WALKER — Jameson Fisher drove in six runs with two triples and a single leading Zachary High to a 9-1 District 4-5A win over Walker.
Fisher came into the contest hitting well over .500 and took control at the plate with a base-clearing triple in the fourth inning. He added a two-run single in the fifth as Zachary (19-7, 3-0) pushed its lead to 9-0.
Zachary pitchers Brent Hernandez (5-2) and Evan Tidwell held Walker hitless for six innings. Walker (16-10, 2-1) finally broke through in the seventh with three hits and a run against reliever Gabe Von Rosenberg.
“He’s been doing it all year,” Zachary coach Jesse Cassard said of Fisher’s performance. “He’s a captain, and everybody follows his lead. It’s probably the best offensive season I’ve seen, and we’ve had some pretty good players come through here.”
Walker has relied on strong pitching for most of the season, but came up short against the Broncos. Wildcats pitchers Dawson Kennard (6-2), Tyler Dixon and Andrew Shirley hit four batters and walked eight.
“The bottom line is we didn’t pitch very well,” Walker coach Bubba Griffin said. “To beat a quality team you’ve got to pitch, and offensively we weren’t very good, either. I don’t think they had anything extraordinary on the mound; we just didn’t hit.”
Cassard credited ninth-place hitter John Mangin for setting the stage for Fisher. Mangin walked twice, was hit by a pitch in another at bat, and was driven in twice by leadoff hitter Fisher.
“That kind of made things happen,” Cassard said. “If the nine-hole doesn’t get on then they walk Fisher with a base open. You’ve got to credit (Mangin) for getting on because once Fisher comes up so many things can happen.”
Mangin drew a one-out walk in the top of the third, and scored when Fisher lined a 3-1 pitch into the right field corner for his first triple. Joe Pierce followed with a bunt single scoring Fisher for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Mangin came to the plate with two men on and one out, and was hit by Dixon’s first pitch. Fisher then lined a 1-0 pitch into the gap in left center, and legged out a triple as all three runners scored ahead of him.
Fisher scored on Tanner Hebert’s sacrifice fly, and Joe Pierce walked and later scored on a wild pitch giving Zachary a 7-0 lead.
Kyle Vince and Von Rosenberg stroked two-out singles in the fifth inning to bring up Mangin, who was walked for the second time to load the bases. Fisher lashed a two-run single to right for a 9-0 Broncos lead.
Walker had single runners reach base in each of the first five innings, but could get no one past second base.
Seth Gauden was picked off after a first-innng walk, and Kennard hit into an inning-ending double play in the second after Chaise Welch was hit by a pitch to start the inning.
In the fourth, Gaudet took second when Cade Milazzo threw away his slow rolling grounder. Shirley reached first on a two-out walk, but Kennard struck out to end the threat.
Shirley led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple and scored on Logan Rogers’ sacrifice fly. C.J. Breaux and Dalton Yucesoy followed with two-out singles before Bryce Brown grounded out to third to end the game.
“Brant and Evan set the tone,” Cassard said. “They threw a lot of strikes and got a lot of groundouts. They did their job, and the defense played good behind them. It was a well-played game.”