From the very first pitch, the game was in hand for Archbishop Hannan.
The Hawks pounded out 15 hits in a 15-4 win over Salmen in the Mandeville/Covington baseball tournament Thursday afternoon.
Quinn Heinold got Hannan (7-3) on the scoreboard in the first inning, hitting the first pitch over the left field wall for a home run.
Up 2-0 after one inning, the Hawks pushed across four more in the second on five hits. With one out, Heinold doubled and Nick Lucido singled. After a walk to Andrew Barre loaded the bases, Nick Lagalante’s two-run double made it 4-0. Shaun Prats added a RBI single to make it 6-0.
Heinold finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a triple short of the cycle.
“I’ve always been a lead-off hitter, and that was the first time I have ever homered to start a game,” Heinold said. “At first, I thought I had just popped it up. I actually got a lot more of it than I thought I did.
“Games like this are good because we get to work on a lot of game situations with such a big lead. It will prepare us for district play. We were able to collect a lot of hits and a lot of guys got good swings.”
Seven of the nine Hannan starters had multiple-hit games.
Lagalante also had a solid night, going 3-for-4 with four runs driven in.
Bryce Lauga added a two-run single in the fourth inning. Jarrett Gonzalez followed that with an RBI single before Wayne Aucoin’s two-run double capped the five-run inning to extend the lead to 11-0.
Facing an early end of the game because of the 10-run mercy rule, Salmen (6-7) pushed across four runs in the fifth inning with two outs.
Back-to-back singles by Nick Talamo and Tyrone Jones coupled with a hit batsman loaded the bases.
Andrew Carlos then cleared the bases with a double and Dylan Cross added an RBI single, cutting the lead to 11-4.
Shaun Prats (4-0) picked up the complete-game win, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out five.
“Pitching with a lead like my offense gave me for sure makes my job easier,” Pratts said. “It’s exciting to be able to pitch with so much of a lead like that because you know all you have to do is throw strikes and make them put the ball in play. It definitely makes a pitcher’s life less stressful.”
Peyton Lange (2-2) was the losing pitcher for the Spartans, allowing four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.
Lange struck out two and walked five.