All the pitchers involved in Monday night's contest between South Beauregard and Simpson pounded the strike zone and mixed up pitches.
However, the South Beauregard offense made a few more plays to defeat the Broncos 2-0 Monday afternoon in Simpson.
South Beauregard pitcher Chase Fisher threw all seven innings, giving up three hits and striking out six to lead the Knights to the win.
"He threw well," South Beauregard head coach Jeremy Deville said. "He threw a 70-pitch shutout. I'll take that any day. He threw strikes, and we played defense behind him. Our pitching and defense was great today. We came to play.
"We have a good defense behind him, and I think that helps him. That's the story of our season: we play good defense and have good pitching."
The Knights jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a fly out by Dylan Jimenez that scored a tagging Leland Broussard from third.
After the first inning, Simpson pitcher Tanner Yates found his rhythm, striking out six South Beauregard batters and giving up three hits until leaving the game in the sixth inning.
"He threw strikes with his breaking ball," Simpson head coach Austin Cox said. "He mixed it in well and kept them off balance a little bit. The defense played well behind him. We didn't try to do too much. We just played our game."
South Beauregard's Avery Davis opened up the sixth inning with a double and would score on an error to make it 2-0, but Dustin Williams, who replaced Yates, got out of the inning with a strikeout and ground ball.
Williams went two inning, allowing one hit, and gave a similar look on the mound to Yates.
"We don't have anyone who is going to go up there and blow it by people," Cox said. "We have to hit spots and let the defense work. Both of them did outstanding tonight."
Simpson opened up the six with a leadoff double by freshman Preston Miller, but he was thrown out on an attempted steal to get the Broncos out of the scoring position.
Simpson (9-11, 1-0) was unable to get a batter past first base in the seventh inning as Fisher completed the shutout for South Beauregard.
"As a coach, it's bittersweet and you can't get on to your guys too much, because we hit line drives to the outfield, and their guys made plays and ran them down," Cox said. "Their pitcher pounded the zone and did an outstanding job."
The Simpson basketball team made it to the state championship, leaving the Broncos without some of its players through the first six games. Cox feels like the guys are coming around midseason form.
"I feel like we're starting to get there," Cox said. "We still have some adjustments to make, but early on they were out of rhythm and timing was an issue. Missing the preseason hurts, and they can't really get into a rhythm until they get the reps that the rest of these guys got. We're getting there."
South Beauregard, the defending Class 3A champions, has leaned on its defense and pitching to get out to a 20-3 record, despite losing all of its starters from the championship team.
"I knew they were going to compete hard," Deville said. "They just find ways to win. They think they can beat anybody. I think the pitching has been really good. We have six or seven guys that on any given night can get it done. If we keep improving offensively, we can make a run."