Church Point completes district sweep of Gents
The struggles continued for the Crowley Gents on Tuesday in their District 5-3A matchup with Church Point.
The Gents (9-13, 2-8) committed six costly errors that led to four unearned runs, helping the Bears slip away with a 7-2 victory.
The loss was the Gents’ sixth straight and it dropped them two more spots in the power ratings -down to No. 29 - entering this afternoon’s home contest against Port Barre.
The victory was the Bears’ second straight, giving them their first winning streak of the season. They currently sit just outside of the playoff picture at No. 34 with a pair of league series left against Mamou and Port Barre.
The Gents didn’t do themselves any favors on the mound, either. They walked six batters and hit another.
A walk and three errors in the opening frame allowed the Bears to take a quick 1-0 advantage.
The Gents answered in the bottom of the frame with a run of their own when Randy Hanks reached base on an error and scored on a groundout by Zan Habetz.
The Bears regained the lead one inning later when Brandt Boone singled and scored on Crowley’s fourth error of the day.
The visitors then broke the game wide open in the fourth inning with a five-run outburst.
Gavin Oliver recorded a two-run single during the frame. Ian Meche and Hayden Babineaux also had run-scoring singles in the inning and Wick Venable plated a run on a bases -loaded walk.
The Gents pushed across their final run of the evening in the bottom of the sixth inning when Randy Hanks singled and scored on an error at first base.
Overall, the Gents had just three hits, all singles by Hanks, Habetz and Deontai Primeaux.
Church Point, on the other hand, belted out 10 hits.
Chris Dailey led the charge with a 3-for-5 performance and Boone had two hits and scored twice. Oliver singled and drove in two runs; Meche and Babineaux each had an RBI single and Venable doubled and drove in one run.
Dailey also picked up the complete-game victory on the mound after allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out eight while throwing 100 pitches, 64 for strikes.
Grant Russell was tagged with the loss after allowing all seven runs, only three earned, on five hits and six walks. He struck out six over four innings.
Christian Stafford pitched the final three frames and gave up four hits. He walked one, hit one and struck out two.
The Gents have six games remaining, including a pair of two-game series against Port Barre (8-15, 6-4) and Pine Prairie (12-13, 6-4). Both of those teams sit ahead of the Gents in the power ratings at No. 23 and 21, respectively.
The Gents also have two non-district games to close out the regular season against No. 26 Avoyelles (9-9) and Cecilia (13-11), who sits at No. 17 in Class 4A.