Green Devils split with Lutcher in 6-4A

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Plaquemine's Joseph Keller delivers a pitch in the sixth inning of the Green Devils' 3-1 District 6-4A victory over Lutcher on Thursday. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

LUTCHER – Plaquemine Senior High School held off Lutcher for a 3-1 District 6-4A victory on Thursday.

The Green Devils (14-8, 2-3), under coach Scott Allen, had fallen to Lutcher 4-3 on Wednesday. Plaquemine also fell to Livonia 7-6 on Saturday before defeating Tara 15-0 on Tuesday.

“We have the potential to win but we just have to play up to it,” Allen said. “Potential can only take you so far. The difference is today we didn’t make any mistakes. As long as we get hot at the right time, we will be alright.”

Joseph Keller earned the win on the mound in a complete game with six strikeouts to six hits. Keller also was 2-for-3 at the plate.

“He has it in him and he showed it today,” Allen said.  

Keller induced the game-ending groundout to shortstop Dalton Brigalia after allowing the go ahead run come to the plate with a two-out walk and hit batter.

Plaquemine scored a pair of runs in the second inning to go ahead. Ethan King reached on a fielder’s choice and Brigalia doubled to put runners in scoring position. Dwayne Askins’ single and Brian Jordan’s groundout each plated a run.

The Green Devils added a run in the third. Austin LeJeune singled and scored during a rundown of Keller, who also singled. But Plaquemine left the bases loaded after Orlando Batiste and Chris Cox drew consecutive walks and Brigalia singled.

Lutcher’s lone run came in the fourth inning. Philip Chauvin led off with a single and scored on Peyton Bourgeois.’

Cameron Guillot took the loss for Lutcher. Chauvin pitched four 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Brigalia recorded the loss in the first meeting surrendering just two earned runs on 12 hits, while striking out five. Keller was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and King also was 2-for-3.

Keller’s two-run double put the Green Devils’ ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning but Lutcher knotted it up in the sixth.

Bulldog starter Bailey Brack allowed two base runners on in the bottom of the sixth and relief pitcher William Kramer walked in a run.

But Kramer would end up driving in the tying run after Sully Martin stretched a double and Alex Louque provided the go-ahead run on an errant throw.

Kramer picked up the win for Lutcher in 2/3 innings of relief allowing just one hit.