Jacob Manlove’s game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a furious comeback as Slidell took a 6-5 victory over crosstown rival Northshore in a District 6-5A game on Senior Night in Slidell.
“That was my first walk-off hit,” Manlove said. “I just wanted to get on base, but it means the world to me get a victory like this over Northshore.”
The first two Tigers were retired in the bottom of the seventh inning. Blake Bowser got the rally started with a single. Khalil Bijou followed with a bloop single to put runners at first and third. A wild pitch Michael McKinney (5-2) tied the score at 5-5 and set the stage for Manlove’s heroics.
“That’s a great win for these guys on Senior Night,” Slidell coach Clay Harris said. “The last two games we have been on the other end of a result like this. It was good to come through.”
The Tigers (15-15, 9-5) kept their slim playoff hopes alive with the victory.
Slidell trailed 5-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
Slidell closed the gap to 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Bijou had a one-out single, and Cannon White followed with a walk. After Manlove flew out to right field, Will Boler connected on a three-run homer to left.
“I moved up in the batter’s box,” Boler said. “This was my first home run in this park and to do it on Senior night was pretty special.”
The Panthers opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. J.P. Lagreco was hit with a pitch with one out. Parker Morris followed with an RBI double to give Northshore a 1-0 lead.
The Panthers increased their lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning. Morris led off with a single and Dane Pedersen followed with another single to put runners at first and third with no outs. Pedersen then took second. Nico Cuccia had an RBI groundout and another wild pitch scored the third run.
The Tigers trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Boler led off with a single, and Andre Sigsworth followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Stephen Dieck knocked in Slidell’s first run with a sacrifice fly, and Sigsworth advanced to third. Devin Summers popped out, and Justin Deslatte struck out to end the threat.
Morris increased the lead to 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning when he connected on a home run on a 3-0 pitch to straight away center field. Hayden Nugent drew a two-out walk after 10 pitches, and he advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hunter Campbell followed with an RBI single to increase the Panthers’ lead to 5-1. Morris was 3-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored.
“They could have shut it down three weeks ago,” Northshore acting coach Vincent Ruda said. “We won eight out of nine before losing these last two games. The never gave up. I’m very proud of these guys.”
Boler, Manlove and Bijou each had two hits for the Tigers. Kevin Hare (1-0) picked up the win in relief.