After a sub-par performance in its District 6-5A opener two weeks ago, the Slidell High School baseball team is riding high four wins later.
The latest victory came Tuesday night in an 8-1 home win over Mandeville.
Senior right-hander Devan Adams went the distance against Mandeville. Adams allowed seven hits through seven innings, and his defense didn’t make an error behind him.
Mandeville committed five errors in the game.
“When I’m out there, I just want to throw strikes and I play for the person in the field behind my back,” Adams said. “I know if the other guys hit the ball, I have my guys behind me.”
The Tigers got on top early with a run in the bottom of the first. Justin Deslatte led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gavin Amadeo. Deslatte eventually scored on an errant pickoff throw to first.
Slidell (13-8, 4-1) padded its lead in the bottom of the third when Tyler McManus doubled down the left-field line, and came home on an RBI-double by Spencer Cayten. Parker Autry walked, and Saige Watkins bunted for a single to load the bases.
John Elkins then walked and picked up an RBI on the at-bat to score Cayten. Luke Toups had a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0 heading into the fourth.
Mandeville (7-12, 2-3) rallied for a run in the top of the fourth. John Laws walked and advanced on a single by Hunter Roig. He later scored on a double by Taft Louis to make the score 4-1.
The Tigers got the run back in the bottom of the frame when Autry singled to left to plate Gavin Amadeo (who stole third to set up the play.) Slidell extended its lead in the sixth when McManus doubled and scored on one of two
Mandeville errors in the inning. Cayten and Autry also scored in the inning to push the score to 8-1 in favor of Slidell.
Adams allowed two singles in the seventh, but got a fly ball to right field to seal the win for Slidell.
“I think emotionally and mentally, the team is coming together as a team,” said Slidell coach Clay Harris. “They’re playing for each other. That’s what we’ve been trying to impress on them.”
McManus led Slidell at the plate, going 3-for-4. Harrison Jambon led Mandeville with two hits.