The Eunice High Bobcats ended their Summer League Baseball season Thursday evening at Bobcat Field by dropping an 11-5 decision to the Opelousas Catholic Vikings.
The Bobcats finished the season with only three losses, although two of those came in the last week of play. Coach Danny Soileau, though, believed that the summer season was beneficial.
“We learned a lot about the team we’ll have next season – what we’re good at, and what we need to improve on.”
Against Opelousas Catholic, the teams were scoreless through two innings thanks to the mound work of starters Spencer Noel and Hayden Pitre.
But the Vikings struck for three runs in the third against Pitre. The key hit for the Vikings was two-out, two-run double off the bat of Aaron Duplechain.
The Cats answered with three runs in the bottom of the third. Brock Miller and John Ross Johnson, and Jake Sonnier drew walks to load the bases with two out.
Pitre drove in a run by drawing a walk before Drake Fruge singled in a run.
The third run scored on an errant throw.
The Vikings regained the lead with a run in the fourth.
The runner, who had reached base after being hit by a pitch, scored on a two-out single by Logan Constantine.
Pitre completed four innings, allowing five hits, walking one, and striking out five.
Opelousas Catholic increased its lead to 7-3 with three runs in the fifth off Bobcat reliever Kalum Fruge.
An error played a key role in the inning as Fruge worked one inning, giving up two hits, two earned runs and two strikeouts.
The Cats were unable to score against Vikings’ reliever T.J. Venable as he worked the fourth and fifth innings.
Venable allowed just one hit while striking out four.
The Cats did manage single runs in the sixth and seventh against relief pitcher Jacques Savoy.
In the eighth, Drake Fruge singled, Andrew Lomas was hit by a pitch, and Scotty Bihm drew a walk.
Fruge scored when Luke Larson drew a walk. But the next two Bobcat hitters were retired without doing further damage.
In the seventh, Johnson tripled to open the inning. He scored on a ground out by Pitre.
In addition to Johnson’s triple, Drake Fruge had two hits, with Jake Sonnier, Pitre, and Miller added singles.