It took a little longer than they may have expected, but Northlake Christian picked up a big District 8-2A win at home Thursday night.
Ruston West’s two-run double in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Wolverines defeated Pope John Paul II 4-2 in the first of a three-game series.
Held to only three hits through its first four at-bats, Northlake Christian (15-10, 6-1) pushed across two runs to take the lead.
With one out, Peyton Plaisance singled and Justin Estrada walked.
With two outs, West lined a double into left field scoring pinch-runner Michael Morgan and Estrada to put the Wolverines up 2-1.
Maverick Latour reached on an infield single and Sean Tweedy drew a walk. Taj Porter picked up an RBI scoring West when he was hit by a pitch to make it 3-1.
“I just did what the coaching staff has preached all year long,” West said. “I jumped on the first fastball I saw and hit it as hard as I could.
“It’s been a very frustrating week with the weather and not knowing if we are going to play, and if we were going to play when and where. We have a turf football field, so we were able to do a little light work when it was barely raining and then we can go hit indoors in our facility. We just enjoy being out on the field and doing our thing. The weather is just not cooperating right now.”
PJP II (6-14, 4-3 8-2A) scored a run in its first at-bat. Anthony Chappetta led off the game with a walk.
With one out, Sean Price walked. Chappetta and Price advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and Chappetta scored on an RBI groundout by Steven Schmidt to put the Jaguars in front.
Quindon Haisley (1-5) was the losing pitcher for Pope John Paul II, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out four and walking three.
Tweedy picked up the win. The senior left-hander allowed one earned run on one hit in 5.2 innings. Tweedy walked four and struck out 10.
“It took a lot of focus for both teams to come out and play well tonight with everything going on with this weather,” he said. “All the credit goes to my defense behind me. They played really well. Every ground ball they hit we were able to make the play.
“We made the plays when we had to and we are fortunate enough to come away with a big win.”
Latour came in the game in the sixth inning en route to picking up the save.
The Jaguars-Wolverines matchup was originally scheduled to take place in Slidell, but the game was moved to Covington because of unplayable conditions at Jaguar Field.
The two teams will try to finish out their three-game set with a doubleheader at Northlake Christian beginning at 4 p.m. Friday.