There’s no place like home.
The Baton Rouge Rougarou may not be clicking any heels together, but the team sure is happy to head back to Baton Rouge for Tuesday night’s home-opener against the Victoria Generals. First pitch is at 7 p.m. at Pete Goldsby Stadium.
The Rougarou wrapped up its first road-trip of the season on Monday with a 4-3 win over the Sequin River Monsters, giving them a 4-2 record on the season, and putting them in first place in the Texas Collegiate League. The Roux notched all four wins against the River Monsters and dropped two at Victoria.
First-year coach Wes Theriot said that although the road trip was long and difficult, it was a good experience for him and his team.
“I learned that we have a lot of guys on this team that really like to play baseball,” Theriot said. “We’ve got some competitive dudes that want to play every day, that, if they aren’t in the lineup then they’re still good teammates on the bench. It’s a really good mix of older guys and younger guys. I think going on the road kind of helped us. It wasn’t great in terms of being away at first, but it kind of brought us together away from some of the distractions at home.”
Leading the team in hitting is outfielder McNeese State signee Elliot Hebert. Named the Texas Collegiate League’s Co-Hitter of the Week, Hebert hit .462 in the first six games with 12 hits, seven runs, seven RBIs and one home run.
Right behind him is infielder John Taylor, a UL-Lafayette signee who joined the team on the road, who is hitting .444 in five games with eight hits, eight RBIs and a pair of doubles. Taylor is currently fourth in the league in batting average and leads the league in RBIs.
“We’ve been consistent offensively, our defense has been consistent, we’ve pitched really well overall,” Theriot said. “We’ve played really well.”
Getting the start on the mound tonight will be righthanded pitcher Luke McGibboney (1.80 ERA), who pitched five innings, giving up one earned run and striking out three on the road.
New team owner Ronnie Rantz said his entire staff and crew is ready for Tuesday night’s home-opener.
“I’m pumped for everybody to see all the changes and all the improvements at the ballpark and the overall experience,” Rantz said.
He is especially excited for fans to experience the Cool Zone, with 10 air-conditioned stations down the right field line and a daquiri truck on site to help fans beat the Baton Rouge heat. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 14 and under. Fans also may purchase a Family Four-Pack for $100, which allows four people to attend every home game.
Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer