Lafayette Little League: PARK NEWS: Lafayette Advances to Waco

Friday, July 29
Lafayette Advances to Waco

Little League baseball has a pitch count, which makes it tough to throw a complete game.

Lafayette All-Star Hayden Erbe somehow was able to do it on Thursday night and coach Leland Padgett certainly appreciated it.

Erbe's complete game helped the Lafayette All-Stars claim a 6-3 victory over South Lake Charles at Broadmoor Park.

The state championship win allows Lafayette to advance to the Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco, Texas, beginning on Aug. 5.

"He has a lot of control," Padgett said. "He got his first pitch in a lot and stayed ahead of the hitters. That way he could throw his hook, which we actually call a cutter, and get them to swing at that in the dirt. He did a good job with that. He had a good fastball and a good hook."

Erbe's complete game made Padgett's job a little easier in a tense game between the two teams.

A bases-loaded walk and a two-run homer by Nick Fruge gave Lafayette a quick 3-0 lead in the third inning.

But that lead wasn't long-lasting when South Lake Charles smashed a three-run homer of its own in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game.

It stayed that way until the fifth when Michael Guidry's sacrifice fly gave Lafayette the lead for good at 4-3. Then Nate Cox blasted a two-run homer for some insurance runs in the sixth.

"It was a tight game all the way," Padgett said. "Even when there were just three outs to go, I was still worried. They have four or five guys who can knock it out of the park at any time."

Lafayette certainly had experience with the comeback ability of South Lake Charles. In the tournament's first game, Lafayette led 7-2 late and then suddenly found the tying run at the plate after a three-run home run and a walk, before hanging on 7-5.

The tournament win gave Lafayette Little League program's its second trip to Waco since the World Series appearance in Williamsport, Pa., in 2005.

Lafayette will play at

6 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday in its three pool play games in Waco.

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