Medine’s triple play, 12 K's secure Bulldogs win

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
ACHS senior pitcher Hunter Medine throws a pitch to an Ascension Christian batter last week in the 3-1 win.

ACHS baseball senior pitcher Hunter Medine extended his winning streak on the mound to eight games last Thursday as his 12 strikeouts led the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over district rivals the Ascension Christian Lions in Donaldsonville.

“Hunter was a Bulldog again today,” coach Todd Landry said. “He is just a guy that we depend on at the mound and when he’s up there he gives us a chance to win.”

Medine and the Bulldogs defense kept the Lions scoreless through four innings until Ascension Christian was able to steal home off of a missed pitch at home plate to make the score 2-1.

Both the Lions and Bulldogs pitchers handed out a lot of pitches with batters tipping many foul balls out of the park. The pitch count wasn’t much of a problem for Medine or Landry as the senior pitcher had pitched high numbers in games before.

However Medine admitted he was tired before the game started and said he didn’t think he warmed up properly before the game started.

“But I mean at the end of the day we still got the win,” Medine said.

With pulling the much of the weight on the mound, Medine also scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Medine, who had been struggling a little with his batting throughout the season, connected on a pitch that led to a triple play and put him in scoring position with a Bulldog 2-1 lead. A few pitches later, Medine would go in for the score.

“That’s enormous,” Landry said about Medine’s triple. “It’s a 2-1 game and you have no room for errors so getting another run right there in that situation was huge.”

“Hunter is our leader on the mound, our leader at the plate and he’s the guy that we look to for those kinds of things and he did a great job with it today.”

Medine said the triple play was a big boost for his confidence as the season winds down.

Landry added: “I have got to give my hat off to Ascension Christian, they’ve come so far in the past couple years. They beat us in the last game and they will be tough in the playoffs.”