With only nine hits, No. 6 seeded Northlake Christian had no trouble against an Haynes Academy squad in a 16-3, five-inning win in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs Thursday afternoon.
Northlake Christian (22-10) advances to take on the winner of No. 11 Lakeside and No. 22 Dunham in the regional round.
Senior center fielder Christian Arcement led the Wolverines with a pair of two-run doubles and a stolen base.
“Right now, for me, I’m playing like every game is my last,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere next year to play college baseball and I don’t want to lose this sport yet. This is it for me, so I’m taking every pitch with a lot of focus and locking in every inning of every game I have left.”
Up 2-0 after the first inning, Northlake Christian erupted for seven runs in the second inning on just two hits. Peyton Plaisance had an RBI single, Arcement had a two-run double and Buddy Kyle had a two-run single combined with three Haynes errors to make it 9-0.
Batting around in the third inning, Northlake added five more runs. Arcement had his second two-run double and starting pitcher Maverick Latour launched a two-run home run to make it 14-2.
“I was looking for fastballs all night long and that is what I got,” Arcement said. “I was able to drive the ball both times. My first at-bat when I walked I was able to see a tremendous amount of pitches so I was able to see everything that the pitchers were trying to do. I used what I learned in my remaining at bats the rest of the game.”
Latour (7-2) picked up the win, allowing only two runs on three hits, striking out six and walking three.
Haynes finished 9-13. Christian Poche (3-6) took the loss, allowing seven runs on three hits in 1.2 innings.