METAIRIE — Freshman Christian Kerut’s hit down the third base line drove in two runs in the sixth inning that lifted Country Day to a 9-6 victory over Crescent City on Wednesday at Pontiff Playground.
Briggs Ham’s sacrifice fly added an insurance run in the inning for the Cajuns, who improved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in District 9-1A.
Ham is also a freshman.
Five of Country Day’s RBIs came from freshmen.
Crescent City fell to 5-5 and 1-2 in district play.
Country Day’s Grant Mathews drove in the first run in the opening inning on a sacrifice fly to centerfield. The Cajuns pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second inning when freshman Blake Amana, the No. 9-hole hitter, delivered a two-run double to drive in Taylor Winstead and Luis Jaubert.
But the Pioneers answered in the third, scoring three unearned runs with a two-out rally.
The first two came when Micah Robertson hit a drive between right field and center, and there was miscommunication on the play between center fielder Winstead and right fielder Howie. Two runs scored on the error that would have ended the inning. Crescent City then added another run on Justice Arceri’s RBI single to left.
Crescent Center starter Tyler Houillion went 2.1 innings, allowing three hits and three runs before being replaced by Micah Robertson. With the bases loaded, Robertson balked in a run that put Country Day ahead 4-3 in the third. The Pioneers tied it again in the fourth when Alex Pizzuto tripled and was driven in on Cody Sposito’s groundout.
Country Day regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair of runs. The first came on a bloop single by Grant Mathews that drove in Jase Griffin. Mann later scored on a grounder by Brett Leal, who just beat out the throw at first that would have been an inning-ending double play.
Trailing 6-4, Crescent City answered again.
The Pioneers cut it to 6-5 on a sacrifiec fly by Nick Studdard in the fifth. They tied it 6-6 in the sixth on Houllion’s RBI that scored Pizzuto, who led off the inning with a single.