By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Baton Rouge Rougarou may have started late Saturday night, but they finished strong. The Roux rallied for three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to take a 7-6 win over the Seguin River Monsters at Pete Goldsby Field. The game was delayed an hour due to weather conditions and was originally scheduled for seven innings.
The Rougarou went into the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 5-2 against River Monsters pitcher Lalo Salinas, who held the Roux to five hits and struck out six over six innings.
But the momentum swung with a new pitcher in the seventh. Derrald Moore Jr. started with a leadoff walk, followed by a single by Brennan Holt that moved Moore to third. As Holt stole second, Moore ran home. Lane Hutchinson singled, Elliot Hebert was hit by a pitch then Brennan Lambert singled to load the bases. Landry Wilkerson hit a ball that the pitcher misplayed, allowing Hutchinson to tie the game at 5-5. The Rougarou left bases loaded to send the game into extra innings.
The River Monsters scored one run in the top of the eighth inning with the help of an error and a hit, but the Rougarou came back in the bottom of the inning. Cameron Yadon was sent to second to start the inning and advanced to third on a single by Moore. Yadon scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 6-6. Reed Eason singled then Hebert singled to send Moore home for the game-winning run.
Baton Rouge collected 12 hits on the night. Hutchinson went 3-for-5 on the night with two RBIs. Hebert, Holt, Eason and Moore each collected two hits.
Sonny Brandwood, who pitched the final two innings, got the win.
The Rougarou take on the Brazos Valley Bombers Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Pete Goldsby Field.