – The Rayne Wolves secured at least a wild card berth in the upcoming Class AAA playoffs with a 6-2 victory over Church Point at Miller Stadium last Thursday evening.
In Thursday’s game, Church Point took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Derek Dailey walked and eventually scored on a single to center by Jake Brisco.
Rayne answered in the top of the third when Andrew Abshire reached on a fielders choice and Aaron Chiasson singled to left. Both runners crossed the plate on Austin Meche’s single to center to the Wolves’ 2-1 advantage.
Rayne added to its lead in the fourth when Chris Bourque walked, advanced to second on a single by Abshire and scored on Meche’s second hit of the game.
Rayne’s Myles Pryor drove in two more runs in the fifth on a single to center and Chris Bourqe had an RBI in the seventh on a groundout.
Donavon Darbonne singled in Blake Boudreaux in the top of the seventh for Church Point’s final run.
Meche picked up the victory, allowing one run in three innings. He gave up just one hit, waked five and struck out three.
Meche led the Wolves with two hits and three RBIs, while Chiasson was 2-for-4 with a triple. Pryor singled and drove in two runs while Abshire, Tyler Venable, Trace Duplantis and Dakota Broussard each had one hit.
WESTLAKE - Fol-lowing an 8-0 win over Ursaline Academy in the first round of the AAA State Playoffs, the 5-3A District Champions Rayne High Lady Wolves fell one game short last week from attending the State Softball Tournament, falling to Westlake, 6-1.
Rayne sophomore Mariel Meche took the loss on the mound for the Lady Wolves fanning three batters while allowing only one walk.
Westlake was the first team to cross the plate on a fielder’s choice in the third inning of play.
The fourth inning saw the Westlake bats get in swing against a Rayne defense who gave up four errors and five more runs for a 6-0 lead.
The Lady Wolves were able to score one run in the fifth inning when Tori Mott crossed the plate on a Kaitlin Thibodeaux hit.
Three strikeouts in the sixth inning ended Rayne’s season with the 6-1 loss.
Collecting Rayne’s two hits for the game was Mott, going 2-for-2 while scoring their only run.