Errors, stranded runners doom Broncos against Rams

By By Troy LaFleur / American Press

MOSS BLUFF — Stranded runners were the story of the night at Sam Houston High School as the Broncos fell 2-1 to District 3-5A

foe Acadiana.

The Broncos (16-11, 5-5) left a total of nine baserunners on the bags Tuesday evening, including two as the game ended with

a Peyton McLemore strikeout. In the final inning the Broncos, down 2-0 at the time, loaded the bases with one out but only

managed to convert one run which came in the form of a Jacob Stracner sacrifice fly that brought home Garrett Powell.

In the third and fifth innings the Broncos left men stranded on third base both times.

For the Wreckin’ Rams (18-10, 6-4) the win improves their chances of hosting a home playoff game, and keeps them alive in

the District 3-5A race for at least one more game.

“This was a really big win for us,” said Acadiana head coach Jay Hodges. “Any time you come to Calcasieu parish to play —

whether it be Sam Houston, Barbe or Sulphur — it is going to be tough because they all have great programs.”

McLemore, who pitched seven innings and struck out five, did a good job of shutting the Rams down. But, four errors from the

Sam Houston infield kept Acadiana alive.

The first of those errors came in the top of the third when Tyler Laporte reached on a fielding error. He would be bunted

over to second on a sacrifice by Devon Boutin before reaching third on a passed ball. He was driven home by older brother

Tristan later in the inning.

Laporte scored Acadiana’s second run in the fifth inning after reaching on a single. He advanced to third on a throwing error

and reached home on a two-out infield error.

Acadiana pitcher Derek Boutin picked up the win. He went seven innings and struck out six Broncos.

“Derek really set the tone for us today,” Hodges said.

Cliff Reid led the way for the Broncos at the plate, finishing 2-for-4.