Northwestern State sophomore pitcher Evan Tidwell got his third start of the early baseball season on March 3 and had something special in his pitching arsenal against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. When the game was over, the former Zachary right-hander was still standing on the mound after holding the Warhawks to two hits in a 7-0 complete game victory.

The 6-3, 170-pound former Bronco pitched nine innings with one walk while striking out seven. Tidwell faced the minimum 27 batters.

“We knew they were an aggressive team,” said Tidwell after tossing the first complete game of his college career. “I don’t walk people. I fill up the (strike) zone a lot. We let them use their aggressiveness against them and let them get themselves out.”

Third-year coach Lane Burroughs was impressed with Tidwell’s performance.

“I haven’t seen that too often in my career,” Burroughs said. “All he did was fill up the strike zone. He had a good slider. It was working, and he got a lot of swings and misses. He shoved it in the zone, and once again, we made no errors and played really good defense.”

So far this season, as part of the Demons’ starting pitching rotation, Tidwell is 1-2 with three decisions, including a 5-0 loss to Troy and an 8-4 loss at Baylor before the two-hitter against ULM. In 20.1 innings pitched, he’s got a 3.98 ERA.

As a freshman, Tidwell was 3-0 in 20 appearances for the Demons with one start. He had a 5.74 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched.

As a high school senior, Tidwell had a 10-2 record and a 1.14 ERA as the Broncos advanced to the Class 5A state championship, losing to Catholic High 3-2. He was named all-state, all-metro and Perfect Game Honorable Mention Southeast team member. He was 6-1 as a junior with a 1.37 ERA and 6-1 with a 1.08 ERA as a sophomore for the Broncos.

Northeast falls to Many

The surprising run of the Northeast High School boys basketball team came to a disappointing end March 3 with a 42-38 loss to Many in the district round of the Class 2A playoffs.

After upsetting the seventh seed in the first round, 26th-seeded Northeast played 10th-seeded Many to a 26-all tie after three quarters. But the Vikings didn’t have enough firepower in the fourth quarter as Many outscored them 16-12 for the win.

Eric Williams and Torrence Uwagbow scored 11 points apiece to pace Northeast, which finished the season 15-15. Many was ousted in the next round by Lakeview 68-53.

Lentini benefit Sunday

Cory’s Story: A Journey Home, a fundraiser to offset Cory Lentini’s medical expenses and efforts toward making his home accessible, is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Cactus Cafe in Zachary. Lentini was involved in an accident in November 2009, suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Tickets also are being sold for $5 apiece for a raffle with proceeds going to the Lentini medical expenses. First prize is $500 from Chris’ Specialty Meats and a chest freezer with second prize a 42-quart cooler.

Tickets for the benefit cost $100 per couple or $50 singles. Donations also will be accepted. The cost includes a Mexican dinner buffet, two drink tickets, cash bar, live and silent auctions and entertainment. Make checks payable to the Lentini Care Fund. For information, contact Kim Denson at (225) 603-4798, Sharon Phillips at (225) 936-6523 or Danny Spencer at (225) 774-8773.

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