Crowley tops Northside Christian
CROWLEY – For the second time this season, the Northside Chritian Warriors gave the Crowley Gents all they could handle in a non-district contest.
And for the second time, the Gents held off the resilient Warriors in the late innings to claim a hard fought 7-4 victory.
Crowley improved to 13-10-1 overall with the victory.
The Warriors, who dropped a 9-6 decision to the Gents just two weeks ago, fell to 12-8 on the year.
Crowley hurler Blake Thibodeaux gave the Warriors fits early on, striking out seven batters in the first three innings while allowing just two base runners on a single and a walk.
NCS’ Pierce Rivera also held his own, limiting the Gents to two hits in the first two frames before surrendering two runs in the third.
Philip Artall got things going for Crowley with a single before eventually scoring on a single to center by Brody Deshotel. Chad Hoffpauir then singled to right to plate Deshotel.
Northside answered in the fourth when Rivera reached on an error and scored on another miscue by the Gents.
Deshotel got the run back in the fifth inning when he led off the frame with a home run to left field. Hoffpauir then doubled and scored on a groundout by Mickey Morgan.
Rivera helped his cause with a solo home run to left in the sixth inning but Crowley added three more runs in the bottom of the frame on four hits, including a triple from Taylor Doughty.
Northside rallied in the seventh, plating one run before Joe Trahan flew out to second base with runners at second and third to end the game.
Thibodeaux earned the victory, giving up four runs on six hits. He struck out 10.
Steven Bertrand was credited with the save after facing one batter in the seventh.
Rivera suffered the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits. He struck out six in 4 1/3 innings.
Artall had three hits for the Gents while Doughty, Deshotel, Hoffpauir and Andre Mills each had two. Bertrand also had a single.
Trahan had two hits for the Warriors and Rivera, Josh Wheeler, Bradley Ancelet and Grant Williams each had one.