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Trojans drop first game of series in regional playoffs

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Sacred Heart’s Alec Gotro looks to crush a ball at the plate in a game earlier this season. The Trojans fell to St. Charles in game one of a three game playoff series Friday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

By: TRACEY
JAGNEAUX
Sports Editor

LAPLACE -- It did not go well for the Sacred Heart Trojan baseball team Friday afternoon, as they dropped the first game of a best two out of three series to the St. Charles Comets in the regional round of the Division III playoffs by the score of 10-0.
As of press time, Sacred Heart was scheduled to play the second game of the series on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the if necessary game set for 2 p.m. The Ville Platte Gazette will re-cap games two and three in Thursday’s edition.
The Trojans were only able to strike for three hits in the game, while the Comets gathered five hits. Sacred Heart committed three errors in the contest.
The game began with Sacred Heart going down in order in the top of the first inning. St. Charles began the scoring in the bottom half of the inning, collecting three runs on two hits, two walks, two stolen bases and three passed balls.
The Trojans tried to get things going on offense in the top of the second when starting pitcher Brandon Fontenot singled to lead off. However, courtesy runner Drew Scully was picked off at first base. Connor Fontenot followed with a strike out and Alec Gotro grounded out to short stop for the third out.
The Comets chased Fontenot and relief pitcher Cade Manuel in the bottom of the second, plating four more runs to take a 7-0 lead.
Sacred Heart’s only real threat came in the top of the third. After Christian Duplechain flied out to center field, Drew Bordelon doubled into the left center field gap.
Nick Perry struck out for the second out, followed by a base on balls issued to JT Harper, putting runners at first and second with two outs. The threat was subdued when Wesley Launey flied out to center field for the third out.
The Comets added a single run in the third and two more runs in the fourth to complete the run rule win. .

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