Midway Awards Plus holds off Post 167

Peter Silas Pasqua
Midway Awards Plus' Charles Caballero crosses home plate ahead of the throw to Plaquemine Post 167's Cole Verret in the third inning of Post 98's 5-4 victory Tuesday evening.

Midway Awards Plus scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning and held off Plaquemine Post 167 on way to a 5-4 victory in Junior American Legion River League Play Tuesday evening at St. John's Field.

"That was a good clean baseball game," Midway head coach Todd Landry said. "They made some errors. Both teams had innings with runners in scoring position and didn't pick up the runs. It was played well both ways and I am proud of the kids. They came around just like I wanted them to this summer."

Ross Noel and Jordan Landry combined to pick up the win for Babin - Haynes Post 98 giving up eight hits.

"This was the best I have seen Jordan throw and Ross threw real well, too," Landry said. "We need those guys to step up for us. They threw a good game. They threw strikes. They kept the ball down and did a great job.

"We had a good summer. We beat some teams that were a lot better than us and the kids developed. We got a chance to play a lot of young kids who got to see pitching that they needed to see."

Plaquemine's Jude Dougherty, Chad Morales and Landon Orcino walked a total of 10 Midway batters in the loss. 

"We started out flat," Plaquemine head coach Locke Wheeler said. "Our pitchers got behind in counts and walked a lot of guys. We kept it close because we got some key outs throughout the game. We left a lot of guys on. Basically that is the difference in the game. Credit to them. They battled. They took advantage of our mistakes."

Dougherty walked three straight batters, John Dupre`, Landry and Taylor Cavalier, in the second and a run scored on Blake Gregoire's one-out fielder's choice to knot it up 1-1.

Ryan Suarez lined through the center of the infield to open the bottom half and stole second base before Wesley Miller reached on a one-out error. Miller was ruled out stealing second and Corey David drew a walk before Morales beat out a grounder to plate a run.

Charles Caballero drew a walk to lead off the third and Noel doubled to the left field wall to plate a run. Scott Charleville beat out a grounder to short to put runners on the corners and pinch running Colby Louque scored on the throw when pinch running Myron Dominigue stole second to give Post 98 a 3-2 lead.

Morales walked the first three batters he faced, Dominigue, Cavalier and Gregoire, to open the fourth but retired the next three batters he stared down to get out of the inning unscathed.

Landry retired the first three batters he faced in order in the bottom half.

Taylor Marcello drew a one-out walk in the fifth but was thrown out at first before Brandon Burns' double to the left gap.

Morales grounded pass second to open the bottom half and Landon Orcino doubled to the right gap to put runners on second and third but Landry went unscathed retiring the next three batters he faced.

Suarez lined pass short to open the bottom of the sixth and Cole Verret reached on a fielder's choice before Burns snatched Miller's fly in left and threw to shortstop Jesse Pizzolato for a double play to end the inning.

Caballero grounded through the right infield and stole second in the seventh before Charleville drew a two-out walk and runners advanced on a pass ball. Marcello reached on an error that scored Caballero and pinch running David LeBlanc to give Midway a 5-2 lead. 

Corey David drew a walk to lead off the bottom half and Happy Marionneaux lined a two-out single to right to plate a run. Landry hit Morales and Steven Brocksmith dropped a blooper to left to cut it to 5-4 before Suarez lined out to end the game.

Noel picked up the win giving up two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one in three innings. Landry got the save in four innings of relief, surrendering two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two.

Charleville was 2 for 3, while Noel was 1 of 2 with one RBI and Caballero was 1 for 3 with two runs.

Midway Awards Plus' Ross Noel picked up the win.