Belle Chasse notched a last at-bat victory at home over Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals overcame a series of mistakes and held off a late Holy Cross rally to secure a 4-3 win.
“We knew we would have to play well against this team,” Belle Chasse coach Josh Euper said. “They were on a hot streak, and we were ready to show them what we could do.”
Belle Chasse scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Braiden Usey and Daniel Baradell.
Cardinals pitcher Jon Jones cruised through much of the game but ran into trouble in the fourth inning.
Three infield errors and two balks by Jones allowed Holy Cross (17-8) to tie it at 2. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs later in the inning, but Jones stopped the rally by inducing a harmless groundout by Christian Clayton.
“This has been a season of adversity for us and sometimes it’s self-inflicted,” Euper said. “Thankfully we were able to stop the bleeding … and kept on fighting.”
The game remained tied until the Cardinals’ half of the sixth inning. Belle Chasse loaded the bases with one out, then Logan Leblanc was hit by a pitch to score the go-ahead run. Brett Deagler followed up with a bases-loaded walk to add a valuable insurance run.
Jones pitched the complete game and gave up only one earned run.
“I felt good on the mound,” Jones said. “I knew it was going to be a dogfight … I had my pitches working and just trusted my defense.”
Holy Cross made one last rally in the seventh inning. The Tigers pushed one run across and had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position with two outs, but Jones struck out Cyle Clayton to end the game.
“(I told myself) ‘They’re not scoring.’” Jones said.