Top-seeded Warriors cruise past Pleasant Hill
Northside Christian catcher Nicholas Zaunbrecher gets set to fire a throw down to second base during the Warriors’ 17-1 Class C regional playoff victory over Pleasant Hill Monday at Miller Stadium.
CROWLEY – For half an inning Monday, the Pleasant Hill Eagles’ hopes of pulling off a major upset over No. 1 Northside Christian didn’t look as impossible as it seemed.
The Eagles got a single from their second batter, who promptly stole his way around to third base and then scored on a throwing error in the top of the first.
That, however, was the only high point for the No. 16 Eagles.
Reality set in after that and the Warriors pushed across runs in each of the next four innings to cruise to a 17-1 Class C regional round playoff victory at Miller Stadium.
So much for early momentum.
The Warriors jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first two innings and they exploded for 10 more runs in the third.
The Warriors sent 16 batters to the plate in the third inning, one in which there were six hits, including two by starting pitcher Jordan Monte - a triple and a single - and a two-run single by Christian Morgan.
The Eagles aided in the onslaught by walking five and committing five errors.
The Warriors added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Luke Abshire led off the frame with a double and he eventually scored on a wild pitch while Dustin Hernandez reached base on an error and also scored on a wild pitch.
Joseph Trahan, pitching in relief of Monte, closed out the game in the top of the fifth inning with three straight strikeouts.
Monte pitched the first three innings and allowed one run on one hit while striking out eight. Trahan worked the final two innings and struck out five while hitting two batters.
Offensively, the Warriors collected nine hits on the day.
Monte led the charge with two hits, including a triple, while Bradley Ancelet had a triple and an RBI. Morgan and Dillon Hayes followed with a single and two RBI each while Trahan and Nicholas Zaunbrecher each had one hit and one RBI. Abshire added a double and Nick Martin rounded out the offense with a single.
The Warriors will now travel to Reeves on Friday to take on the No 9 seeded Raiders in a quarterfinal contest at 5 p.m.