The Hahnville-based Otto Candies American Legion baseball team couldn’t hold on to a late lead and fell to Brother Martin-based Peake BMW in the semifinals of the state tournament.
Otto Candies built up an early 4-0 lead in the first five innings, but Peake slowly chipped into that score after that. With his team trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Peake’s Owen Magee knocked a double to bring in two runs and give his team a 5-4 lead.
Otto Candies wasn’t able to recover in the ninth.
"We didn’t get any runners on in the ninth. We went three up and three down," Otto Candies head coach David Baudry said.
Otto Candies, who beat Crowley 10-5 to advance to the semifinals, took an early lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Todd Porche. Porche blasted a double in the third to increase his team’s lead, and Tyler Lamers and Matt Fontenot followed with singles to put Otto Candies on top 4-0.
Peake cut into the lead in the sixth inning with singles by Cody Ducote and Magee scoring two runs. In the eighth, Magee’s late-game heroics sealed the win for Peake.
Baudry said it was a disappointing ending to a great run by Otto Candies.
"We had a lead. We were playing very well and I’ve got to give our opponents a lot of credit, they didn’t quit. They kept playing hard and it just ended up not going our way," Baudry said.
The Otto Candies team put together a few good years, but now most of the players will be moving on and the team will have to look towards the future.
"It was a wonderful experience having two years of these kids playing together. It was very rewarding. We played a lot of good baseball and they made a lot of close relationships that will last for a long time," Baudry said.
A few of the players will move on to college ball and others will have another year left in high school, but for many it will likely be the last game of their careers.
"It was a tough loss," Baudry said. "The guys that are moving on to collegiate ball really left a lasting legacy for us and proved to be good leaders. We just hope to be able to maintain the standard they set."
As far as looking forward to next year, Baudry said it is too early to start thinking about that now.
"We’re done now and getting ready for school to start," he said. "We are going to worry about that later."
|Dylan Keller slides safely into second base during the American Legion state tournament.|