South Beauregard's Cody Ivey lunges for first base, but St. Louis' Jack Boyer makes the catch Tuesday night in Longville. Ivey was called safe. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 4:49 PMLONGVILLE — Two-out hits have been a big part of the South Beauregard Golden Knights’ game this baseball season, and they used them to produce all but one of their runs in an 8-1 victory over District 4-3A foe St. Louis Tuesday evening.
The Knights (19-3, 4-0) put together two-out rallies in three separate innings, giving them an 8-0 lead after four innings.
“The kids are starting to have confidence when there are two outs,” said South Beauregard head coach Jeremy Deville. “Earlier in the year we weren’t getting the clutch hit, but now we are getting runners in scoring position and getting it done.”
The win put an extra game of distance between the district-leading Knights and St. Louis (11-12, 3-2), and in their district every win is equally important.
“This was a big game. Every district game is important, but this one was especially big,” Deville said.
Leading the way for South Beauregard was junior pitcher Nick Lee, who struck out eight batters and allowed no earned runs. He also got it done at the plate where he finished 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
“Nick set the tone for us tonight,” Deville said.
The Saints struggled at the plate for most of the night due to a mixture of Lee’s pitching and their own inconsistencies.
“We didn’t hit the ball the way we needed to,” said St. Louis head coach Stephen Wren. “We woke up in the seventh inning, but it was too late then. (Lee) is a good pitcher; he threw well, but we knew what he was going to throw and we still didn’t execute.”
Lee didn’t waste any time starting the game, retiring the St. Louis side before driving in the first two runs of the night with a double in the bottom half of the first.
In the third inning, the Knights added four runs with a two-out rally. Freshman center fielder Jansen Fontenot started the rally with a single before advancing to third on a Josh Hunt single.
Lee drove home his third run in the next at-bat with a single. After one run was walked home, D.J. Hardwick capped the rally with a two-run double.
“We put a couple balls across the plate that should have been outside and South Beauregard stuck the bat out there and the hits fell for them,” Wren said.
Brandon Hare drove home the final two South Beauregard runs in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out single.
St. Louis’ lone run came in the top of the sixth on a passed ball.
Brant McNease was the losing pitcher.