SLIDELL — Behind a six-run seventh inning, Mandeville High School-based LLOG Exploration beat Salmen High-based Post 185 9-4 in American Legion action Friday night.
“I thought our guys threw the ball really well,” LLOG Exploration coach Mark Weinmunson said.
“They kept us in the game, and when (Post 185) made a pitching change, we were able to take advantage of some things.”
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, LLOG Exploration (3-1) pushed across a pair of unearned runs.
With one out, Harrison Jambon reached on an error. After a Hunter Roig single, back-to-back RBI singles by Taft Louis and Peyton Harris gave LLOG a 2-1 advantage.
Jambon’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning helped LLOG take advantage of another error to make it 3-2.
LLOG broken the game open in the seventh inning.
Mike Romano led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. After a pinch-hit single by Mason Lucso, Brant Moisant walked. Romano scored on a throwing error on Jambon’s fielder’s choice, and Roig followed with a bases-loaded walk scoring Wiegand. John Laws reached on a fielder’s choice, and Louis’ sacrifice fly made it 6-2.
Harris followed with a two-run double in his second at-bat of the inning.
Romano’s RBI single finished the scoring off to give LLOG a 9-2 advantage.
Post 185 (3-2) pushed across its first run in the bottom of the first inning. Noel Cheneau led off with a single, advanced to second on a walk to Dylan Cross and then stole third base and home to give Post 185 a 1-0 lead.
An RBI single by Zack Lane in the third inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning coupled with an error accounted for Post 185’s other runs.
Jeff Crenshaw took the loss, going 6.1 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits.
Joseph Gennaro was the winning pitcher, allowing two run on four hits in four innings, striking out nine and walking one.
In his first summer at the helm of the Mandeville program after wrapping up his first year as head coach, Weinmunson said he is taking a broader approach to the summer for his American Legion squad.
“I have 13 seniors returning to the 2015 squad, so I’m making everybody play with us during the summer,” Weinmunson said. “This is our test for moving forward. We have goals for this summer, and hopefully that translates to the spring. This (summer ball team) is primarily going to be our varsity team for next season. We are using this summer as a tool and motivation.
“This is also my first summer with the guys. I didn’t get that luxury last year because I got the prep job so late.
“This is my first full season developing in the summer, and hopefully it translates to the spring.”