By Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer
The Rougarou bats came to life Thursday night, especially in the seventh inning, to push Baton Rouge past the Seguin River Monsters, 7-3 at Smokey Joe Williams Field.
Trailing 3-1 after six innings of play, the Rougarou scored five runs on three hits in the seventh inning to take a 6-3 lead they would not give up. The Roux added one more run in the top of the eighth for good measure.
After a Sea Monsters pitching change, Derrald Moore Jr. started the rally with a two-out walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Reed Eason walked then Moore scored on a wild pitch to Brayden Caskey, who drew another walk.
After another Sea Monsters pitching change, J.T. Taylor doubled to score Eason and Caskey. Lane Hutchinson was hit by a pitch then Elliot Hebert singled to score Taylor. Brennan Lambert singled to score Hutchinson. But, after another pitching change, Landrey Wilkerson flied out to end the rally.
In the eighth, Monray Van de Walt walked, Moore walked and Eason singled to load the bases. Van der Walt scored on a single by Taylor.
The Rougarou got their first run in the third inning when Eason walked, Caskey walked and Lane Hutchinson singled.
The Rougarou finished with 10 hits off of five different Seguin pitchers. Baton Rouge batters also walked nine times and one was hit by a pitch. Eason went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Taylor went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and one run scored. Hebert went 2-for-5 with one RBI and Lambert went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Starting pitcher Jaden Brasseaux threw five innings, giving up three runs, all earned, on six hits. He walked four and struck out five. Ethan Brister threw 2 2/3 innings, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out two. Sonny Brandwood closed it out with one hitless, scoreless inning, striking out two.
The Rougarou travel to Victoria to take on the Generals on Friday at 7 p.m. at Riverside Stadium.