Connor Barron steps to the plate with a custom made stars and stripes bat on Military Appreciation Night
Salute the Troops - Military Appreciation Night 2013 ends with the Cane Cutters sealing a close victory in front of a patriotic home town crowd
The Acadiana Cane Cutters returned home after a disappointing four-game road trip to make things right against the visiting East Texas Pump Jacks on Military Appreciation Night made possible by Acadiana Dodge, Frank’s International, and AMPOL. The Fabacher Field stands were jam-packed U.S. Military active duty personnel and veterans, as the Cutters celebrated the true heroes of our community. Fans were delighted to see the historic Americana on-site from the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum, 18th Louisiana Civil War Reenactment Unit, Victory Military Museum, and brand new trucks and Jeeps from Acadiana Dodge. The Cane Cutters went on to secure the close 5-4 win at home heading into tomorrow’s series finale.
The Cane Cutters showed excellent tenacity and resiliency in tonight’s win against the East Texas Pump Jacks. Starting pitchers Ryan Deemes of Acadiana and Jordan Price of East Texas started the game with two quick innings each, before the scoring started in the third. In the top of the third, Ryan Deemes began to labor, giving up two runs on one hit while walking three batters. One run scored on a wild pitch from Deemes and the other on a sacrifice fly from Pump Jacks catcher J.J. Robinson, putting the visiting team on top 2-0 to end the top of third inning. The Cane Cutters would respond, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the third on a Mitchell Nau two run double that caromed off the wall in left center field, tying the game at 2 runs a side at the end of three innings.
Deemes and Price both responded well following the third, pitching 1-2-3 innings each in the fourth. The scoring would continue in the fifth when Ty Marlow’s ground out to second base for the first out of the inning scored Wes Edrington from third base. The next batter, Brooks Marlow, singled, driving in Pump Jacks’ speedster Matthew Dickey from third, ending Ryan Deemes’ night after four and one third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three batters. Jason McDonald came in to relieve Deemes and finished the inning for the Cane Cutters after facing three batters in the fifth with the Pump Jacks back in the lead, 4-2. McDonald would go on to pitch two and one third innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four batters without issuing any free passes. The Cane Cutters would score another run in the fifth inning on a J.J. Robinson passed ball, cutting the lead to 4-3 and increasing the level of intensity of the game once more. Scoreless sixth innings pitched by McDonald and a tandem of Ben Mordini and Joshua Holley for East Texas heightened the tension leading into the seventh inning. McDonald started the seventh inning for the Cane Cutters, pitching for two outs before being taken out in favor of John Gremillion, who recorded the final out of the seventh inning after loading the bases. Gremillion’s one third of an inning performance would be enough to earn him the win, as the Cane Cutters were able to grab the lead in the seventh inning on RBI walks from second baseman Nick Dawson and right fielder Blake Brom, giving the Cane Cutters their first lead of the game, 5-4. The one run lead would be enough for tonight’s closing pitcher, Christian Talley, to log a two-inning save to seal the Cane Cutters’ victory over the Pump Jacks, and snap their losing skid.
Stellar performances from Brett Thornell, who had three hits in five at bats while scoring a run, and Kyle Cedotal, two hits in four at bats, also scoring a run, helped to keep the Cane Cutters’ in the driver's seat. Mitchell Nau’s big two run double with two outs in the third inning also had a significant impact on tonight's outcome. As pitching continues to improve, Cane Cutters’ fans can begin to expect more games like the one we witnessed tonight, and even more decisive wins going forward.
The Cutters will return to the diamond Sunday night to finish their two-game set with East Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Tomorrow night will be FM Bank Bark at the Park, where all fans are encouraged to bring their furry, four-legged best friend with them to Fabacher Field as the home team looks to sit, stay, and roll over the visiting Pump Jacks. Sunday night is also “Slippery Sunday”; kids can enjoy the Duhon’s Fun Jumps Waterslide for FREE from when gates open until first pitch. Keep up with all your Cane Cutters’ news and notes by Liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter @CaneCuttersBB.
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