Taking advantage of three Northlake Christian errors, Northshore defeated Northlake Christian 5-2 in nondistrict baseball action Tuesday night.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Panthers (4-2) were able to get two runs to grab the lead.
Josh Jochum led off the inning with a walk. Trying to sacrifice Jochum to second base, Travis Jones reached on an error. After third baseman Gary Cavallo reached on a fielder’s choice, Josh Marues was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs.
Catcher Blake Way then lined an RBI single into right field, scoring Jones. On the play, the throw to the plate was wide, which also allowed Cavallo to score to give the Panthers the lead for good at 2-1.
Northshore added an insurance run an inning later on a RBI single by center fielder Hunter Campbell, scoring Parker Morris. Cavallo also added an RBI infield single to extend the lead to 4-1.
Northlake Christian (1-4) pushed an unearned run across the board in the third inning. After Justin Estrada doubled with one out, Ruston West reached on a throwing error with two outs and Estrada scored to make it 1-0. The Wolverines added another unearned run in the sixth inning.
Senior JD Evans (2-0) picked up the win for Northshore, going six-plus innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits, striking out four and walking one.
“I felt really good tonight,” Evans said. “I was just trying to throw strikes and hit my spots. With the kind of calls both teams were getting tonight as a pitcher you just have to focus on getting the ball over the plate. The ball was kind of wet out on the field (Tuesday), so that may have accounted for so many errors on both sides, but we know we have to clean it up and get better.”
Cavallo picked up the save with a perfect 1-2-3 sixth in relief.
Tweedy (0-2) was the losing pitcher for Northlake Christian, going 3.2 innings, along two runs (one earned) on two hits, striking out seven and walking five.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Panthers as they travel to Hannan to take on the Hawks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Northlake Christian, meanwhile, heads to north Louisiana to take on Choudrant in the St. Fredrick’s Tournament beginning Thursday.