By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou played possum for a while Tuesday night in Youngsville, letting the Acadiana Cane Cutters take a 10-0 lead through the first three innings. The Roux finally came to life in the fourth and scored 11 runs before the final frame. But the rally fell short and ended in a 15-11 loss.
The Cane Cutters got only eight hits off five Rougarou pitchers, but they were helped by four errors and a slew of other miscues, including 13 walks, four hit batters and a host of wild pitches and passed balls in the sixth.
Tanner Wilson led the Rougarou offense, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Reed Eason drove in three runs. He started the team’s comeback try in the fourth inning with a one-out single and scored on a triple by Elliot Hebert. Hebert scored on a single by Brennan Lambert to make it 10-2.
The Rougarou added four runs in the fifth inning. Giovanni Licciardi reached on a fielder’s choice, Derrald Moore Jr. reached on an error, and Eason walked to load the bases. Wilson singled to score Licciardi and Moore, then Elliot Hebert reached on an error that scored Eason and Wilson.
Acadiana made up four runs on one hit and a flurry of Rougarou miscues in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 14-6 lead.
After spotting one in the top of the seventh, the Rougarou added four more runs in the eighth.
Ethan Menard walked and stole second then Plash walked. Licciardi singled to move the runners then Moore singled to score Menard. Eason then doubled to drive in three more to make it 14-11.
Acadiana added one more run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Rougarou had to answer in the ninth.
The Rougarou will take Wednesday off before returning home to play the Brazos Valley Bombers on Thursday and the Acadiana Cane Cutters on Friday at Pete Goldsby Field. Borh games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.