South Beauregard used strong pitching and capitalized on Leesville's mistakes to win an interclass matchup.
Led by five strong innings from pitcher Avery Davis, the Knights defeated the Wampus Cats 9-0 Monday night at Leesville High School.
Davis struck out five and allowed one hit in his outing, allowing the guys behind him to play with more confidence.
"He's consistent and is confident," South Beauregard head coach Jeremy Deville said. "I think our team is confident when he's pitching. He competes hard and gives a chance to win every time he is on the mound. He keeps hitters off balance."
Leesville was coming in on a five-game win streak, while South Beauregard, coming off a 5-1 loss to Iowa, has been steady throughout the season, going 23-4.
"We had to come in and respond from Saturday," Deville said. "Leesville was coming in hot. I thought Avery did a good job setting the tempo on the mound. We came out swing the bats and hitting the ball hard. All-around, we played a great game today."
After two scoreless innings, South Beauregard scored six runs in the top of the third inning, scoring on a balk, a two-run single by Davis and a two-RBI single by Jesse Broussard.
"We got a few bunts down and put some guys in motion and put pressure on the defense," Deville said. "It was good to have that big inning. Our goal, every game, is to have at least one big inning."
Harley Gill came in for relief for the Wampus Cats and gave up just three hits over three innings while striking out five.
"Harley is efficient," Leesville head coach Oscar Reed said. "We know what we are going to get when he gets out there. He's our closer and the guy we like to get the ball to to get three outs. He had to come in earlier than expected."
The Knights scored two more in the top of the fourth on a single by Davis, who would later score on a wild pitch.
South Beauregard scored its final run in the top of the when Dylan Jimenez scored on a single by Broussard.
The Wampus Cats finished with two hits and only had four runners in scoring position during the game.
"Physically, we have talent," Reed said. "We have bright kids, and we've proved that in the classroom. Ability-wise, we are fine. We are losing the mental war. We have lost it several times this season. That was our word all week last week. We wanted to eliminate those mistakes, but tonight, we compounded those mistakes. We made them every inning."
Despite the loss, Reed took some good things away from his team's performance.
"You can always take something positive from a win or a loss," he said. "You probably learn more from the losses. The positive, there weren't many, was the that the guys never quit. It was ugly, and this was probably the worst we've played all season. The only thing you can take from a 9-0 loss when the offense isn't going and things are going bad defensively for you, is that you look for who is still going to play hard. We still had some guys, if not all, playing hard."