Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The monkey finally is off the Rougarou’s back.
The Baton Rouge Rougarou returned home to Goldsby Field Tuesday night after a difficult 1-6 road trip and did what they had not been able to do all summer — beat the Brazos Valley Bombers. It was the first win for the Rougarou in six tries but, perhaps more importantly, it ended a five game losing streak for the team. Its last win was June 20 against the Seguin River Monsters.
Fortunately for fans, this game was never seriously in doubt. The Rougarou scored two runs early, broke a 2-2 tie with one run in the fifth, then added four insurance runs in the eighth to seal the win.
A trio of Rougarou pitchers held the Bombers to six hits. Gage Bihm threw five innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits, walking four and striking out three for the win. Deonte Dotson threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out five. Hayden Oglesby closed it out, giving up no runs, one hit and striking out three.
The Rougarou knocked 11 hits off of three Bomber pitchers. J.T. Taylor led the way, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Lane Hutchinson, Elliot Hebert and Giovanni Licciardi all went 2-for-4. Brennan Lambert and Licciardi drove in two runs.
“We were able to come out tonight and pitch really well,” Rougarou coach Wes Theriot said. “Gage, Deonte and Hayden did a great job. Our offense was able to put some pressure on them and produce a couple of big innings. (It was) a great team win and felt good to get it done at home in front of our fans.”
Baton Rouge scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Cameron Yadon reached on an error, Hutchinson walked and Hebert walked to load the bases. Yadon scored on a grounder then Taylor singled to score Hutchinson.
Brazos Valley tied the game in the top of the second on a walk, a hit batter and a single. But the Rougarou regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth and would never trail again. Hebert got the rally started with a double, then Lambert was hit by a pitch. Taylor singled to score Hebert and put the Rougarou ahead 3-2.
Baton Rouge added some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ethan Menard led off with a single and Brock Slaton walked. Giovanni Licciardi put down a bunt single that the Bombers threw away, allowing three runs to score. With two outs and the bases empty, Lane Hutchinson and Hebert singled. Brennan Lambert then singled to score Hutchinson.
The Bombers will return to Goldsby Field Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. start against the Rougarou.