Elizabeth slips past Northside Christian

CROWLEY – The Northside Christian Warriors made just three errors Thursday in their district showdown with Elizabeth at Miller Stadium.

And although the errors were held to a minimum, all three proved costly.

Elizabeth scored five unearned runs, including two in the top of the sixth inning, and slipped past the home-standing Warriors, 5-4.

“The errors really hurt us tonight,” said NCS coach Lane Marceaux, whose team fell to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. “We haven’t made many errors before today, but it just caught up with us. And against them (Elizabeth), you can’t do that.”

Northside’s pitching staff was more than effective on the day.

Joseph Trahan scattered six hits and walked three but was charged with all five of the Bulldogs’ runs. He struck out 11 in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Wheeler worked the final 1 1/3 inning and gave up one hit and one walk while striking out one.

“I was pleased with our pitchers,” said Marceaux. “I thought they pitched well enough to win. We just didn’t play well behind them.”

Northside gave up an unearned run in the top of the first inning on a two-out error.

The Warriors quickly atoned for the miscue in the bottom of the frame when Jordan Monte doubled and scored on a single to center field by Nick Zaunbrecher.

However, another two-out throwing error in the third inning allowed two more runs to cross the plate and the Warriors trailed 3-1.

Elizabeth returned the favor in the bottom of the inning when Nick Martin reached on an error to start the frame. Following a strikeout, Wheeler was hit by a pitch. Trahan then came through with a clutch double down the left field line to plate two runs. Zaunbrecher followed with an RBI single to right center field to put the Warriors on top, 4-3.

The Warriors held the lead until the sixth inning before the error bug hit again.

Trahan struck out the first two batters of the frame, but the second one reached base when Northside’s catcher couldn’t handle the third strike. Another throwing error allowed one run to score and a single by Christian Perkins plated the eventual game winning run.

Northside went down in order in the final two innings to end the game.

Southpaw Garrett Dauzat earned the victory after giving up four runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out six in seven innings.

Zaunbrecher had two of the Warriors hits while Trahan, Monte and Nick Martin had one.

Perkins and Jordan Sutterfield led the Bulldogs with two hits each while Dauzat, Andrew Arnold and Kolby Friday had one each.

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