YOUNGSVILLE – The Northside Christian Warriors exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning and made short work of Lafayette Christian Academy with a 14-0 run rule victory Tuesday evening at Fabacher Field.
The game was halted after the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Northside (2-1) sent 15 batters to the plate in the fifth inning and collected seven hits off LCA relievers Hez Charles and Brandon Buchta.
Charles took over for starting pitcher Tristan Wescott in the fifth inning with his team trailing 4-0. The Warriors greeted the reliever with four straight hits following a leadoff walk, including an RBI single from Nick Zaunbrecher and a run-scoring double from Trace Lemaire. A pair of walks and an error led to Charles’ departure.
Buchta took mound with one out and promptly gave up a two-run double to Jordan Monte. Zaunbrecher added a two-run double later in the frame and Christian Morgan singled in a run before Buchta finally got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Northside’s Nick Martin took over for starting pitcher Jordan Monte in the bottom of the fifth and set the Knights down in order thanks to a heads up play by right fielder Dillon Hayes.
Marin hit Brent Jackson to start the bottom of the fifth inning but Hayes, an eighth grader, made a running catch on a shallow fly ball off the bat of Aiden Rivette and fired the ball to first base to complete an unconventional double play. Buchta then grounded out to first base to end the game.
Morgan led the Warriors’ 11-hit attack with a 3-for-4 performance that included two RBI. Zaunbrecher followed with two hits and four RBI and Lemaire had two hits and two RBI. Joseph Trahan also had two hits and he drove in one run with a towering home run over the left field wall in the third inning. Monte added a double and two RBI and Martin finished with a double.
Monte also picked up the victory on the mound after giving up just two hits and two walks in four innings. He stuck out four.
Northside will return to action on Friday when they travel to Reeves for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
IOTA – The Iota Bulldogs rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday to pull out a 10-9 victory over the visiting Rayne Wolves.
The Dogs (2-5) sent 10 batters to the plate in the final frame and collected six hits to earn the victory. They also took advantage of two Rayne errors and one walk.
Kyle Smith led off the frame with a walk and scored the first run on a Jon Michael Trahan fielder’s choice. Smith then closed out the game nine batters later when singled down the left field line to score courtesy runner Kevin Pousson for the game-winning run.
Smith paced the Bulldogs with a 4-for-4 performance that included a double and two RBI. Michael Reed followed with three hits and two RBI and Thevis had two hits. Trahan, Jon LeJeune, Tim Lunson and Garrett Reppond each had one hit and one RBI and Austen Montgomery rounded out the Dogs’ offense with a single.
Reppond was also credited with the victory on mound after giving up one run on one hit in one inning of relief work.
CROWLEY – The timely hits eluded the Crowley Gents Tuesday evening at Miller Stadium in their non-district contest against Mamou.
The Gents (3-4) had runners at first and second base twice with no outs but failed to get the big hit in a 4-1 loss to the Green Demons.
The Gents stranded eight runners on the night, four in scoring position, and had one runner thrown out at the plate.
Crowley’s lone run scored in the third inning when Alex LeBouef reached base on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on a single by Alex Ashby.
The Gents threatened in the sixth inning when Mackay Mouton doubled and Mickey Morgan drew a walk to start the frame. But back-to-back strikeouts and a flyout to second base ended the inning.
Then, in the seventh, Kaleb Istre was issued a walk to start the inning and LeBouef singled to start a potential rally. However, Istre was thrown out at the plate when he attempted to score on the play. Jon Riley Mouton kept the inning alive with a two-out single but a flyout to left field one batter later ended the contest.
Pate Broussard suffered the loss. He gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out five in six innings of work.
Offensively, Ashby and LeBouef each had two hits while Jon Riley Mouton and Mackay Mouton each had one.