Iowa takes advantage of Bulldogs' aggressiveness

By By Rhett Manuel / American Press

IOWA — After weathering an early storm, Jennings starting pitcher Evan Guillory did everything he could to give the Bulldogs

a chance to win Tuesday night.

When it was said and done, the guts the

Bulldogs showed early bit them in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Center fielder Bryce

Fontenot attempted to throw out Iowa’s Layne Armentor at third

base, but the ball sailed into the dug out, allowing Armentor

to score the winning run in a dramatic 6-5 win to open District 4-3A play.

“There’s going to be nine more like that in District 4-3A with the teams and pitchers in our district,” Iowa head coach Sean

Richard said.

It was Guillory’s turn Tuesday night. The right-hander went into extra innings for the Bulldogs (8-10, 0-1), going 723 innings and striking out 12 and giving up four hits in a no-decision. Iowa reliever Dayton Laborde picked up the win after

throwing 313 innings and striking out two. Kaleb Chaisson took the loss.

“Normally his breaking ball is not as sharp as it was tonight,” Richard said. “But, he knew he was going to have to throw

his breaking ball because we were hitting his fastball. We couldn’t lay off of it for a little while there.”

Iowa (12-5, 1-0) tagged Guillory for four runs in the fifth inning, led by a Brad Whittington two-RBI triple and Dayton Sonnier

RBI single.

The Bulldogs caught up to fading Iowa starter Thomas Lebleu in the fifth inning, responding with four runs. Catcher Joey Scogins

cleared the bases with a two RBI-double to tie the score at 4.

The teams traded dramatic runs in the

eighth inning, with Jennings designated hitter Brett Fontenot driving in

a leaping Chaisson

in the top half before Iowa’s Trendyn Richard drove in Whittington

in the bottom half to tie it at 5.

“We have seven new starters this year,” Richard said. “(With this team) it’s never say die; it’s all in. Trust in the program

and let’s just see what happens.”

Jennings loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth before a double play ended the threat and handed Jennings the

hard-luck loss.

“That’s what makes baseball so great is those endings right there,” Jennings head coach Jordan Smith said. “We did some things

throughout the game that we felt we should’ve did better to not be in that situation.”