Post 167 club takes second place honors in SW Regional diamond tourney

Tryve Brackin
FIRST PITCH…Plaquemine Post 167 pitcher Shea Ourso, left, hands the baseball over to his grandfather Frank Ferachi, a Korean War veteran and longtime coach and school administrator in the community, so he can throw out the first pitch of the Southwest Regional American Legion Baseball Tournament Saturday morning in Baton Rouge.

Plaquemine Post 167 Senior A diamond team ended up saving its worst performance of the Southwest Regional American Legion Baseball Tournament for the championship game last night in Baton Rouge. The locals fell by an 11-0 score in the title game to River League archrival Gauthier-Amadee of Gonzales.

After turning in a trio of stellar performances to jump out to a 3-0 showing in the regional tourney, the Post 167 club dropped back-to-back games to finish as the runner-up team. However, the second place finish is good enough to send the locals to Crowley next week to play in the annual State American Legion Baseball Tournament along with the Gonzales club.

“We are playing the title game to get the better bracketing in the state tournament, but it ends up both of our clubs in the championship game have been placed in opening round games against two of the best teams in state Legion ball. It almost does not matter,” explained Post 167 Coach Heath Whittington before the first pitch of the regional title contest.

Despite the unexpected pre-tourney bracketing, the game still meant a lot to both clubs are far as bragging rights as regional champs. Gonzales, regular season victor over Plaquemine but a loser to the locals in an early regional tourney game, played much better in the final contest.

Winning Gonzales pitcher Britt Gautreaux had pitched in the Class 5-A state championship game in the spring for Dutchtown High, so the veteran said he was relaxed and ready to go against Plaquemine. He ended up tossing a four-hit shutout.

The 167 boys had their worst hitting effort of the tourney games. Losing pitcher Shea Ourso and first baseman Justin Hudson led the meager Plaquemine offensive attack with a pair of early inning base hits.

Meanwhile, the local Legion’s defense committed four untimely errors that allowed Gonzales to score seven unearned runs out of their first eight tallied.