By Lori Lyons
The 2022 season got off to a late start and a rough start for the Baton Rouge Rougarou Tuesday.
A brief rain shower in Youngsville delayed the start of the season opener against the Acadiana Cane Cutters about 30 minutes Tuesday night. Then, after staking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Rougarou bats fell mostly silent in a 5-2 loss.
Lead off man Derral Moore singled to start the game. He stole second, then third and scored when the Cane Cutter’s third baseman’s throw went wide. But that would be all the offense the team would muster until the ninth inning when Ethan Menard was hit by a pitch, advanced on a base on balls to Elliot Hebert and scored on a double by Lane Hutchinson. The team left the bases loaded to end the game. Hebert had two of the Rougarou’s three hits.
Pitcher Luke McGibboney got the start and gave up one earned run on three hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.
First year coach Wes Theriot said, despite the outcome, it was a good start to the 2022 campaign.
“I thought we played well,” he said. “We had some good at-bats. Our pitchers kept us in the game and we had a chance at the end to tie it up, we just didn’t get it done. I like our team pieces and will make some lineup adjustments going forward to put us in the best position to win games.”
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