Pine Prairie hurler Jace Vidrine reaches back to deliver a pitch in the Panthers’ 17-9 loss to Marksville this past Friday afternoon. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)
Trojans collect win; Panthers lose lead in last two innings
In the last diamond contests until the LHSAA lifts the suspension of all spring sports, the Sacred Heart Trojans took down the Livonia Wildcats in an 11-0 route and the Pine Prairie Panthers lost a six run lead in a 17-9 loss to the Marksville Tigers.
Here is a rundown of those two games.
Livonia tried to get on the board in the top of the first inning, getting a runner to second base. But, after starting Sacred Heart hurler Ethan Karonika struck out a batter and induced a fly ball, the Livonia base runner was thrown out trying to steal.
The Trojans found the plate in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead. Christian Duplechin singled and moved to second on an error.
Duplechin would score on a double into left-center field off of the bat of Gabe Fontenot.
After blanking the Wildcats for the second inning in a row, Sacred Heart increased their advantage by one in the bottom of the second. Issac Leger walked, reached second on an error and scored on a single by Lucas Vallet.
A 1-2-3 inning for Livonia in the top of the third was followed by a huge run producing at bat for Sacred Heart in the bottom half of the inning. The Trojans picked up four big runs on five hits to take a 6-0 advantage over Livonia.
Big hits in the at bat came from Fontenot and Connor Bordelon, each blasting doubles.
Sacred Heart finished the run rule win off in the bottom of the fourth by producing five more runs. Singles from Hayden Fontenot, Leger and Noah Soileau aided in the productive at bat.
Marksville came out gunning for the Panthers, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. However, Pine Prairie did not flinch, matching that total in the bottom half of the inning.
Elijah George reached on an error and proceeded to steal second and third. After a strikeout, Nathan Bordelon was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and third.
Dylan Bordelon singled home George and moved Nathan Bordelon to second base. A ground ball to short stop was deep enough to get the second out, but shallow enough to move the runners up. Two passed balls later, the Panthers had tied the game back up.
Pine Prairie re-took the lead in the bottom of the second with a single run and extended that lead in the bottom of the fourth when they plated three more runs.
The Panthers produced a duo of runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a commanding 9-3 lead. But, the Tigers were not done with the bats.
In the top of the sixth inning, Marksville dented Pine Prairie pitching with eight runs and added six more runs in the seventh.