Retif Gets Crabby in Game One Versus Abbeville, Mayfield Completes Sweep of Doubleheader
When Kyle Crabtree was recruited to fill in on the public address system for Saturday’s American Legion doubleheader between Retif Oil and the Gulf Coast Bank 29ers (Abbeville), he couldn’t possibly have envisioned how much he’d be calling his own name.
Sure, his recently graduated brother Scott, a UNO signee, hears his name echo through the friendly confines of John Ryan stadium on a regular basis. And today was no exception. Scott scored two runs and banged an RBI triple in the opener, which the homestanding Jays won by a score of 8-0.
But Scott wasn’t the only Crabtree making noise on Saturday. Todd Crabtree, a junior pitcher, was a last-minute addition to Retif’s roster for the day, called up to bolster a bullpen that would be thin until the ACT test let out (five team members, including three pitchers, were busy until noon). Coach Joey Latino’s decision to suit up the younger Crabtree may well have saved the day for Retif.
Starter Logan Hornung left the game after two innings with soreness in his pitching elbow. Latino put Todd Crabtree on the mound, and he promptly picked up where Hornung left off. The duo combined to pitch a no hitter.
Meanwhile, Retif bats were hotter than the left field bleachers, and triples were the flavor of the day. In addition to Scott Crabtree, Trent Forshag and Josh Schmidt also chalked up three-baggers, each of which knocked in two runs. Forshag finished with three RBIs in the first game to lead the Jays. Harrison Daste and Daniel Edmund also had RBI singles.
In Game Two, it was the Mason Mayfield show. The senior pitcher traded in his ACT pencils for a glove and tossed a complete game, giving up only one run in the top of the seventh en route to the win. For a while, fans were even daring to whisper about the possibility of two no-hitters as Mayfield pitched the first four without yielding a hit. But Abbeville ended that possibility with a pair of hits in the fifth.
Again in Game Two, Retif’s bats gave their pitcher plenty of support, scoring five runs. Two of those came in the bottom of the second inning on a 335-foot home run over the left field wall by Hayden Fuentes. Stephen Sepcich, Trent Forshag and Chance Melancon also had RBIs in Game Two. Sepcich and Forshag had RBI singles in the second and 6th innings, respectively. Melancon, meanwhile, got his RBI the hard way, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth.
The wins were the fourth and fifth in a row for Retif, which has battled back from a 1-4 start on the season to a very respectable 6-4 record heading into next week’s action. The Jays next take to the field on Monday night, June 15, at Kirsch Rooney Stadium on the Delgado Community College campus for a contest with First NBC (John Ehret). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.