Senior pitcher Seth Callahan wanted the opportunity to start for the Thibodaux Tigers, and when he got the call Tuesday night against the South Lafourche Tarpons, he made the most of his opportunity.
Callahan pitched a complete game and allowed no earned runs on seven hits and struck out one to help propel the Tigers to the 6-1 nondistrict win.
The senior said he came into the game just wanting to throw strikes and leaving the rest up to his defense.
“I stayed focus and wanted to come out and throw strikes,” Callahan said. “I knew my brothers had my back behind me. Our guys swung the bats well tonight so it made things a little easier for me tonight as well.”
Thibodaux coach Marc Gonzales credited his pitcher for putting the team on his back.
“We had a game plan coming in that he was going to stay away from them and hopefully get a lot of weak ground balls and pop-ups,” Gonzales said. “(Callahan) executed to perfection. He was lights out on the mound. It was good to see him set the tone for us on the mound. It really contributed to us winning this ball game.”
Thibodaux (6-8 overall) wasted little time plating its first run as an RBI double by Philip Simmons (2-for-4, one RBI) off of Tarpon starter Mark Pitre, gave the Tigers the early 1-0 lead.
The Tarpons (11-2) contributed to the next Tiger run as Pitre’s passed ball allowed Simmons to cross the plate to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the third.
South Lafourche added its first run of the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Blake Ougel (2-for-4, one RBI) following a misjudged ball in the Tiger outfield, to cut Thibodaux’s lead to 2-1 before the Tigers answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.
Noah Clement (1-for-4, two RBIs) crushed Pitre’s pitch deep over the left field wall and into the parking lot to push the Tiger’s lead to 4-1.
Two batters later, a fielder’s choice RBI by Philip Benoit, plated another Tiger run to give Thibodaux the four-run advantage.
Thibodaux added the final run of the night in the sixth, on a sacrifice fly RBI by Gavin Granier (one RBI) to push the lead to 6-1.
South Lafourche coach Andrew Ravaglia credited the Tigers for keeping his hitter off balance all night.
“(Thibodaux) played aggressive,” he said. “We just didn’t execute some of the little things and that’s a credit to their pitcher. He wasn’t a hard thrower, but he kept us off balance and we just couldn’t beat it. That’s a credit to Thibodaux and Coach Gonzales.”
Pitre received the loss for the Tarpons, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking one.
After picking up their second consecutive win after beating the E.D. White Catholic on Saturday, Gonzales said he believes his team is turning the corner at the right time.
“No better time for us to start coming together than right before district play,” Gonzales said. “We’ve been wanting to put things together. It’s nice to see us play complete baseball.”
TUESDAY’S PREP BASEBALL CAPSULES
SOUTH TERREBONNE 9, HOUMA CHRISTIAN 8 (at Bourg, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: South Terrebonne — Andre Blanchard (RBI), Connor Brunet (1-for-2, single), Nicholas Brunet (2-for-3, two singles), Cameron Hebert (RBI), Trey Gauthreaux (2-for-4, three RBIs; single to tie and take lead) and Peyton Parr (RBI); Houma Christian — Dylan Trahan (4-for-4, RBI), Mason Zeringue (1-for-3, three RBIs).
Pitching leaders: South Terrebonne — Davis Arceneaux (winning pitcher, two innings, one strikeout), Mason Hebert (starting pitcher, 1 1/3 innings, two strikeouts) and Saige Pellegrin (3 2/3 innings, three strikeouts); Houma Christian — McCade LeBlanc (four innings, five hits, four runs, three earned runs, three strikeouts, three walks), William Bergeron, Hayden Fontana and Brandt Roger all pitched.
Note: Houma Christian led 8-2 in bottom of fourth inning, but South Terrebonne used a four-run sixth inning to rally back for the win.
Records: South Terrebonne (7-6 overall); Houma Christian (10-4 overall)
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 25, ELLENDER 10, 6 INNINGS (at Houma, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: CCA — Cameron Olivier (3-for-3, four RBIs, two home runs), Devin Babin (two RBIs), Austin Champagne (RBI); Ellender — Drake Billiot (2-for-2, two RBIs), Tate Ford (two RBIs), Payton Hebert (2-for-4, RBI), Hagon Liner (2-for-3).
Pitching leaders: CCA — Adam Jenkins (five innings, 10 hits, five earned runs, six strikeouts, three walks); Ellender — Darrius Celestine (two innings, six runs, three strikeouts), Drake Billiot, Tate Ford and Blake Lebouef all pitched.
Records: CCA (10-2 overall); Ellender (2-11 overall)
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 13, ERATH 2, 5 INNINGS (at Mathews, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: Central Lafourche — Drake Babin (2-for-3, RBI, home run), Brandon Babin (3-for-4, two RBIs), Johnathan Potter (3-for-4, five RBIs, home run), Cody Dies (3-for-3, three RBIs, home run), Logan Wilcox (RBI).
Pitching leaders: Brandon Babin (complete game, five innings, four hits, two earned runs, eight strikeouts, two walks).
Records: Central Lafourche (10-6 overall); Erath (5-7 overall).
H.L. BOURGEOIS 2, WESTGATE 1 (at New Iberia, nondistrict game)
Batting leader: HLB — Peyton LeBouef (two hits)
Pitching leader: HLB — Austin Labat (seven innings, one unearned run)
Records: HLB (6-7 overall); Westgate (4-8).
TERREBONNE 5, MORGAN CITY 0 (at Morgan City, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: Terrebonne — Brennon Guidry (RBI), Jacob Zeringue (2-for-3, RBI), Mason Turner (single).
Pitching leaders: Terrebonne — Cullen Butler (six innings, two hits, no runs, 10 strikeouts, three walks) and Mason Turner (one inning, three strikeouts.
Records: Terrebonne (10-5 overall); Morgan City (7-7 overall)
ASSUMPTION 7, BERWICK 5 (at Berwick, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: Assumption — Scott Pierce (RBI), Landon Hebert (RBI), Parker Settoon (2-for-2, three RBIs), Andrew Landry (RBI).
Pitching leaders: Assumption — Cade Landry (winning pitcher, four innings, six hits, one run, one earned run, four strikeouts, one walk) and Blaine Tramonte (three innings, four hits, four runs, one strikeout, one walk)
Records: Assumption (11-2 overall); Berwick (9-4 overall)
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 12, ST. JAMES 0, 5 INNINGS (at Amelia, nondistrict game)
Batting leaders: St. James had no hits.
Pitching leaders: St. James — Rahlik Fleming (losing pitcher; one inning, six hits, 10 runs, one earned run, one strikeout) and Tyler Steib (three innings, three hits, two runs, one strikeout).
Records: St. James (3-9 overall); Central Catholic (7-5 overall)
-- Compiled by Chris Singleton/Staff Writer