Big sixth inning dooms MCHS Tigers
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
Morgan City High School overcame a five run deficit, but doing it twice was too much to ask for in a 14-8 District 8-4A loss to Vandebilt Catholic at home on Saturday.
Trailing 5-0, the Tigers chipped away at the Vandebilt Catholic lead with four runs in the bottom of the third and three more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-6 lead.
However, Morgan City ran into problems in the top of the sixth inning as Vandebilt erupted for eight runs, seven of those before Morgan City recorded an out.
“We’ve been kind of waiting to breakout,” Vandebilt coach Corey Sullivan said of his squad, who he said has been struggling to get hits with runners in scoring position.
In fact, he said he put his squad through practice on Friday night after Assumption High School defeated them.
On the other side of the field, Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales said he stressed to his relief pitchers that he needs better appearances by them when they are called upon. He said the favorable counts his squad allowed Vandebilt Catholic allowed them to take better swings at the plate.
“We fell behind in the counts with every pitcher we brought in,” Gonzales said. “They’ve got to be better.”
Vandebilt got on the board in the top of the second inning when Blake Talbot, who had smacked a two out double to right field, scored on a Morgan City error one batter later.
The Terriers added three more runs in the top of the third, two of those were on a Chase Hawthorn two-run homer to left center field.
Morgan City responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning on a Brodie Anslum double that plated Buck Gautreaux and Nick Gagliano, an RBI double to left field by Dylan Hymel, and a run-scoring single to left field by Ryan Veillion.
Vandebilt plated a run in the top of the fifth before Morgan City responded with three more in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of RBI singles to left field by Ryan Veillion and Josh Glatter, and a sacrifice fly by Gagliano.
After Vandebilt Catholic loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth, Morgan City took out starter Brennan Scully in favor of reliever Chandler Delaune.
However, Vandebilt’s Matt Bergeron greeted Delaune with a two-RBI single to center field and Vandebilt Catholic retook the lead, 7-6.
The Terriers scored the remainder of their runs on four more singles.
Morgan City plated a run in the bottom of the seventh on a Gagliano single.
On Friday, the Tigers picked up their first District 8-4A victory of the season against South Terrebonne, 5-1.
The game originally was scheduled to be played in Bourg but was moved to Morgan City after a deluge of rain fell in Bourg Thursday.
On the mound, Gonzales said Anslum made key pitches when needed and Gagliano hit an RBI triple to get the Tigers on the board.
“Our team seemed to breathe easier after that,” Gonzales said.
Also, the MCHS coach credited Gautreaux with a big play in the right center field gap that Gonzales said changed the game’s momentum.
“We played really well,” Gonzales said. “We had people step up and make plays when we needed them to. It was a big win for us. We have been playing well as of late without anything to show for it, so it was good to get a ‘w.’”