Lafayette Little League Wins – Up Next, World Series!
The last time Lafayette's Little League team went to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania they earned the nickname "Cardiac Cajuns". This year's edition of Lafayette Little League must have a little bit of that team's DNA in their make up. After spotting the team from Pearland, Texas a 5 run read the bayou crew came roaring back to not only tie the game, but win in extra innings. Through out the Southwest regional in Waco the Lafayette team has relied on their big bats and timely hitting, tonight pitching took center stage. Pitcher Ethan Hines in relief of starter Hayden Erbe was about as masterful as a 12 year old pitcher can be. Hines gave up an RBI in the top of the fourth inning and that was all East Texas would get after jumping out to a 7-2 lead.
Then the bats for Lafayette woke up with some clutch hits and the obligatory long ball thanks to Nick Fruge whose two out three run homer in the bottom of the sixth sent the game into extra innings. With Hines shutting down the potent Pearland offense in the top of the seventh it was up to Lafayette to bring home the victory in their half of the inning. The big shot came off the unlikely bat of Cain Castille who launched a shot that landed in fair territory just inside the right field line. Castille motored his way to third only to score when the Pearland defense made a critical mistake. The throw to third was wide of the bag and Castille took advantage of the miscue to cross the plate and bring home the victory in extra innings. Travis Webb with our television partner KATC has the highlights and the game wrap up below.
Up next for the Lafayette Little League bayou crew, a date at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. That event begins August the 18th.