NCS Warriors cruise past St. Joseph's
CROWLEY – Anytime Joseph Trahan toes the rubber for Northside Christian, his team knows that one run is potentially enough to win the game.
On Monday, the Warriors’ offense gave Trahan eight runs, which was more than enough as the junior hurler mowed down 12 batters and gave up just one run on two hits in an 8-1 Class C regional playoff victory over St. Joseph’s at Miller Stadium.
The Warriors (13-8) will now travel to West Monroe on Saturday for a quarterfinal contest against No. 3-seed Claiborne Christian. That game is slated for a 3 p.m. start.
“Joe is kind of dominating and we figured if we went with him, we would be able to keep the hits down,” said NCS coach Lane Marceaux. “His pitch count got a little higher than I wanted it to be, but he looked stronger later in the game and he did a good job.”
Offensively, the Warriors logged just four hits, but they were able to take advantage of three St. Joseph’s errors and use some aggressive base running to manufacture runs.
The Warriors racked up nine stolen bases and scored a pair of runs on wild pitches.
“We didn’t really tear the cover off the baseball, but we were able to make things happen,” said Marceaux. “We ran the bases well and we were able to put some pressure on them (St. Joseph’s).”
Northside took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jordan Monte singled to left field and scored on a groundout by Christian Morgan.
Trace LeMaire added to the lead in the third inning with a sacrifice fly and another run scored on an error to give the Warriors a 3-0 advantage.
The hosts pushed the lead to six runs one inning later courtesy of two walks, an error and one hit.
Dillon King started the frame with a leadoff walk and Nick Martin reached base on an error. Shea Bertrand then drew a two-out walk to load the bases and set the stage for King to score on a wild pitch. Morgan followed with a two-run single to right field to give the Warriors a 6-0 cushion.
St. Joseph’s finally got on the board in the top of the sixth inning when Nick Andrus doubled, moved to third on an error and scored on a groundout to first base by Aubrey Chenevert.
But the Warriors put the game away with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
Monte singled to start the inning and then scored on Shea Bertrand’s triple to the left center field gap. Morgan brought home the final run on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Monte pitched the final inning for the Warriors and gave up one hit while striking out two.
Monte also led the Warriors at the plate with two hits while Morgan had a single and four RBI. Bertrand tripled and drove in one run and Martin had one hit.
Andrus, Chenevert and Grant Darce each had one hit for the Eagles.