Newman’s baseball team couldn’t wait to get back on the field Thursday night.
One day after suffering a tough loss to Chalmette which snapped their seven-game winning streak, the Greenies (11-4) came up with a huge three-run seventh inning to pull out a 4-1 win over Haynes Academy in a non-district game at Mike Miley Stadium.
“That’s what I loved so much about baseball when I was a player,” Newman coach Trey Guillot said. “It’s not like football, where you have to wait a whole week before you get to play another game.
“Sometimes it’s a challenge to not let that bad feeling carry over, but it was good to come out and play — and even better to come out with a win.”
Both teams were able to score in the first inning, but Haynes starting pitcher Zane Hibbs and Newman starter Walt Marcus were able to keep the offenses in check for the majority of the game after that.
The squads remained scoreless for the next five innings and combined for seven hits before the Greenies, the No. 6 team in the LHSAA’s most recent Class 2A power rankings, finally broke through in the top of the seventh inning.
After David Richard and Cass Lepeyre lead the inning off with back-to-back singles, Patrick Silva moved both runners ahead by forcing the Yellow Jackets (6-7) into a fielder’s choice, which allowed Storey Charbonnet to break the tie and give Newman a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly.
Jack Miller and Alex Abramson followed up Charbonnet’s sac fly with an RBI triple and an RBI double, respectively, to increase the Newman lead to 4-1 before Hibbs finally regained control to end the inning.
After coming up with an RBI double, Abramson took the mound for Newman in the bottom of the seventh and got the final three outs to secure the win.
“I think it was really just a full team effort,” Abramson said. “I’m just lucky I got a chance to get back up there in the top of the seventh to give us one more hit, and the key for my role as the closer coming in at the end of the games is to just throw strikes and trust my defense behind me.”
Guillot said that it was especially important for the Greenies, a team that came into Thursday averaging nearly eight runs a game, to remain patient at the plate despite their lack of success early in Thursday’s game.
“(Hibbs) did a great job of keeping us off balance, and it took us until that last inning before we could really get to him,” Guillot said. “I just told the guys that we have to bunch some good at-bats together. It’s not a magic formula — you get somebody on, you get somebody over, then you get somebody in.”
With Thursday’s loss, the Haynes extend its losing streak to five games after starting the season 6-2. The Yellow Jackets have been outscored 38-6 in those games, coach Steve Stropolo said that he thought Thursday’s game can go a long way in turning the team’s recent slump around.
“We really hadn’t played well in those last four games,” Stropolo said. “This was a really good game for us. Of course you hate to lose, but we gave a really good effort. That’s the main thing we’ve really been working on as of late.”