EUNICE – There’s no shortage of throwing arms at Sacred Heart-Ville Platte.
What’s important, says Sacred Heart baseball coach Cody Vidrine, is whether those arms are capable of throwing strikes.
Vidrine got a close look at his potential pitching staff Monday night during his team’s 7-6 Metro Ball victory over St. Edmund at Eunice’s North Park baseball facility.
The Trojans used five pitchers in the seven-inning game and before heading to Taco Bell for a postgame feast, Vidrine said he’s been pleased with the mound performance during the summer league competition.
“In the summer you want to see your pitching staff and look for consistency in throwing strikes. We have good arms, but they’ve got to throw strikes,” Vidrine said.
Sacred Heart starter Jacob A. Lafleur did his part. Lafleur held the Blue Jays hitless for his three innings.
St. Edmund finished with three hits off relievers Caleb Soileau, Sam Tuminaro, Jacob Dupre and Brandon Fontenot.
Jays’ catcher Gibson Lafleur, who started on the mound, had two hits – a single and Nick Lahaye’s two-run triple in the seventh inning.
The Trojans’ pitchers walked nine batters. In the seventh when St. Edmund scored three runs, Sacred Heart loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter.
St. Edmund used three pitchers. Lafleur threw four innings and allowed four runs off as many hits and three walks.
Will Chachere pitched the middle two innings and the Jays finished with Drake Brunet in the seventh.
SHHS led 2-0 after the Trojans’ half of the second. Catcher Garrick Fontenot and Nick Lafhaye opened the inning with walks and both scored on Julian Vidrine’s double.
In the fourth an outfield error and a two-out walk set the stage for Jacob Lafleur’s run-scoring single. Soileau scored on a sacrifice outfield fly to make it 4-0.
St. Edmund scored one in the fourth when Brunet drew his second walk, stole second and scored on an infield error.
Three consecutive walks with no outs in the fifth enabled the Jays to add another run. Jack Brown scored on an infield error after he drew a leadoff walk.
In the sixth the Jays cut the lead to a run when Chachere reached first on a two-out fielder’s choice. He moved to second on an error and scored on a Phillippe Aguillard single.