Houma Christian capitalizes on Crescent City's mistakes in 5-1 win
Tue. April 03, 2012 at 11:01 a.m. | By Mike Wagenheim/Sports Correspondent
An error opened the door, and Connor Bates and his Houma Christian teammates stormed through it.
The Warriors took advantage of an early Crescent City miscue, defeating the Pioneers by a 5-1 final in District 10-A play at Southland Field on Monday.
Bates tossed a two-hitter, allowing just an unearned run, while his two-out triple in the home half of the first inning allowed Bradley Lovell to step to the plate. His ground ball bounced off the body of Crescent City (9-11 overall, 2-2 in district) second baseman Nick Studdard, plating Bates. After two walks by Pioneer hurler Blake Qinlivan loaded the bases, Houma Christian (10-10, 3-2 in district) leftfielder Tyler Crochet delivered a two-run bloop single. The three-run frame would provide Bates with all he needed and then some.
"That's been our M.O. all year, unfortunately," Pioneers coach Will Young said. "We just seem to shoot ourselves in the foot. Houma Christian took advantage. They pitched well, played solid defense and came up with the timely hit."
Quinlivan settled in, allowing just two soft hits over the next four innings. But his offense managed little against Bates. Crescent City's Justin Arceri grounded in Matt Swalley in the fourth after Swalley reached on a misjudged fly ball. Bates finished with three walks and three strikeouts.
"He's just a freshman, but he's been doing an excellent job on the mound," Houma Christian coach Chuck Battaglia said. "He's throwing the ball with confidence and letting his mechanics do the work for him."
The Warriors added a pair of runs in the sixth. With one out and two runners in scoring position, Sam Trosclair laid down a textbook squeeze bunt. Cody Collie came home. Then, Trosclair, realizing no one was covering second base, took off. Crescent City third baseman Tyler Ortiz attempted to throw him out, allowing Crochet to race across the plate, as well.
"That was just a great job by Sam handling a high pitch and getting the bunt down," said Battaglia. "We just kept putting pressure on (Crescent City) and it paid off in the end."
An error, walk and hit batsman loaded the bases for the Pioneers in the seventh before Bates induced Quinlivan into a fly out to end the contest.
"That early lead just made me comfortable," Bates said. "I was able to make those mistakes late and get away with them. I thought the key was that I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes and stayed ahead."
Young was complimentary of the Warriors' young arm.
"I tip my cap to him," Young. said. "He changed speeds. He located his fastballs. There just wasn't much we could do."
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 16, HIGHLAND BAPTIST 4
At Houma, the Lions exploded for 12 runs in the first three innings and cruised to the win on Tuesday. The game was stopped in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Rustin Guidry led the Lions (8-11) with three hits, three RBIs and three stolen bases. Six hitters combined for 11 hits, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored.
The Lions finished with 15 stolen bases. Daniel Authement had three steals, and Mark Mimnagh and Zachary Folmer each finished with two.
Folmer was the winning pitcher, and Braxton Matthews pitched in relief.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC AT ST. JAMES, POSTPONED
Due to rain, Monday's District 7-3A game between E.D. White Catholic and St. James was postponed. The teams will meet at 4 p.m. today at St. James.