The Hahnville-based Otto Candies American Legion baseball team made a lasting impression in their first trip to the Mid-South Regional, beating state champions from Oklahoma and Mississippi to begin the tournament.
Though the squad was eventually eliminated, it took a team from Tennessee 15 innings to knock off Otto Candies.
Hahnville 8 Oklahoma 7
Oklahoma took a 2-0 lead into the top of the third inning, but Otto Candies battled back with four runs in the bottom of the frame. With the bases loaded, Tyler Lamers singled to right field to score Cody Farrell and Mike Ford. Brooks Vial brought home two more runs with another single to right field.
Otto Candies added to their lead with a run in the fourth inning and scored three runs on two hits in the fifth to secure the victory.
Vial led the team from the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Lamers finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Travis Faucheux and Tyler Simmons also drove in runs in the game.
Vial picked up the win, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in 7.1 innings of work. He struck out five in the game. Simmons earned the save, giving up one hit and no runs in 1.2 innings.
Hahnville 2 Mississippi 1
While Otto Candies got the better of Oklahoma in a shootout, they used an impressive pitching performance from Lamers and some key hits to knock off Mississippi.
Otto Candies struck first in the bottom of the second. Dylan Keller drew a walk on a 3-2 count and advanced to third after Kyle Plaissance laced a single to right field. Keller scored on a sacrifice fly by Ty Cologne.
Mississippi tied the game in the third inning, but Otto Candies plated what would prove to be the winning run in the fourth.
Keller again got Otto Candies started by drawing a walk on a 3-2 count. Plaissance reached on a fielder’s choice and both runners advanced a base due to a throwing error. Cologne blasted a shot to short that gave Keller enough time to score from third and give Otto Candies a 2-1 lead.
Hahnville’s Lamers cruised from that point on, striking out six and scattering seven hits in nine innings.
Farrell led Otto Candies from the plate, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Lamers finished 2-for-4, while Keller was 1-for-2 with two walks. Cologne finished with two RBIs.
Hahnville 2 Jesuit 12
Otto Candies couldn’t seem to catch a break when they faced Jesuit-based Retif Oil in Game 3.
Retif Oil jumped on top of Otto Candies 8-0 after four innings, and it wasn’t until the sixth frame that Hahnville finally got on the board by scoring two runs. Simmons and Farrell walked to start the inning and Ford was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Connor Lorio lined a shot to second to plate Farrell. Lamers singled to left to bring in the other run.
But that was as much offense as Otto Candies could muster. Retif Oil went on to score four more runs over the last two innings to take the victory. They would go on to win the regional.
Hahnville 11 Tennessee 12
Otto Candies’ run in the regional came to an end in heartbreaking fashion when Tennessee scored a run in the bottom of the 15th inning to claim a 12-11 victory.
Tennessee started hot, scoring five runs before Otto Candies got on the board with a run in the third.
Hahnville trimmed Tennessee’s lead even more in the fourth, scoring three runs. Two of those runs came on a single to left center by Farrell, while Ford drove in another with a liner down the infield line.
Otto Candies couldn’t slow Tennessee down though, with the squad from Columbia taking an 11-6 lead into the seventh inning. That’s when the Hahnville magic began.
Keller was hit by a pitch to start the seventh and advanced to third on a single to right by Cologne. Faucheux followed with a single of his own to plate Keller and make the score 11-7.
Farrell drew a walk to load the bases and Cologne brought in Otto Candies’ second run of the inning when he scored on a wild pitch. Ford followed with a single to score Faucheux, and Lorio reached on a fielder’s choice to bring home the final run of the frame. After that, Hahnville only trailed by one at 11-10.
They would tie up the game an inning later.
Cologne singled to left to start the eighth inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Faucheux. Cologne stole third and came home on a single to center by Ford.
For the next six innings, neither team gained the advantage due to solid pitching from both sides. Tennessee’s Austin Bryant finally gave his team the win with a single in the bottom of the 15th. It was his only hit of the game.
Simmons suffered the loss for Otto Candies, giving up four hits and one run in 1.2 innings. Vial saw 10 innings of action, giving up seven hits and five runs. Zachary Calhoun also took the mound for Hahnville and gave up six runs on four hits in three innings.
Ford led Otto Candies from the plate, going 4-for-8 with three RBIs. Faucheux finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Farrell went 2-for-6 with two RBIs. Lorio also finished with two RBIs and Cologne drove in a run after going 4-for-7 from the plate.