The Baton Rouge Rougarou trailed early, then rallied late, but let the Acadiana Cane Cutters comeback for a 10-3 win Friday night at Pete Goldsby Field.
The Cane Cutters, who have won all six meetings between the teams this season, held the Rougarou to two hits in Friday’s game. Left fielder Reed Eason led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and would score on a groundout by Tanner Wilson, giving the Rougarou an early 1-0 lead.
But that would be the only Rougarou hit until the fifth inning with the Cane Cutters leading 3-0. In the bottom of the fifth the Rougarou rallied for two runs on a flurry of pitching mistakes by the Cane Cutters. J.T. Taylor and Derrald Moore led off the inning with back-to-back walks off of reliever Brandon Noel. After another pitching change, the runners advanced on a pair of wild pitches. Menard then was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A passed ball scored Taylor and Moore scored on a sacrifice fly by Eason.
The Cane Cutters didn’t stay down for long, though. Acadiana scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning and two more in the top of the ninth, finishing with 10 runs on 15 hits.
Hunter Draper got the start for Baton Rouge. He went five innings, giving up three runs, all earned, on nine hits. He walked none and struck out three. Sonny Brandwood got the loss. He pitched three innings, giving up five runs on four hits, walking three and striking out one. Hayden Oglesby pitched the final inning, giving up two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out one.
The Rougarou head out Saturday for a 10-day road trip. The team will travel to Bryan, Texas for their first two meetings against the Brazos Valley Bombers Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. at Travis Field. Thursday’s scheduled first meeting at Goldsby was postponed due to rain.
Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer