Conventional wisdom says you don’t empty the water cooler on the coach after a regular-season game.
The flood of emotions that came after Redemptorist powered its way past The Dunham School 10-0 in a District 6-2A baseball game played Friday dictated it. So the Wolves doused coach Daniel Jewett as parents and students shot video and photos.
Redemptorist had done it, finishing unbeaten in 6-2A in what was the final regular-season sports event scheduled for the North Baton Rouge school that is scheduled to close at the end of the year.
“This was goal No. 1 when the season started.” Jewett said. “We wanted to win back-to-back district titles and go unbeaten in district that’s done. We achieved that and we feel like we’re peaking at the right time. That’s what baseball is all about.
“The goal now is to win a playoff game and hopefully get another home game. There are no guarantees.”
With Caleb Nunez (5-0) in control, the Wolves looked like a sure bet all night long at RHS’ Emerald Park. Nunez tossed a two-hitter, struck out six and walked only two in the six-inning game.
Nunez also was a catalyst at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Catcher Jacob Stagg was 3-for-3 for the Wolves (14-14, 8-0). Shortsop Devyn Sampson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. The Wolves tallied 13 hits.
“I thought the Nunez kid was phenomenal for them,” Dunham coach Joey Thibodeaux said. “He was able to get his offspeed stuff over the plate and he kept us off balance all night.”
Right-fielder Caleb Day was 1-for-2 to pace Dunham (17-13, 5-3), while shortstop Alec Duhe was 1-for-3.
“My fastball, curveball and change-up were all working,” Nunez said. “I was able to put all of them pretty much where I wanted. And 3-for-4 with four RBIs … you can’t do much better than that.
“This (win) means a lot. I’ve been here three years and this is the best place to play. I’ve never had more fun on a team. You hope this was not the last (game), but you have to cherish it if it is.”
The Wolves, who have won eight of their last 10 games, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Sampson singled and second baseman Cameron Callihan followed with a bunt single.
A walk loaded the bases before Nunez smacked a two-RBI single. Stagg’s sacrifice fly brought home Chris Duncan with the third run. The Wolves added two runs in the fifth, courtesy of a two-RBI single by center-fielder Connor Callihan.
“When we’re loud as a team and we’re focused on playing together we can get anything done,” first-baseman Lee Whitaker noted.
And the Wolves got it done without needing the full seven innings. Sampson and Callihan walked to open the bottom of the sixth inning and were sacrificed to second and third, setting up Nunez’s second two-RBI single of the night.
Dunham made its second pitching change of the night. But the Tigers were unable to halt Redemptorisr’s wave of momentum.
The Wolves loaded the bases again. A hit batsman brought in another run before Todd Hunter’s walk-off two-RBI single ended it, eliciting a loud cheer from the fans.
“This win means a whole lot,” Stagg said.
“This is the best defensive game we’ve played. The energy was way up there.”