The Houma Christian School baseball team remains undefeated with 4-1 win over Ascension Episcopal Monday night on Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux.
Warrior pitcher Brock Theriot guided the way with 11 strikeouts and only three hits in a complete- game victory. Sean Michael Brady took the loss with eight strikeouts, allowing seven hits and three walks.
“We played solid. We came out and did exactly what we wanted to do,” Warriors coach Stephen Martinez said. “That was the guy we faced in the playoffs and lost to last year. I was happy we brought the intensity from the start”
“We weren’t at our sharpest,” Blue Gators coach Lonny Landry said. “Our pitcher wasn’t as sharp as Theriot. He did a really good job keeping us off balance. He filled up the strike zone and dominated us at the plate.”
Houma Christian (9-0 overall) got on the scoreboard in the first inning when a Dylan Trahan (1-for-2, RBIs) fly out plated Dalton Durkes (3-for-3, threr runs).
Ascension Episcopal (5-3) got its lone run in the second inning as a bases-loaded bunt single from Carter Dooley scored Blake Pearson.
Theriot escaped further damage by striking out Preston Ocmand and forcing Seth Kerseteter to ground out with the bases loaded to end the second. Theriot only permitted one Blue Gator hit and struck out nine the rest of the contest.
“When he gets locked in, he’s the real deal. Most of the time he’s on the bump, he’s locked in,” Martinez said. “After that inning, we had a talk, and he shut them down after that. He’s one of the most mentally strong players I’ve ever seen. When he makes a mistake, he’s able to correct himself and immediately put it behind him.”
Houma Christian capitalized on Blue Gators mistakes to surge ahead in the third inning. With runners on first and second bases, Brady’s errant pickoff throw to first allowed Durkes to score. Then a double from Trahan brought home Theriot for a 3-1 lead.
The Warriors added the final run in the fifth. With runners on the corners, Brady’s failed pickoff throw to first base permitted Durkes to plate.
“Dalton did a fantastic job for us. That was the first time we put him in the leadoff spot,” Martinez said. “We had a short talk about what his job was as a leadoff man, and he did the rest. He’s really smart on the bases. It was fun seeing someone like that who can run the bases without you having to coach them. That’s a blessing.”
“The first one I thought we would have had him if we catch the ball. We just didn’t make the play, and it came back to hurt us,” Landry said. “The second one was our pitching coach’s call. I’m assuming it was a play that they ran on us, and they struck one past us.”
Martinez credits the Warriors hot start to a collection of veteran players who hope to ride this wave all the way to Sulphur in May
“We have a big group of seniors that’s been with each other for a good while. They have a good relationship with each other, and everybody’s locked in,” he said. “We’ve been talking about end goals, and what our ultimate goal is for the end of the season. We’re coming together as a team, and we’re all focused on one goal.”
MONDAY’S BASEBALL CAPSULE
SOUTH TERREBONNE 10, ST. JAMES 2 (at Bourg, nondistrict game)
Offensive leaders: South Terrebonne – Andre Blanchard (triple, RBI), Connor Brunet (single, RBI), David Lirette (triple, three RBIs), Cameron Hebert (single, RBI, three HBP), Alex Neil (single, two RBIs), Trey Gautreaux (single), Peyton Parr (single, RBI), Austin Hebert (single)
Pitching leaders: South Terrebonne – Mason Hebert (4 1/3 innings, seven strikeouts, no earned runs, three hits), Davis Arceneaux (2/3 inning, strikeout), Saige Pellegrin (inning, two strikeouts)
Records: South Terrebonne (4-5 overall); St. James (1-8 overall)