Pedal Valves end run in Mid-South regional

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 9, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — Pedal Valves’ hopes for a trip to the American Leegion World Series were rained on, rain delayed, relocated, then dashed with a 5-2 loss to Bryant, Arkansas in the Mid-South Regional Tournament Sunday.

The two-time state champion went 3-2 to finish the summer 29-8.

Last year the team went 0-2 in regiona in Arkansas.

Rechristened Team Louisiana for the tournament, the Cardinals defeated Ada, Okla., 7-2 in a nine-inning game before its eliminating loss, which began 30 minutes later.

“We ran out of gas,” said coach Danny Rhiem.

The Cardinals started the tournament with a 13-1 win over Ottowa, Kanas, Post 60.

Former St. Charles Catholic player Justin Ory went 3-for-5 with a double and a 3-run triple. Former Comet Zack Roussel pitched six and one-thirds innings, giving up four hits and striking out three.

Former Riverside Academy player Mason Vicknair went 2-for-5 with a 2-run double and scored two runs.

The team fell into the losers’ bracket with a 4-2 loss to Bryant, Ark., on Aug. 3.

The Cardinals defeated Amory, Miss., 2-0, on Aug. 4. Ory drove in both runs, including one on an RBI double.

Mother Nature won on Aug. 5, flooding much of the New Orleans area and postponing the slate of games.

That forced Pedal Valves into a double-header for survival on Aug. 6.

Roussel and Brenden Taravella of Holy Cross combined on a 3-hitter to defeat Ada, Okla., in the first game, 4-3. The Cardinals pounded 11 hits. Ory scored two runs and hit a 2-run triple. Vicknair would drive in the winning-run with a two-out, RBI triple in the sixth.