River Monsters hand Gumbeaux Gators first home loss

Published 11:25 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2024

A day after scoring a season-high 10 runs, the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators couldn’t find their offense until it was too late.

The Seguin River Monsters built an early 6-run lead to beat the Gators 9-7 at McNeese State’s Joe Miller Ballpark.

The loss ended the Gators’ 3-game win streak.

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The Gators’ were down 5-2 until Rashawn Galloway (Texas State) crushed a three-run home run with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

The Gators’ pitching staff pitched a 3-hit shutout Tuesday, but starter Luke Courville  (St. Louis Catholic / Bossier Parish CC) struggled in the second inning, walking or hitting three consecutive batters, leading to the River Monsters’ first run. Another scored on a wild pitch, and Juan Rivera (Dodge City CC) hit a two-run single.

The River Monsters’ had some trouble on the mound of their own in the eighth inning when Hunter Williams (San Jacinto JC) gave up three runs, two on a wild pitch and balk.

The Gators’ added two more runs on back-to-back singles by Bryce Jones (McNeese St.) and Gage Trahan (Sulphur HS / McNeese St.) in the ninth inning and loaded the bases with one out.

The Gators will hit the road today to take on the Baton Rouge Rougaroux at 7 p.m.


River Monsters 040 401 000 — 9-8-2

Gumbeaux Gators 020 000 032 — 7-4-0

PITCHING: W — Kike Cienfuegos. L — Luke Courville.

TOP HITTERS: River Monsters — Rashawn Galloway 1-4 (run, 3 RBI, HR), Juan Rivera 3-4 (run, 2 RBI), Dakota Howard 1-2 (2 runs). Gumbeaux Gators — L Lusk 1-3 (run), B Jones 1-5 (2 RBI), Gage Trahan 1-1 (run, RBI).

RECORDS: River Monsters — 2-3. Gumbeaux Gators — 3-2.