By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Acadiana Cane Cutters scored all the runs they needed in the first inning to take a 4-3 win over the Baton Rouge Rougarou Monday night at Pete Goldsby Field.
The Cane Cutters batted around in the first inning and scored four runs on two hits, including two doubles. The first came with no one on base, but the second, by Kade Turnage, came with bases loaded. The Cane Cutters also took advantage of three walks and a hit batter in the inning.
The Rougarou tried to play catchup all night after that, scoring single runs in the second, third and sixth inning, but leaving bases loaded in the second and fifth innings.
Josh Shelly went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple in the sixth, but he was the only player with more than one hit. T.J. Grines hit a double in the bottom of the eighth but was left stranded.
The Rougarou pitching staff did keep the Cane Cutters from scoring after that rough first inning. Starter Nic Bronzini gave up all four runs, all of them earned, on two hits and three walks. Jack Hill pitched the next 5 1-3 innings, giving up only three hits, walking two and striking out five. Kade Linn threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, walking one and striking out two. Cowan Alfonso closed, giving up one hit and walking one.
The Rougarou travel to Fabacher Field to play the Acadiana Cane Cutters Tuesday night then return home Wednesday to host the Seguin River Monsters.