By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
Just when you think the Baton Rouge Rougarou is down and out, think again.
Trailing the Acadiana Cane Cutters 11-4 with one hit after seven innings, the Rougarou rallied to score 10 runs on eight hits in the top of the eighth inning and added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on the way to a 15-12 victory Saturday night at Fabacher Field. The game saw 27 runs, 19 hits, 12 different pitchers and lasted nearly five hours. And it was a thriller.
Parker Coley had the Rougarou’s only hit going into the eighth inning, but the Roux had four runs thanks to five walks, a hit batter and a slew of wild pitches in the top of the first inning and another four walks in the top of the seventh.
But the gris gris wore off in the eighth. Coley led off the inning with a single and Samuel Plash reached on an error by the shortstop. A passed ball advanced the runners before Cameron Yadon walked. Coley and Plash would score on passed balls to make it 11-6.
Derrald Moore Jr. singled to score Yadon and Moore scored on a passed ball to make it 11-8. After Brayden Caskey walked, Lane Hutchinson was hit by a pitch, then Landrey Wilkerson singled to load the bases. Monray Van der Walt then came through with a clutch double that cleared the bases and tied the game at 11-11.
Coley singled and Van der Walt would score on an error by the Acadiana pitcher to give the Rougarou the lead, 12-11.
But the Rougarou wasn’t done. In his second at-bat of the inning, Yadon singled. Moore singled to drive in Coley then Holt doubled to score Yadon and give the Rougarou a 14-11 lead.
The Roux added a run in the top of the ninth when Hutchinson singled, stole second and scored on a single by Van der Walt.
The Cane Cutters added a run in the bottom of the ninth, but could not match the Rougarou rally.
The Rougarou finished with 11 hits and 12 walks off of eight Cane Cutters pitchers. Van der Walt finished the game with five RBIs on two hits. Coley finished 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Moore was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
The Rougarou will close out the regular season against the Cane Cutters Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Pete Goldsby Field.