Riverside jumps out on Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 18, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / April 18, 2000

LUTCHER – Riverside took control early and never looked back, taking a 9-5 non-district victory at Lutcher Saturday afternoon.

The Rebels improved to 13-9 on the season while Lutcher fell to 23-3 overall.

Riverside jumped out early, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.

Brandon Delaneuville led off with a walk off Lutcher starter Bo Louque and Casey Remondet followed by getting hit by a pitch. Britt Waguespack thenlined a single to right with Delaneuville coming around to score.

Second baseman Rusty Crosslin’s throw to third went into the Riverside dugout, allowing Remondet to score and sending Waguespack to third. SeanDelaneuville followed with a fly ball to shallow center with Waguespack beating Scott Ocmond’s throw home to make it 3-0.

Lutcher came back with a run in the bottom of the inning. Crosslin led offwith a single to center. One out later, Tray Haydel was hit by a pitch byRiverside starter Gus Entremont and Dustin Deslatte followed with a single to center to load the bases. Crosslin then came in to score ascatcher Blake Duhe’s pickoff throw sailed wide of first, making it 3-1.

Entremont struck out Risley St. Germain and got Lee Poche to ground out toend the inning.

Riverside answered with three more runs in the top of the second.

Entremont led off with a walk and was courtesy ran for by Scott Poirrier.

Brandon Delaneuville then lined Louque’s first pitch over the left field wall, giving the Rebels a 5-1 lead. One out later, Britt Waguespack doubledto left-center and scored as Sean Delaneuville ripped a single to center.

The Rebels made it 7-1 in the third as Seth LeBlanc led off with a single to right. LeBlanc was then sacrificed to second by Duhe and scored an outlater as Brandon Delaneuville reached on an error by Deslatte at third.

Lutcher cut the deficit to 7-3 in the bottom half of the inning. With oneout, Haydel singled to left and was forced at second by Deslatte. St.Germain followed with a single to keep the inning alive.

Poche then lined a single off the glove of Delaneuville at short as Deslatte came around to score. Damian Ursin reached on a two-base error by DamianMelancon at third, bringing in St. Germain with the second run of theinning. Entremont got out of further trouble by getting Ocmond to fly outto left.

Riverside got those two runs back in the fourth. The Rebels got the leadoff batter on for the fourth straight inning as Remondet reached on an error by Deslatte. One out later, Sean Delaneuville lined a curve ball byLouque over the left field fence, increasing the lead back to 9-3. MattRoussel came in to relieve Louque and after walking Melancon, got LeBlanc to pop up and struck out LeBlanc to end the inning. Roussel closed out thegame, allowing a double to Entremont in the fifth and a single to Dustin Duhon in the sixth while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings.

Entremont pitched into the fifth, allowing a single to left by St. Germainand a walk by Poche with two outs before being replaced by Chris Bourgeois. Bourgeois walked Ursin to load the bases but then got Ocmondto pop up to second to end the inning.

Haydel led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right and came in to score an out later on St. Germain’s home run to left. Bourgeois thenstruck out Poche and Ursin to preserve the win.

Entremont got the win, walking two and striking out three in 4 2/3 innings in improving to 5-2 on the season. Bourgeois pitched the final 2 1/3innings, walking one while striking out five.

“We played really well today,” Riverside coach Marshall Crooks said. “Wewere able to put guys on base every inning and got some key hits. We got agood job of pitching from Gus and Chris. We were able to get that leadoffguy on and move him around. It was a good job all the way around.”Louque took the loss, his first after winning his first seven decisions. Hewalked three and gave up six hits while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings.

“We didn’t do what we had to do,” Lutcher coach Scott Tribble said. “Welet them score some runs early and our offense couldn’t come through. Wehit the ball on the nose and they made the plays.

“Maybe this was a wake up call to get ourselves back to working hard to make a run in the playoffs. Maybe it opened our eyes. We have to come hereand play the game all the way through.”

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