Sacred Heart second baseman Wesley Launey lays down a bunt for a base hit to lead things off against Ville Platte High on Thursday. The Trojans defeated the Bulldogs 8-1 in a cross-town tilt that occurred because both teams had previous games cancelled due to the weather. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)
VILLE PLATTE -- With both teams losing games to the rains of Wednesday night, the Sacred Heart Trojans and the Ville Platte Bulldogs decided to get together for a little friendly diamond tilt at Aswell-Cappell field Thursday afternoon.
The two teams squared off looking to get some much needed playing time to stay sharp for the latter stretch of the season.
Ville Platte made a game of it up until the fourth inning, but Sacred Heart was able to take advantage of some late Bulldog errors to pick up an 8-1 non-district win.
“With both of our games getting cancelled today, I am thankful that Ville Platte was able to come over and play us today,” stated Sacred Heart head coach Gary Ashworth. “They got our respect early in the game. Their coaches really do a good job of getting them prepared to play. They forced us to buckle down and play baseball.”
Ville Platte High head coach Ervin Wilson was very pleased with the effort of his team.
“We started off strong today, but errors caught up to us,” said Wilson. “I can see us improving with every game. If we can get a few wins down the stretch, we have a good chance of getting into the playoffs. That would be huge for the program.”
The game began to shape up as a pitcher’s duel between Sacred Heart’s Alec Gotro and Ville Platte’s Brendan Doucet, with neither hurler giving up a run for the first two innings.
In the bottom of the third with the score tied 0-0, the Trojans mounted some offense and was able to plate a run when Garrett Fontenot scored from third base on a Bulldog error.
Ville Platte did manage to get a runner in scoring position in the first and third innings respectfully, but could not come up with the timely hit.
Sacred Heart added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Cade Manuel, Nick Perry and Wesley Launey all singled to jam the bases up with Trojan runners.
Fontenot then lined a rocket to right field that was not fielded cleanly, allowing the three runners to score.
Sacred Heart’s final four runs of the game all came in the bottom of the fifth. The Trojans used two hits, two walks, three errors and two sacrifice flies to produce those runs.
Ville Platte got on board with their only run in the top of the sixth, as Bulldog center fielder Jaishaun Doucet scored from third base on a walk, a passed ball, a balk and a sac fly.
With the win Sacred Heart is now 14-5 on the year.
Ville Platte falls to 2-12 on the season with the loss.