Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
There was a dizzy bat race, a trivia contest, and a dirtiest car in the parking lot (which no one owned up to). There were cool snow cones, cold beer and, for the over-21 crowd, frosty daquiris and pina coladas. And if that wasn’t enough for the fans of the Baton Rouge Rougarou who turned out for Tuesday night’s home opener at Pete Goldsby Stadium, there was extra baseball.
The Victoria Generals battled the Rougarou to a 5-5 tie at the end of nine innings before Victoria’s Samuel Tormos doubled to lead off the top of the 10th. He would go on to score the go-ahead run to spoil the Rougarou’s home debut, 6-5. All three of the Rougarou’s losses this season have been to the Generals.
The Generals jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, then added two more runs in the second. Baton Rouge scored one run in the bottom of the first on a walk to leadoff batter Reed Eason, a single by Lane Hutchinson and a sacrifice fly by Elliot Hebert.
Victoria scored two more runs in the top of the second inning to take a 4-1 lead, but it wouldn’t last long. Cade Hart’s single and Brock Slaton’s walk set the table for Eason’s RBI single and Hebert’s 2-RBI single to tie the game at 4.
The Rougarou took its first lead in the third inning when Peyton Seybrandt singled, stole second and scored on a single by Slaton. But the Generals tied the game at 5 in the top of the fifth on a solo homerun by Generals DH Cole Turney.
Pitcher Luke McGibboney had a solid outing, pitching 6 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out 12.
The Generals’ pitchers held the Rougarou to seven hits and struck out 18.
The Rougarou will face the Acadiana Cane Cutters Wednesday night and Thursday night at Goldsby Field. Game time is 7 p.m.