Newman gained an early lead and cruised to an 11-0 win over South Plaquemines on Thursday in a nondistrict game that was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
The win was especially sweet for Newman, the No. 6 team in the most recent LHSAA Class 2A power rankings, which lost a close game to Belle Chase on Wednesday, ending a seven-game winning streak.
The Greenies now have won 11 of their past 13 and have held opponents to less than three runs per game during that stretch.
“At this point in the season, we’re just trying to get more consistent in how we play,” Newman coach Trey Guillot said. “I think we came out and played with a little bit of a chip on our shoulder and just wanted to prove that the way we played yesterday isn’t the way we want to play going forward.”
The Hurricanes (1-8) couldn’t get out of their own way early in the game, and the Greenies (14-5) didn’t waste any time making them pay for their mistakes.
South Plaquemines committed three errors in the first two innings, allowing Newman to grab an early 6-0 lead.
RBI hits from Storey Charbonnet, Tristan Bush and Michael Slatter in the bottom of the fourth inning helped push the lead to double digits, as the Greenies took an 11-0 lead into the fifth.
“It’s always good to jump on a team early like that and give yourself some breathing room,” Guillot said. “We’ve been playing in a lot of tight games lately, so it was good to see us come out and handle business.”
Cass Lapeyre (3-0) got the win, pitching five innings while allowing two hits and striking out eight.
He said he was especially happy with his performance considering that he felt his slow start was part of the reason his team couldn’t pull out the win in his last opportunity on the mound.
“Last time I came out against St. James, I felt like I kind of lost the strike zone and ended up with like six walks,” Lapeyre said. “Today, I just made sure I stayed around the zone, trusted my defense and made them hit pitches to beat me.”
Thursday’s loss marked South Plaquemines’ seventh straight, and they’ve allowed opponents to reach double digits in each of those seven games.