Scioneaux’s bomb lifts RA Lutcher

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2011



RESERVE – For the second time this season, Tate Scioneaux sent Riverside fans home happy with a swing of his bat. On Sunday, doing so ended Riverside’s Fatty’s Invitational tournament with a welcome bang.

Scioneaux’s walk-off home run in the seventh inning plated three runs and lifted the Rebels over Lutcher, 5-4, in the third and final game of the tournament.

“There’s nobody hitting better in the clutch than Tate Scioneaux right now,” said White. “Anytime you beat a big time program like Lutcher, it’s huge for you.”

Scioneaux also picked up the win, pitching 3.2 innings in relief and allowing just one hit and one earned run. He struck out six Bulldogs.

Riverside (6-5) trailed 4-1 entering the seventh inning when Ashton Perret reached on an error. Kaleb Bush would walk, setting up Dylan Martin with two outs. Martin singled home a run to make it 4-2. He’d steal second base, putting runners at second and third and giving Scioneaux a window to tie the game with a single base hit.

But on this occasion, he wasn’t interested in a tie.

“We were down the whole game and were able to come back and kinda steal one,” said White. “The stands were packed with Lutcher and Riverside fans. It was a great atmosphere and a great finish.”

Martin started the game after coming on in relief earlier in the afternoon to finish a game against Thibodaux. He allowed two earned runs and struck out five Bulldogs (6-6) in 3.1 innings.

Thibodaux defeated Riverside in the first game of the day, 5-3, in extra innings.

The Tigers won on a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning.

Wren Vicknair went 3-for-4 with a run scored for Riverside.

Bush was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Bryant Tassin started the game and gave up one earned run while striking out three.