Nortside Christian rallies past Assembly Christian
CROWLEY – For most seventh graders, the reality of stepping on the field in a varsity high school baseball game is at least two to three years away.
That’s not the case for Northside Christian’s Jon Riley Mouton.
Mouton entered Northside’s District 7-C contest against Assembly Christian of New Iberia Monday night with the game tied 7-7.
And, as fate would have it, he went to the plate with one out and runners at second and third following a walk to Jordan Monte and a double by Nick Zaunbrecher.
Mouton, a speedy outfielder, responded to the challenge, laying down a drag bunt between the pitcher and first base that went for a single and drove in what would be the eventual winning run in the Warriors’ 9-7 league victory.
“I know him,” said NCS coach Charles Ancelet of Mouton, who he has also coached in summer ball. “I know when he wants to lay it down, he’s going to lay it down. I had confidence that he would get the job done and he did.”
The Warriors added an insurance run one batter later when Zaunbrecher scored on a groundout by Shea Bertrand.
The sixth inning heroics were set up due to Northside’s inability to make plays in the fifth frame.
The Warriors led 7-0 heading into the inning, but ACS climbed back into the game courtesy of three walks and three errors that led to seven unearned runs.
“You know, I wasn’t really happy with our play defensively,” said Ancelet his squad’s five errors on the night. “We gave up a couple errors which extended the inning in the fifth and we lost a little focus.”
ACS looked as if it would rally in the top of the seventh when Tyler Hidalgo singled to start the frame. However, Hidalgo was called out one batter later when Taylor Hidalgo’s grounder to second hit him. A diving catch at shortstop by Joe Trahan and then a groundout to second base ended the contest.
“I wasn’t really happy with the way we swung the bat early in the game and the errors, naturally,” said Ancelet. “If we clean up the errors we would have put the game away earlier, but we let them back in it.
“But I was proud of them. We did let them back in the game, but we got back on top and did what we had to do to finish it off.”
Josh Wheeler earned the victory on the mound, giving no runs on just one hit in 2 2/3 innings.
Wheeler entered in relief of Pierce Rivera who gave up seven unearned runs on two hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six.
Offensively, the Warriors banged out 10 hits, nine in the final four innings.
Zaunbrecher led the charge with a 3-for-4 performance that included three doubles and two RBI. Rivera also went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Trahan and Mouton each had one hit and one RBI while Wheeler and Monte each had one hit.
The Warriors return to action Thursday when they play host to St. Joseph in another league contest. That game is slated for 4 p.m.