Rainbow Olds knocks out Riverside

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 11, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / July 11, 2000

RESERVE – Rainbow Olds ended a roller coaster season for the Riverside Extra Inning Club with a 15-4 victory Sunday afternoon in the Second District playoffs at Fernandez Field.

Rainbow Olds had defeated the Extra Inning Club, 6-3, in the first game of the best of three series Saturday at Mel Ott Park. The John Ehret-basedteam advances to the Southeast Louisiana regional playoffs at Kirsch Rooney with a 15-5 record.

The Extra Inning Club finished its season at 8-7.

Rainbow Olds scored in all but one inning against three Extra Inning Club pitchers, including an eight-run second that broke open a 2-all tie. Thegame was called after the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

Kentrice Porter led off the game for Rainbow Olds with a walk off Extra Inning Club starter Brandon Delaneuville (5-2). Two outs later, Porterscored as Curtis Simmons slapped a single to left. Gerard Victorianofollowed with a double to right, plating another run for a 2-0 lead.

The Extra Inning Club came right back in the bottom of the inning. BradleyHodges was hit by Rainbow Olds starter Brian Gonzalez to open the inning.

Britt Waguespack followed with a single past second and moved up on a double steal. Two outs later, Jordan Remondet came through with a singleto left, scoring Hodges and Waguespack to tie the game at 2.

A double into the left field corner by Ed Dufrene and walks by Jason Johnson and Todd Barker opened the second inning. Porter then brought intwo runs with a double to right. Blake Kellogg followed with a two-runsingle to right, making it 6-2.

Remondet came in from shortstop to pitch and allowed a single to left by Gonzalez. After a walk by Simmons reloaded the bases, Victoriano clearedthem with a home run down the left field line, giving Rainbow Olds a 10-2 lead. Damian Melancon came in to pitch and retired the next three battersto get out of the inning.

Rainbow Olds added two more in the third. Barker struck out to lead offthe inning but reached on a wild pitch. After Porter walked, Kellogg laiddown a bunt and reached on an errant throw by Melancon with Barker coming in to score. Melancon then got Gonzalez to hit into a double play tosecond with Porter scoring to make it 12-2.

The Extra Inning Club threatened in the bottom of the third as Sean Delaneuville lined a single up the middle and Brandon Delaneuville walked to lead off the inning. But Gonzalez came back to get out of the inning on afly ball to center by Melancon, a strikeout by Jared St. Amant and achopper in front of the plate by Derrick Louque.

After Melancon struck out the side in the fourth, Barker opened the top of the fifth with a walk. Barker then went to second on a ground out to thepitcher by Porter and scored on Kellogg’s single to left. Gonzalez reachedon an error and Victoriano walked with two outs to load the bases. JamalSmith followed with a single to left, scoring two more runs to make it a 15-2 game.

Waguespack led off the bottom of the inning with a single to left. SeanDelaneuville followed with a home run over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 15-4. But Gonzalez came back to retire the next three batters toend the game.

“They put baserunners on the whole game,” Extra Inning Club coach Davey Clement said. “They made the plays, got the hits, threw strikes and dideverything better than us today. They deserved to win.”In the first game Saturday, Brian Legnon (6-0) gave up six hits and three runs in picking up the complete game victory for Rainbow Olds. Simmonsled the hitting, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs. DexterFalgoust went 3-for-3 for the Extra Inning Club while Hodges was 2-for- 4.

“We were an up and down team and that was exactly what I didn’t want,” Clement said. “We won in the beginning, lost in the middle, won a coupleat the end and lost our last two. We beat some teams we should have beatand we lost to some we should have beat. I saw some really good thingsand I saw some things we have to work on.”

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