Dots’ center fielder Amari Doucet gets ready to take off from first base after reaching the bag when he was hit by a pitch Thursday afternoon. Cubs’ first baseman Kolton Lafleur waits behind him to field a ball hit his way. The Dots defeated the Cubs 10-4 in 12U Dixie Youth baseball action. (Photo courtesy of Sawyer Jagneaux)
Rallying for the win
Despite falling behind 4-0 to the Cubs, the Dots rallied in the fourth inning to take a 10-4 win over the Cubs in Thursday night’s 12U Dixie Youth baseball action at the Ville Platte/Evangeline Recreational Park.
The biggest key to the Dots’ win: pitching. Ellis Chapman was steady on the mound for the Dots, going the distance and allowing only one earned run while striking out 11 and walking three.
Meanwhile, outside of starting Cubs’ pitcher Sam Veillon, the rest of the Cubs staff could not seem to be able to find the strike zone. Veillon went three innings, surrendering zero runs, while striking out nine and walking five.
The rest of the Cubs who took the mound after Veillon combined to give up 10 runs on eight walks and only one strike out.
Veillon came out of the gate on fire from the mound, as he struck out three of the first four batters he faced in the top of the first inning. The only blemish a walk given to John Aaron Soileau.
In the bottom half of the first, Hudson Fontenot led off by reaching on an error by the Dots defense. Following a strikeout by Chapman, Veillon helped his own cause with a two-run blast over the left-center field wall to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
The Dots were unable to answer the Cubs over the next two innings, as Veillon dominated on the mound, striking out six of the next seven Dots’ batters.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Cubs found a way to scratch home two more runs. Drew Mayeux started things off with an infield single.
Chapman disposed of the next two Cubs’ hitters before issuing a walk to Seth Guillory. Three wild pitches and an uncontested steal put Mayeux and Guillory crossing the plate for a 4-0 Cubs’ lead.
Although it looked like the Cubs were in control of the game, the top of the fourth inning was not kind to the team in white. After Veillon walked the first two batters of the half inning, things began to slowly fall apart for the Cubs.
Showing tremendous patience at the plate, the Dots drew walk after walk and capitalized on an error by the Cubs’ defense to pick up their 10 runs.
Chapman finished off the game in the bottom of the fourth by sending the Cubs down in order with three straight strikeouts.