Midway Awards Plus crushes Pit Stop Exxon

Peter Silas Pasqua
Midway Awards Plus’ Taylor Marcello tags out Pit Stop Exxon’s Tyler Guillory as Jesse Pizzolato backs up in the fourth inning of the Post 98’s 11-2 victory Wednesday evening.

Ross Noel crushed a three-run home run in the first inning to the tennis courts behind right field of LaLa Regira Field setting the tone for Midway Awards Plus’ 11-2 victory over Pit Stop Exxon in a Junior American Legion River League contest at South Louisiana State Fairgrounds Wednesday evening. 

“When you are playing a team that is based from a 5A school, of course it was a big surprise to beat them by that kind of score,” Midway head coach Todd Landry said. “I was proud of the kids. They just put everything together and were really focused. 

“The purpose of this team is to prepare for next year and continue to develop the kids that played for us this year, while getting some new kids involved. You are going to see a lot of the same faces and we will see how a new crop of freshmen fit into the mix.”

Landry said Babin – Haynes Post 98 will not compete in postseason due to its late July start. He did not rule out the Ascension Catholic-based team moving up to the senior league in the future.

“We said from the beginning we are just going to play out our schedule,” Landry said. “The focus for this summer is to develop our high school team. We will just have to see where our kids are (next year). I hope that we can get to the point where we can compete against guys like that on a regular basis.

“Ed Landry really stepped up to the plate to sponsor us this year and Post 98 paid for our insurance and entry fees into the league. We have gotten a lot of help from some good people and we would like to thank all of them.”

Jesse Pizzolato led off the bottom of the first with a single before Justin Manton hit Charles Caballero and Noel connected. Brandon Burns reached on a hit and Scott Charleville drove in another run to give Midway a 4-0 lead.

Pizzolato drew a walk and Manton hit Caballero again to open the bottom of the second but Manton struck out Taylor Marcello to end the inning.

Lee Elisar got Pit Stop on the board in the top of the third with a triple to center before scoring on Savoy’s two-out grounder to the pitcher that was dropped at first.

Post 98 loaded the bases in the third when Charleville doubled, Jordan Landry hit the catcher’s mitt and Blake Gregoire drew a walk of Kahn Petite but Pizzolato popped up.

Caballero struck out Jacob Templet and Savoy in the fourth before Tyler Kliebert threw out Tyler Guillory who was tagged by Marcello attempting to steal second.

Caballero lined through the right infield to open the bottom half and scored on Noel’s liner to left. Kliebert laced to center to plate pinch running Tre` Daze` giving Post 98 a 6-1 lead.

Reliever Noel walked Petite in the fifth and Lee Elisar dropped a two-out blooper to plate a run cutting Midway’s lead to 6-2.

Post 98 added two runs in the bottom half when Landry beat out a grounder to third, Gregoire reached on an error to plate a run, Pizzolato reached on an error and Caballero sacrificed to left to cross another.

Midway tacked on three more in the sixth. Kliebert beat out a grounder to short, Marcello reached on an error and a run scored on a pass ball after a balk by Jordan Bond. Burns lined to left to plate a run and Daze` reached on a fielder’s choice. Adam Falcon drew a walk and Landry lined to left to load the bases before the final run crossed on another pass ball.

Caballero, who was 1 for 1 with two runs and one RBI,  picked up the win giving up no earned runs on five hits, while striking out four over three innings. Noel was 2 for 4 with four RBI and one run and got the save giving up one run on one hit in four innings, while striking out two.

Charleville was 2 for 3 with one RBI and Burns was 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI.

Midway split a doubleheader with Catholic Pointe-Coupee Saturday 4-9, 3-2 after opening the season with a 14-1 loss to St. John.

Midway’s Ross Noel hit a three-run homerun in the first inning.