Bonnabel got a hit in all seven innings of its game against host Northlake Christian in the Mandeville/Covington baseball tournament’s final day of play Saturday morning.
But every time the Bruins got on base, the Wolverines found a way to work out of the jam. That ability, coupled with some timely hitting and quality pitching from Peyton Plaisance, earned Northlake a 3-1 win.
Plaisance, a senior right-hander, kept the Bruins off balance with a series of curveballs and well-placed fastballs. He scattered eight hits, and recorded nine strikeouts. Plaisance (1-1) threw 99 pitches in a complete-game effort. The Wolverines made two errors behind their starter, but came up with big plays when needed.
“Being able to pitch to contact makes my job easier,” Plaisance said.
“I have all the confidence that those guys (on defense) are going to make plays behind me.”
Bonnabel (2-7) got its first batter on base when Plaisance hit Sidney Bermoudy, but Northlake catcher Ruston West picked him off second with two runners aboard. Plaisance picked off another baserunner in the third (also at second base), and West threw out another runner attempting to steal in the fifth.
Northlake (9-7) scored in the third inning when Logan Stevens doubled, moved to third on an errant pickoff play, and scored on West’s RBI single to center. The Wolverines added two insurance runs in the fifth, when with two outs, Maverick Latour was hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on a double by Diego Sanchez. Michael Morgan, who was pinch-running for Sanchez, scored on an RBI-single to left by Buddy Kyle and made the score 3-0.
Bonnabel plated its run in the top of the seventh when Kevin Alvarado reached on an error, and Brendan Burns singled. Eddy Cruz walked and Marcus Ball later had an infield single to score Alvarado.
“We really preach pitching and defense,” Northlake coach Chad Catalano said. “Peyton came out and did a great job. They got a few hits here and there, but we eliminated the big inning.”
Bonnabel starter Cruz (2-2) suffered the loss. He pitched through all six innings Northlake batted, and allowed nine hits.
“He’s a sophomore and he’s never started before,” Bonnabel coach Mike Lachney said. “Last year, the coach used him only as a reliever. But he’s done well for us so far. He has our only two wins.”
West and Sanchez each had two hits to lead Northlake. Burns went 3-for-3, and Sonaj Franklin was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Bonnabel.