Halimar can't complete comeback in 7-5 loss

Halimar Shipyard (Central Catholic) third baseman Blake Hidalgo makes a throw to first base for an out during the squad’s contest against South Louisiana Bank (South Terrebonne) Thursday in first-round action at the
Swampland League Tournament in Berwick. Halimar could not complete a comeback as it was eliminated with a 7-5 loss. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

By GEOFF STOUTE gstoute@daily-review.com

Central Catholic-based Halimar Shipyard nearly worked its way out of a three-run deficit to South Terrebonne-based South Louisiana Bank in opening round action of the Swampland League tournament Thursday.
But No. 5 seed South Louisiana Bank’s relief duo of Gavin Hebert and Kade Breaux kept No. 4 Halimar from completing a comeback en route to a 7-5 victory in a mild upset win Thursday.
Halimar (9-5) had the tying run at third base in the fifth and sixth innings and runners on second and first base in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Each time, however, South Louisiana Bank’s relievers were up to the task as Hebert escaped the fifth and sixth inning threats, while Breaux got out of the seventh inning unscathed for the win.
South Louisiana Bank (9-5-1) now will continue tournament play today when it faces No. 1 seed Jester’s Court, who received a first-round bye, in a 7 p.m. contest.
In Thursday’s contest, Halimar got on the board early with three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
With Sage Thibodeaux on third base, Blake Hidalgo doubled to centerfield to score Thibodeaux for the first run.
Two batters later, Hidalgo scored on Stefano Guarisco’s single to centerfield, while Tony Pennison, who had earlier singled to right field, scored on a bases loaded walk by South Louisiana Bank’s Blake Freeman to Matthew Barbier for a 3-0 advantage.
South Louisiana Bank wasted little time responding as the Bourg-based team scored six runs in the top of the fourth on a run-scoring hit by Tyler Crochet, when Halimar pitcher Charlie Barron hit Hebert with a pitch
with the bases loaded, a two-run double to left field by Landon Trahan and a two-run single to right field by Caleb Pellegrin.
The score remained the same until Halimar plated single runs each in the fourth and fifth innings.
However, the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings both ended with Halimar players grounding out with the potential tying run
at third base.
South Louisiana Bank added a single run in the top of the seventh inning.
While Halimar got two runners on with one out, Breaux ended the threat with a strike out and a ground out.
Tyler Crochet was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for South Louisiana Bank, while Landon Trahan was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Other top contributors were Freeman, 1-for-4, a double and an
RBI; Caleb Pellegrin, 1-for-3, two RBIs; and Logan Soulet, 2-for-3.
Freeman earned the win for South Louisiana Bank. In three innings, he allowed three runs and fanned three.
Hebert pitched three innings of relief and surrendered two runs and fanned two.
Breaux earned the save as he pitched an inning and struck out three.
Guarisco led Halimar with a 2-for-4 performance, while Hidalgo was 1-for-4 with a double.
Barron suffered the loss after pitching a complete game. In seven innings, he surrendered seven runs and fanned eight.
In other first-round action Thursday, Terrebonne High-based Diamondbacks, the No. 3 seed, eliminated No. 6 seed and Vandebilt Catholic-based Robichaux Ford, 3-2.
The Diamondbacks will play No. 2 seed Synergy Bank in today’s first semifinal, set for 5 p.m. in Berwick.
The winners of the two semifinal contests will meet Saturday in the championship. A game time will be determined after today’s semifinals.
Additional reporting by www.bayoupreps.com

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