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Acadiana’s Derek Boutin lifts the Wreckin’ Rams to an opening round win over St. Amant on Tuesday at Tigue Moore Field.

Acadiana’s Derek Boutin lifts the Wreckin’ Rams to an opening round win over St. Amant on Tuesday at Tigue Moore Field.

Derek Boutin said afterwards that he didn’t any approach the game any differently.

“I just wanted to go out with the mentality of throwing strikes like always,” Boutin said. “I pitched well today but I have to give my defense a lot of credit. They made some great plays today.”

The Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams ace pitched very well in Tuesday’s opening-round playoff game as he gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

That strong performance helped No. 13 Acadiana defeat No. 20 St. Amant 7-2 in the Class 5A playoff opener held at Tigue Moore Field.

“He was very good today,” Acadiana coach Jay Hodges said. “They are a good baseball team and they can hit really well but Derek was dominant today.”

After two scoreless innings, Acadiana (20-11) got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third.

A leadoff single by Alex Courtier and Brandon Duhon reaching on an error gave the Rams two runners on with no outs. Ethan Bellman would successfully lay down a sacrifice bunt which moved both runners into scoring position.

After having struck out in the first inning, John Joslin would lace a standup triple off of St. Amant’s Hayden Mallory to clear the bases. Two batters later, Joslin scored on a sacrifice fly by Hill Babineaux.

“John didn’t have a very good at-bat in the first,” Hodges said. “The second time he had a tough at bat as well when he got two strikes early but he battled and got the hit we needed.”

St. Amant (17-14) would score a run in the fourth and then would reduce Acadiana’s lead to one in the fifth. With two outs, Ivan Prejean hit a double and would later score on a double by Brock Gonzales.

Acadiana would respond in the bottom frame by scoring four runs, most on bunt and infield singles as St. Amant struggled with fielding committing a pair of errors.

“We were going to keep bunting until they could field it cleanly,” Hodges said. “If it is working then you keep doing it.”

The win gives Acadiana its first opening-round playoff win since 2012 when the Rams reached the state semifinals. Acadiana will now face the winner of the No. 4 Lafayette and No. 29 East Ascension game in the best-of-three series in the regional round.

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