By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou jumped on Brazos Valley early Tuesday night, taking advantage of a couple of miscues by the Bombers to take a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, it would be the only run of the game for the Rougarou, who managed only two hits in a 5-1 loss to Brazos Valley.
T.J. Grines and Davis Meche were the only Baton Rouge players to get hits — both singles — off of six different Brazos Valley pitchers. Grines singled in the second inning and went to second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded. Meche singled in the sixth inning but never advanced.
The Bombers finished with five hits and scored all of their runs in the bottom of the third inning off of starter Andrew Yuratich. He gave up only two hits and struck out two, but walked five. Jack Hill relieved him with two outs in the third inning and gave up two hits. LSU left-hander D.J. Primeaux made his Rougarou debut in the seventh inning, giving up just one hit and striking out three in two innings of work.
The Rougarou scored their only run in the first inning when Grines drew a leadoff walk. Payton Cooper was hit by a pitch. With one out, the runners advanced on a wild pitch then Meche walked. Another wild pitch allowed Grines to score and the runners to advance, then Derrald Moore Jr. was hit by a pitch. After a pitching substitution, Landrey Wilkerson struck out swinging and Sully Stringer grounded out to end the threat.
The Rougarou travel to play the Acadiana Cane Cutters Wednesday night at Fabacher Field in Youngsville before returning home to play Brazos Valley on Thursday.