Fisher’s baseball team never stopped running. The Gators’ never-ending aggression on the base paths helped push them to 10-2 win over Haynes Academy in a District 9-2A matchup at Mike Miley Stadium on Tuesday night.
“It can be a double-edged sword at times,” Fisher coach Dwayne Forut said. “Of course we have to be better, but that’s who we are, and we continue to play that way regardless of the results.
The Gators, the No. 2 team in the LHSAA’s most recent power rankings for Class 2A, took hold of the game with a four-run third inning, despite registering only one base hit.
After Fisher (12-2, 1-0) loaded the bases with three consecutive walks, Devin Erlinger hit a a two-run single to left field.
During the next at-bat, Fisher shortstop Lester Haas tried to steal third, but an error on the throw allowed Haas and Erlinger to score.
The Gators led off the fourth with singles by Holden Fabre and Shane Nadile. Fisher’s aggressive running began to force the Yellow Jackets (6-6, 0-1) into mistakes, which led to the Gators consistently moving runners into scoring position and even nabbing a run off a fielder’s choice.
The Gators ended the inning with back-to-back RBI singles by Haas and Erlinger.
Erlinger finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Haas went 1-for-2 with two runs, an RBI and three stolen bases.
“Our guys played great with runners in scoring position,” Forut said. “We continued to stay aggressive at the plate and slowly chipped away at them until we finally broke through. You just have to be proud of the way they didn’t change their approach even when things weren’t working out for us at certain points.”
Fisher starting pitcher Austin Carlile pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three hits, five walks and striking out 13.
“I just got up there and threw strikes,” Carlile said. “The defense held up behind me, and it was big to get this win against them after losing to them last year.”