Baseball Report: STA wins by run rule, Northlake Christian and PJP II split a pair

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Area Prep Baseball Report for Saturday, April 6

It has not been the best of seasons for Pope John Paul II, to this point, but the Jaguars were at their very best Friday in Covington in game two of a doubleheader.

Pope John Paul II whipped Northlake Christian 13-3 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule to split the two-game District 9-2A series with the Wolverines. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for Northlake Christian and handed the district leader its first league loss.

The Jaguars scored a run in the top of the first and two in the top of the second to lead 3-0. Northlake Christian answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game 3-3.

It stayed that way until the top of the fourth when the Jaguars batted round and put up 10 runs to break the game wide open and held the Wolverines scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings to end it.

Brady Pisciotta had three hits and three RBI while DJ Ema had three hits and two RBI to pace the Jaguars offense. Tommy Bryars had a hit and two RBI and Robbie Worchel had a hit and an RBI. Collin Cahill drove in a run as well for Pope John Paul II.

Mason Isabelle went three and two-thirds innings to pick up the win, allowing no runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out four. Sam Acosta and Cole Bilbo each drove in a run for the Wolverines, who were held to just two hits, one each by Bret Clement and Kyle McSpaddin. Nick Tarantino took the loss in relief for Northlake Christian, who fell into a first place tie in 9-2A with Pine with the defeat.

In game one, the Wolverines prevailed 5-4, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to walk it off after the Jaguars had scored three in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Justin Ethridge had two hits and two RBI while Adam Mosher had a hit and an RBI for the Wolverines. Ethridge went the distance to pick up the win, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out nine. Cahill took the loss for the Jaguars. Pisciotta had three hits and an RBI while Cahill had a hit and an RBI.

Pope John Paul II (7-14, 4-4) is back in action today at powerful Lakeshore at 1 p.m. while Northlake Christian (16-8, 5-1) returns to 9-2A action Tuesday at Pine at 6 p.m. in a showdown for first place in the district.

At Hammond, St. Thomas Aquinas won the District 10-2 showdown with Springfield easily with a 12-2 victory in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.

Parker had two hits and three RBI to pace the STA offense and John Blanchard added three RBI.

Parker Stewart put the Falcons on top in the bottom of the first with an RBI double to make it 1-0 but the Bulldogs answered with two runs in the top of the second on an error and when Bryce Vittorio stole home to make it 2-1.

The Falcons came up with the big inning in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs. Stewart and Blanchard each had a two-run double to spark the uprising. Jordan Trapani and Matt Linn each added an RBI single in the big inning.

STA added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Luke Sweeney and sacrifice flies by Casey Artigues and Blanchard to make it 10-2.

The Falcons (17-6, 2-0) ended it in the bottom of the fifth, scoring on a throwing error and on a sacrifice fly by Artigues to end it.

Sweeney picked up the win, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked five and struck out six Bulldogs. Blake Lobell took the loss for Springfield (6-15, 0-2). Collin Hayden had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.

Area Prep Baseball Results from Friday, April 5

New Orleans Area

Chalmette 3, Higgins 0

Pope John Paul II 13, Northlake Christian 3

St. Thomas Aquinas 12, Springfield 2

Baton Rouge Area

Ascension Catholic 14, Assumption 3

Florien 3, Holden 2

Opelousas Catholic 10, Episcopal

Simpson 3, Maurepas 2

Bayou Area

Terrebonne 12, Thibodaux 9

Area Prep Baseball Schedule for Saturday, April 6

New Orleans Area

Archbishop Rummel vs. Brother Martin, 7 p.m. at Mike Miley Stadium on WGSO, 990 AM, WGSO.com

Archbishop Shaw vs. Jesuit, 6 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium

Donaldsonville vs. KIPP-B.T. Washington, 1 p.m.

Warren Easton vs. Helen Cox, 1 p.m. at Wesley Barrow Stadium

Warren Easton vs. West St. John, 3:30 p.m. at Wesley Barrow Stadium

John Ehret at Lakeshore, 3:30 p.m.

Grand Isle at Family Christian, 2 p.m.

Hammond at Mandeville, 1:30 p.m.

Haynes at Grace King, 11 a.m. at Bonnabel Stadium

Holy Cross vs. St. Augustine, 6 p.m. at Wesley Barrow Stadium

Loranger at Franklinton, 1 p.m.

Lusher vs. Ben Franklin, 11 a.m.

Lutcher at St. Charles Catholic, 11 a.m.

Newman at Archbishop Hannan, 2:30 p.m.

Northshore at Covington, 1:30 p.m.

Patrick Taylor at John Ehret, 11 a.m.

Pope John Paul II at Lakeshore, 1 p.m.

St. Paul’s at Slidell, 1:30 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area

Broadmoor at Dutchtown, 11 a.m.

Cristo Rey at White Castle, noon

Episcopal at Holy Savior Menard, noon

Landry-Walker at East Iberville, 1 p.m.

Runnels at Dunham, 11 a.m.

Zachary at Scotlandville, 1 p.m..

Bayou Area

Berwick at Abbeville, 1 p.m.

Ellender at Morgan City, noon

Jeanerette at Franklin, 1 p.m.

Patterson at North Vermilion, 11 a.m.

South Lafourche at E.D. White Catholic, 1 p.m.

Thibodaux at H.L. Bourgeois, 1 p.m.

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