Wildcats overcome own mistakes in 15-3 stomping of Central Lafourche

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Sports Editor

RESERVE-East St. John will continue to give their fans a lot of sleepless nights.

Although, a 15-3 beat-down of Central Lafourche Saturday afternoon is probably as good as five Tylenol PM’s.

Overcoming an early 3-0 self-imposed deficit, the Wildcat bats exploded for 17 hits and 15 runs the final three innings to defeat Central Lafourche.

The big inning for East St. John was the fifth as they scored seven runs, all with two outs.

Notching 20 hits for the game, the Wildcats were led by Kenon Duhe, Jamal Breaux and Ryan Perrilloux. Duhe finished the game 3-4 with a double and a pair of runs driven in, Breaux finished 3-5 with a pair of runs driven in and Perrilloux finished 3-3 with a pair of runs driven in.

Alex McCollum picked up the complete-game victory on the mound, allowing only five hits and three runs, all unearned.

East St. John Head Coach Macky Waguespack said his team’s offensive output was quite impressive.

“When we got down 3-0 I didn’t panic,” Waguespack said. “We knew as of late we have been swinging the bats really well and scoring a bunch of runs. It just took us a little longer this time.

“We had great at-bats with two outs, great at-bats with two strikes, put the ball in play and make good contact. It fell in for us in one big inning.”

Waguespack still continues to be puzzled by his team’s defensive lapses.

“It’s killing me because it always is happening in the first couple of innings,” Waguespack said. “Sooner or later down the line it is going to kill us in a big game. They (Central Lafourche) get three runs in the first inning and the ball didn’t even leave the infield.

“I’ve never had a team that has done this before. Every first couple of innings we make a bonehead mistake and we give a few runs here and there. Fortunately we are swinging the bats really well so we can overcome that, but how much longer can that go on? One day it is not going to happen for us.”

Despite the defensive miscues, Waguespack said his team has the talent to play with nearly anyone.

“I told them after the game that the performance Saturday showed me that no matter what point in the game or no matter what the score, we can always come back and put up a fight.