Northside Christian slips past St. Joseph's

CROWLEY – The Northside Christian Warriors struck for four runs in the middle innings and held off a late charge to slip past St. Joseph, 4-1, Thursday in a pivotal District 5-C contest at Miller Stadium.

The Warriors improved to 8-6 overall and 5-2 in league play with the victory while St. Joseph’s fell to 3-14 and 2-5.

“A win is a win and we’ll take it, but it wasn’t a very pretty one,” said NCS coach Lane Marceaux following the victory. “We’ve just kind of been struggling at the plate lately and we haven’t been hitting the ball real well.”

The Warriors had opportunities to pull away early on, but they left runners stranded in scoring position in the first and second innings. They left five runners stranded on the day.

“Fortunately, we were able to take advantage of a few of their mistakes today,” said Marceaux. “They are a scrappy team and they kept battling. We just couldn’t put them away when we had our chances.

“We’re just not where I thought we would be at this point. Hopefully the bats will come around and we can get to that point in the next two weeks before the playoffs start.”

The Warriors collected just one hit off St. Joseph ’s hurler Aubrey Chenevert in the first two innings, but they tagged him for two hits and took advantage of two errors to plate two runs in the third.

Josh Wheeler started things with a one-out single to right center field and Nick Zaunbrecher drove him home with a single to left two batters later. Zaunbrecher then stole second and advanced to third when the throw from the catcher sailed into the outfield.

Another error on the throw in allowed Zaunbrecher to score and give the Warriors a 2-0 advantage.

Another error in the fourth inning led to the Warriors’ third run of the game when Ben Morgan reached base on a one-out miscue by St. Joseph ’s first baseman, stole second and third base and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

St. Joseph’s sixth and final error occured in the fifth inning and led to yet another NCS run. Josh Wheeler’s fly ball to right field to lead off the inning was dropped, allowing him to reach second base. Two batters later, Zaunbrecher came through with another clutch hit, a double to left, to plate Wheeler.

St. Joseph’s scored their only run in the top of the sixh when Hunter Gremillion singled and eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

Nortside also got out of a potential jam in the top of the seventh inning when St. Joseph ’s loaded the bases with one out. The Warriors were able to end the threat when Wheeler, pitching in relief, struck out Gremillion for the second out. On the strikeout, the Warriors caught Chip Toledo in a rundown at third base and Zaunbrecher tagged him out at the plate to end the game.

Zaunbrecher led the Warriors with two hits and two RBI while Wheeler and Ben Morgan each had one hit.

Gremillion, Toledo, Nick Andrus and Ryan Armand each had one hit for St. Joseph’s.

Northside took on Crowley yesterday but results of that contest were not available at press time.

The Warriors return to action Monday when they travel to New Iberia to take on Assembly Christian in another league contest.

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