Elizabeth upends Northside Christian in Class C quarterfinals
CROWLEY – The Northside Christian Warriors rallied but in the end, it was too little, too late in their matchup with No. 5 seed Elizabeth Friday at Miller Stadium.
Northside rallied for two runs in the sixth inning, but Elizabeth’s early 5-1 lead was too much to overcome as the Warriors were eliminated from the playoffs, 5-3.
“We had a few chances today, we just couldn’t come across with the timely hit,” said Northside coach Lane Marceaux, whose No. 4-ranked Warriors finished the season with a record of 17-9. “That early lead, we just couldn’t overcome that.”
Elizabeth pitcher Garrett Deuzat had a lot to do with Northside’s offensive struggles.
The southpaw baffled the Warriors the first five innings, limiting them to just one run on one hit.
“That guy was good,” said Marceaux of Deuzat. “He was really on today.”
Deuzat struck out six in the first five frames before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth.
“Both teams played good defense today,” said Elizabeth coach Rhon Morgan, whose squad advances to take on Family Christian on Friday in a Class C semifinal contest at Bringhurst Ballpark in Alexandria.
“Good pitching overcomes good hitting and it happened here today.”
Deuzat helped his own cause in the second inning when he drove a 3-1 fastball from Northside starting pitcher Pierce Rivera over the right field wall for a solo home run.
Rivera, who sat the Bulldogs down in order in the first inning, then gave up a single to Jordan Sutterfield, who was thrown out by NCS catcher Nick Zaunbrecher two pitches later on a steal attempt.
Rivera struck out the next hitter and then got a flyout to end the inning.
The Bulldogs added to their lead in the third inning after Kelly Friday led off the frame with a triple. Following a strikeout, Daniel Reed executed a squeeze bunt for a hit to plate another run. Zach Earl then walked and both runners eventually crossed the plate to give Elizabeth a 4-1 advantage.
“The third inning was big for us,” said Morgan. “Once we got the squeeze bunt down, it opened it up for us and we got some big hits at the right time.”
Josh Wheeler took over for Rivera in the middle of the third and held the Bulldogs in check until the sixth when he gave up one run on a hit, a walk and a passed ball.
The Warriors responded in the bottom of the sixth when Jon Riley Mouton drew a leadoff walk and Brad Ancelet singled up the middle. Joseph Trahan recorded a one-out RBI single to center and Rivera logged a sacrifce fly to center field to plate another run.
However, Trahan was left stranded at third when Cameron Williams flew out to center.
The Warriors threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Jordan Monte led off the frame with a single to center but Nick Zaunbrecher followed with a grounder to shortstop that resulted in a double play.
Deuzat then recorded a strikeout to preserve the victory.
Rivera suffered the loss, giving up four runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out three in 2 1/3 innings.
Wheeler worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out five.
Trahan pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up no runs on no hits and three walks. He struck out three.
Ancelet, Trahan, Monte and Zaunbrecher each had one hit for the Warriors in the loss.