Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:43 PM by Cane Cutters Media Relations
The Acadiana Cane Cutters took on the East Texas Pumpjacks Wednesday, July
25th at Fabacher Field, and as both teams struggled to put runs on the
bored, it seemed to become almost that of a staring contest, and fortunately
for the Cane Cutters, the Pumpjacks blinked first.
The first, second, and third innings seemed to fly by rather uneventfully as
neither team were able to connect with the ball until the second inning.
Excitement started to pick up in the fourth inning when the Cane Cutters'
Will Mathis, Brett Thornell, and Andrew Brown were able to turn a 1-6-3
double play and get the 2nd and 3rd out for the inning. However, the rest of
the game it seemed that every fly ball was caught and every play at first
was on point--for 7 straight innings the score remained 0-0.
The eighth inning started with the Pumpjacks' Kevin o'Leary hitting a
two-out double. He was able to move over to third base with a wild pitch by
Will Mathis. Their inning was cut short due to a strike-out by John
Williams. The Cane Cutters started off their eighth inning line-up with
Braxton Lee who singled and then was moved over by sacrifice bunt thanks to
Mike Barbra, with Barba reaching first base due to error by the Pumpjacks
pitcher. Another sacrifice bunt by Brett Thornell moved both runners to
their consecutive bases. Mitch Nau reached first with a base on balls for
Cane Cutters in scoring position with loaded bases. Then Gabe Woods,
unfortunately, grounded out to end the inning.
Batting in the 9th inning, the Cane Cutters' Austin Roussel reached on a
walk. He was then able to move on an error by the pitch. Alan Snowden hit a
single to center field and Rousell rounded third and headed home.
Unfortunately, he was thrown out by center fielder to home. Snowden, caught
in a run-down, was then thrown out at second, causing the game to go into
The tenth inning started by a single with Braxton Lee and was followed by a
series of one-out walks leading to loaded bases for the Cane Cutters, once
again in scoring position. With two consecutive strikeouts, the inning again
came to a close with the score tied at 0-0.
Deciding to switch things up, the Cane Cutters brought in new pitcher Ben
Suit. The Pumpjacks were able to load the bases but their attempts to score
were brought to a halt when Taylor Murphy hit a two-out infield fly to end
At the bottom of the 11th. Roussel was hit by the pitch and was able to get
on base. He was then able to move to second with a sacrifice bunt by Alex
Marse and was then able to get to third with a ground out to first by
Almann Snowden. With two outs and no one else on base, Roussel was able to
make the winning run when Pumpjacks' pitcher Gerardo Esquivel threw a wild
pitch to score Rousell and end the game with Cane Cutters scoring 1, and
The Cane Cutters take on the Alexandria Aces in a Louisiana duel on Friday
at Warren Morris Night at Fabacher Field. Warren Morris hit the game
winning home run for LSU in the 1996 College World Series, and he also
played on the USA Olympic baseball team that year. So on opening ceremony
night at the Olympics, Warren Morris will be throwing out the first pitch
for the Cane Cutters, and on hand to sign some autographs. We'll wrap up
the evening with fireworks from C&G Boats, and if you wear purple and gold
to the game, you will get $1 off your ticket.