By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou’s pitchers took a 1-hitter into the eighth inning against the Acadiana Cane Cutters Sunday night at Fabacher Field, but the team trailed 6-0. The Rougarou tried to rally with three runs in the top of the ninth, but that was all the Roux could do in a 6-3 loss.
Only one batter managed a hit off of four Rougarou pitchers. Acadiana shortstop Bobby Lada knocked a single in the bottom of the eighth inning off of reliever Michael Redmond.
But Rougarou starter Kade Linn struck out 11 in his 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs and walking five. Reliever Cage Chaney struck out three in his 1 1/3 innings of work. Dominic Dotson pitched the final frame.
But Rougarou walks helped the Cane Cutters get past their lack of hitting. In all, Baton Rouge pitchers walked nine batters, including four in the bottom of the sixth inning and four in the bottom of the eight, to allow Acadiana to score their runs.
But the Rougarou showed some life in the top of the ninth as they put together a short rally. Derrald Moore Jr. led off with a walk, followed by Brennan Holt’s walk. A wild pitch advanced the runners and they scored on a double by Landry Wilkerson. Brennan Lambert singled to score Wilkerson, making the score 6-3. Lambert was left stranded, however, when Samuel Plash struck out to end the game.
The Rougarou finished with seven hits, including doubles by Wilkerson and Lane Hutchinson. Both had two hits on the night, as did Vander Welt.
The Rougarou return home Monday for a three game set. They will host the Cane Cutters Monday at 7 p.m. and the Brazos Valley Bombers on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Goldsby Field.