West Feliciana’s Trey Morgan set the pitching bar relatively high in the District 7-3A opening game against Parkview Baptist.
Morgan threw a two-hit shutout in leading the Saints to a 2-0 victory Tuesday.
Two days later, Parkview Baptist’s Hunter Joubert answered with a complete-game effort, allowing five hits and striking out nine in a 4-1 home victory over West Feliciana.
“I know we have a very good team this year and my role is to get on the mound and pump strikes,” Joubert said.
“If they hit it, I’ve got eight other guys behind me to make plays.”
Joubert, an LSU-Eunice signee, threw 71 of 101 pitches for strikes, struck out four of the last seven batters he faced.
“You have to give credit to their kid,” West Feliciana coach Mark Lester said of Joubert. “He’s probably one of the better pitchers we’ve faced so far this season. He’s really good.”
The question after getting shut out for the first time this season was a simple one. Could Parkview (10-10, 1-1) could generate any offense?
It didn’t take the Eagles long to get an answer, pushing across four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first and making it stand up behind Joubert’s solid outing.
“Anytime we can score early it gives our pitchers a little more confidence to go out and pound the strike zone,” PBS coach Darron Mitchell said. “The offense did its job in the first inning, and Joubert commanded the rest of the game after that.”
Parkview had hits from four of its first five batters with the exception a sacrifice bunt from Sam O’Brien. That moved Pryce Fletcher into scoring position, and he eventually scoring on Hayden Nickens’ RBI-single up the middle.
Joubert loaded the bases with a perfectly placed bunt to the third base side and a wild pitch with Matthew Vicknair at the plate resulted in another run.
Vicknair made it 3-0 with a run-scoring groundout and Logan Toups (2-for-3) added a RBI-single to right field.
“I’m trying to get our guys to understand you can’t give up the big inning,” Lester said. “You take that inning away, and it’s a very close game.”
West Feliciana starter Jarid Sturgeon settled down thereafter, allowing a pair of singles in the fourth and fifth inning, stranding one runner at third. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.
West Feliciana (8-9, 1-1) got on the board against Joubert in the top of the third when lead-off hitter Ryan Reed (2-for-3) doubled and scored on two consecutive groundouts, the second from center fielder Gage Tygres.
The Saints had potential scoring opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings but came up empty.
With runners on first and third with two outs Joubert picked off courtesy runner Jacob Burns with first baseman Wes Anderson throwing to O’Brien for the final out at second.
Fletcher closed out the fifth with a double play from center field, catching Reed off first base after a hard-hit liner by Morgan.
“Obviously I would have liked to have scored more runs and help him out more,” Mitchell said. “We’ll take the 4-1 win. We needed it right now.”