LHS captures Bulldog Classic

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2001


PHOTO: LUTCHER SHORTSTOP DUSTIN DESLATTE gets Broadmoor’s Anthony Mussachia in a run-down in the sixth inning Saturday afternoon. (Staff Photo by Michael Kiral) LUTCHER – Matt Roussel pitched Lutcher’s third straight complete game as the Bulldogs clinched the Lutcher Tournament championship with a 1-0 victory over Broadmoor Saturday afternoon. Lutcher, which defeated East St. John, 3-2, Thursday, improved to 7-3 on the season. Roussel needed only 72 pitches to improve his record to 3-0 on the season. The senior gave up two hits and two walks while striking out seven in going the distance. T.J. Bourgeois pitched a complete game against East St. John Thursday and Risley St. Germain had one in a 10-4 win over Berwick Tuesday. “I had gotten a lot of rest,” Roussel said. “I was getting my curve over and was hitting all my spots. And I was getting ahead of a lot of hitters.” Roussel was matched by Broadmoor starter Jeremy Mizell. Mizell also went the distance, allowing one earned run on six hits and one intentional walk while striking out nine. “Both pitchers pitched a heck of a game,” Lutcher head coach Scott Tribble said. “The other pitcher deserved the win too. He just made one mistake. Each pitcher made one mistake. Theirs was just more costly than ours. It was an excellent pitched game by both pitchers.” Mizell’s mistake was a one-strike pitch that St. Germain launched over the left-center field wall with one out in the bottom of the second, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Brice Matherne followed with a double but Mizell got out of trouble by striking out Cory Bourgeois and Jonathan Lear. Lutcher threatened again in the bottom of the third as Dustin Deslatte led off with a single to left and Jeremy Roper doubled to right. Mizell again got out of the jam, striking out Keith Hymel, getting Roussel to ground out to third and picking Roper off second to end the inning. Broadmoor also threatened in the top of the fourth as Joey Graf led off with the team’s first hit, a single to left, and went on to move to third on an errant pickoff throw by Roussel. But Roussel came back to get Brandon Pellizane to ground out to Bourgeois at second for the third out. Lutcher put together another rally in the bottom of the fourth as Matherne led off with a double to right and was sacrificed to third by Bourgeois. But Matherne was thrown out at the plate on Craig Brignac’s grounder to Graf at short. Mizell retired the next six batters before Matherne got his third hit of the game, a single to left, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Anthony Mussachia led off the top of the sixth with a single to center but was picked off first by Roussel. With two outs, Graf walked and went to second on a balk by Roussel. Mizell then lined a drive into the left-center field gap that Hymel chased down for the third out. “I knew he was getting to it,” Roussel said. “It scared me when it came off the bat though.” Roussel retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the win.