All it took was a near no-hitter to make the race for the 6-5A title officially up for grabs again.
Behind a sterling performance from Camden Dusang on the mound, Fontainebleau got back into the district championship race with a 6-1 win over Slidell on Thursday night.
With the win, Fontainebleau (7-15, 3-3 6-5A) climbed back to .500 in district play.
Dusang had a no-hitter heading into seventh inning, but hopes for the no-no vanished with a lead-off double by Spencer Cayten to open the inning.
The right-hander still picked up the complete-game win, allowing one run on one hit, striking out five and walking two.
“I thought I had it,” Dusang said of the no-hitter. “To be honest, I thought our centerfielder, Brennan Kent, was going to catch up to it (Cayten’s hit). He made a lot of great catches throughout the game. I don’t know really. I guess it is what it is. We got the win and that is all that matters.
“My breaking ball was working well for me today, and I threw it a lot. We were able to get a lot of ground balls and I let my infielders do the work for me. You have to give a lot of credit to them for making the plays. Everything was working for us tonight.”
A pitcher’s duel for the first two innings, the Bulldogs were able to push across a run in the bottom of the third inning. Cole Sisung led off the inning with a single and stole second base. With one out, Brennan Kent line an RBI double into left centerfield, scoring Sisung to give Fontainebleau a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the fourth inning. Peyton Wineski led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a ground out by Cameron Badinger. An RBI groundout by Sisung scored Badinger to make it 2-0 Fontainebleau.
Wineski finished the game with a pair of doubles and a run driven in to lead the Bulldogs.
Sisung’s inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning extended the lead to 3-0.
Devan Bertaut (4-3) took the loss on the hill for Slidell (13-9, 4-2 6-5A), allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out five and not walking a batter in 4.2 innings.
“This win gives us momentum going into the next round of district action,” Dusang said. “On the board in our locker room there was a simple message. It said ‘Do or die time.’ That is all the motivation I needed. I did everything I could to help us win tonight and fortunately it was enough.”
Taking off for the Easter break, Fontainebleau returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts St. Paul’s, while Slidell hosts the last unbeaten team in 6-5A, Northshore.