BRIDGE CITY —
Byron Trahan struck out 11 batters and took a perfect game into the fifth inning as Bridge City Little League beat Groves 2-1 at the Bridge City Little League Field Friday in the finals of the District 32 12-year old tournament.
With the victory, Bridge City forced a second game to decide who advances. Groves had been previously unbeaten, coming through the winner’s bracket.
The story of the game was both pitchers, as Groves right-hander Nathan Vidrine matched Trahan for most of the game. Both struck out 11 and Vidrine struck out seven straight batters through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Both pitched a complete game, with Trahan giving up one run, two hits and one walk in six innings. Vidrine gave up six hits, two runs, no walks in six innings.
The problem for Vidrine came in the top of the third as Bridge City right fielder Chase Boneau led off with a double down the right field line. Vidrine then got two strikeouts before leadoff batter Tre Bernard singled through the right side. A strong throw from Groves left fielder Dylan McGough kept Boneau from scoring, but allowed Bernard to move up to second.
Catcher Kyle Bergeron then laced a line drive single to center. Both Boneau and Bernard were moving on contact and each scored easily, giving Bridge City a 2-0 lead.
Trahan had retired 12 straight batter, striking out seven in the first four innings before Groves cut into Bridge City’s lead. Trahan lost the perfect game with a walk to Vidrine to lead off the fifth. Trahan then lost the no-hitter on the next batter when first baseman Tyler Moran singled up the middle. That moved Vidrine to third and Moran was able to take second on the throw home.
That’s when Trahan decided to strike out the side, though he did give up a run when a wild pitch allowed Vidrine to score from third. It was also Trahan’s roughest innings as it took him 23 pitches to get through it. He also had fallen behind in the count just once before the fifth but fell behind to three different batters in that frame.
Trahan went into the sixth and final inning with just 10 pitches left before hitting the 75-pitch limit. He got a one-pitch out to lead off the frame, but a single and then a five pitch strikeout left him with just one pitch left and a batter to go to end the game.
Little League rules will allow a pitcher to finish pitching to the batter when he hits his pitch count. Trahan did that, but was able to get a groundout to first baseman Joe Adams to close out the victory.
Bridge City 2, Groves 1
Bridge City 002 000 — 2 6 0
Groves 000 010 — 1 2 0
Byron Trahan and Kyle Bergeron; Nathan Vidrine and Brandon Morse