There might not be a hotter team in the greater New Orleans area than the Northshore Panthers.
Now riding a seven-game winning streak, the Panthers wrapped up a perfect first half of District 6-5A play with a 5-2 victory on the road at Slidell Tuesday afternoon.
Tied 1-1 headed to the third inning, Northshore (16-8, 7-0) pushed across three runs on a pair of hits. Josh Marques led off with a single. A walk by JP LaGreco and a single by Parker Morris loaded the bases. With one out, shortstop Blake Way lined a bases-clearing double into left field to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead.
“It is always a fun game when we come here (to Slidell),” Way said. “We were able to hit the ball well tonight. I was just looking for a pitch to drive there in the third and I was able to get it past the diving left fielder and it cleared the bases for us. Anytime you can help your team like that, you want to do it.
“This was a really big game and a really big win for us because one we wrapped up the first half of district play unbeaten, and second it was against our biggest rival. We want to continue to pile up the wins and try to capture this district crown.
Slidell’s (13-10, 4-3) first run came in the first inning on an RBI single by Spencer Cayten that scored Justin Deslatte.
Down 5-1 in the fourth inning, the Tigers pushed across an unearned run but left runners on second and third base to end the inning.
After giving up a run in the first inning, Cavallo (4-2) settled down to pick up the complete-game win for Northshore. The right-hander allowed only two runs (one earned) on three hits, striking out seven and walking three.
“The No. 1 job for any pitcher is to just go out there, throw strikes and let your offense get the job done and you get the win,” he said. “Going unbeaten the first time through district absolutely relieves some pressure because with St. Paul’s loss to Fontainebleau tonight we pick up another game on those guys. We of course want to win every single game we play in.”
Making his first career start at pitcher for Slidell, Cayten (0-1) took the loss. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, striking out four and walking two in 4.1 innings.
The Tigers look to get on track Thursday when they travel to St. Paul’s, while Northshore is at Covington.