Shreveport – The Centenary baseball team opened its regular season in 2021 with a decisive 6-1 victory Tuesday afternoon over the Louisiana College Wildcats at Shehee Stadium.
The Gents (1-0) won their ninth straight home opener and won for the fourth time in their last five home games. The Wildcats fell to 3-2 with Tuesday’s loss. Centenary played its first game since March 1, 2020 when COVID-19 limited the season to just 13 games.
Centenary came first on the board and scored a couple of runs at the bottom of the third round with two outs to take a 2-0 lead. Senior third baseman Chris Haggard (Lake Charles, La.) Struck to start the round against Brooks Southall, who came to relive starter Andrew Robinson at the start of the round, who then went on to senior match Cody Crowder (Shepherd, Texas). Senior first baseman Preston Ludwick (Pflugerville, Texas) flew out to the right field for second out, but then junior catcher Ben’s brother (Beckville, Texas) went to put runners on first and second. Senior second baseman Tyler Erickson (Houston, Texas) then singled to the right to score Crowder, then Bridges scored, and Erickson went on to third on a mistake by the Wildcats’ right field Christian Vandergrift. Southall then became a senior Tyler Welch (Alexandria, La.) For a reason to end the round.
The Wildcats finally came on the scoreboard at the top of the seventh, and got a run to cut the men’s lead in two at 2-1. Austin warner came on in relief of Jacob Colby as the gentlemen’s fifth pitcher in the afternoon who started the top half of the frame and went the first batter he met, shortstop Keelyn Johnson. He was immediately replaced by a second-year student Parker Primeaux (Lake Charles, La.) Who immediately allowed a single to designated hitter Dane Pedersen, putting runners on first and second without outs. Primals then knocked out Brayden Corley for the first time, but went to Ty Morgan to load the bases. Left-back Clint Stephens reached on an infield that scored Johnson to tie the game. Primeaux, however, got second baseman Nick Moreau on a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat and the inning and keep the match tied.
The Gents then put away the fight with a four-run bottom of the seventh. Crowder delivered an RBI double, Ludwick beat Crowder, Bridges scored on a foul, and Erickson tore a triple to the left center of the men’s sixth and final run. Centenary used eight pitchers in the senior game Conner Pocket (Lutcher, La.), Centenary’s second pitcher in the afternoon, and picked up the win when he hit two innings and allowed no runs on one hit and knocked out three. Senior Connor Lee (Sugarland, Texas) started the game and went one inning and registered a strike. The Wildcats used six boxes with Southall taking the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season.
Centenary finished with 12 hits while the Wildcats mustered just five and injured themselves with four errors. Louisiana College also hit six doubles. Gents pitchers combined for eight strikes with just three trips, and each team left seven men at base. Five Centenary players (Erickson, Haggard, Ludwick, senior Luke Royle (Dodge City, Kan.) And Welch) collected two hits each. Crowder went 1-3 with an RBI, a turn and two goals. Pedersen went 2-4 to lead the wildcats’ offense.
The men stay at home this week when they meet the ETBU Tigers on Friday February. 12 at 18 Gents opens SCAC games on Friday 19. March at Austin College. The SCAC Baseball Tournament in 2021 will be held May 7-9 at The Depot at Cleburne Station.
Live statistics and live video are available for all home competitions.
A link to the men’s complete schedule for 2021 can be found here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/bsb/2020-21/plan