By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Rougarou’s final home game had a little something for everyone Tuesday night at Pete Goldsby Field.
It was the first playoff game for the Rougarou team since its inception and there were dogs at the park, a puppy parade, travel ball players competing for a cash prize, fireworks and even a wrestling throw down in between innings. What it didn’t have was one of the Rougarou’s signature comebacks.
The Acadiana Cane Cutters took the first game of the best-of-three series 6-1 thanks to uncharacteristic errors and a lack of hitting by the Rougarou.
Baton Rouge committed three errors, was held to three hits, got only got three walks from Acadiana winning pitcher John Gray and struck out 11 times. Gray struck out six. Reliever Nicholas Judice struck out five.
Lane Hutchinson, Parker Coley and Brennan Holt had the team’s only hits and Holt had the team’s lone RBI. He drove in Brayden Caskey, who walked and scored the team’s only run in the bottom of the third inning.
Rougarou ace Jaden Brasseaux went seven innings, allowing three runs, two of them earned, on four hits. He walked two and struck out eight. Reliever Hayden Oglesby pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hit and walked one. Ethan Brister pitched to the final five batters, giving up one hit, one run and walking two.
The Rougarou will travel to Fabacher Field Wednesday night for Game 2 of the series against the Cane Cutters to determine who will play in Saturday’s Texas Collegiate League championship game. The Rougarou must win Wednesday to force a game three on Thursday at Fabacher Field. If Acadiana wins Wednesday night, it will advance.