By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou had a streak to protect Wednesday night.
Since the Texas Collegiate League summer season started way back on May 31, the Rougarou have not lost a game to the Seguin River Monsters. They weren’t about to let that change on this night.
Rather, Lane Hutchinson wasn’t and Hutch was clutch.
With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th inning and designated runner Reed Eason at second base with nobody out, Hutchinson came to the plate and launched a soaring single to the base of the centerfield wall to drive in the winning run in a 6-5 walk off win. It was the 10th win for the Rougarou over the River Monsters in as many tries this season. The team is 7-1-1 in its last nine home games. Seguin lost its eighth game in a row.
The Rougarou (15-19-1) were out-hit 11-8 by Seguin (8-27), but the River Monsters committed six errors to help the Rougarou cause.
Hutchinson, who plays third base, wasn’t the only Rougarou hero of the night. It was Brennan Lambert who knocked a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 5. He also hit a double and scored the team’s first run in the bottom of the second. Sonny Brandwood, who threw the final two scoreless innings, picked up the win.
The Rougarou led 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning when the River Monsters scored four runs on three hits. Baton Rouge regained two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Monray Van der Walt was hit by a pitch, advanced and scored on an error by the Seguin pitcher. Brayden Caskey singled, stole second, went to third on another error and scored on another.
Seguin made it 5-3 in the top of the sixth inning with the help of a Rougarou error, a hit and a pair of walks. But the Rougarou rallied in the bottom of the eighth when Derrald Moore Jr. led off with a walk and Eason singled. Lambert came through with his clutch 2-run single which tied the game at 5.
Both teams had runners at second and third in the ninth, but neither scored, sending the game into extra innings.
The Rougarou will be at home again Thursday and Friday nights at 7 p.m. against the Victoria Generals.