Another day meant there was another baseball pitcher’s duel in District 7-3A.
University High’s Manny Miles tossed a four-hitter, striking out seven to lead University High past Parkview Baptist 2-1 in a game played Thursday at the UHS Field.
All the scoring took place in the first inning. The game was anything but devoid of action as Miles (3-1) and PBS’ Hunter Joubert (2-2) matched each other pretty much all the way.
It was similar to the 2-0 victory PBS earned over U-High on Tuesday. Joubert gave up seven hits and struck out five and held the Cubs (15-7, 3-1) in check by working out of two possible jams.
Parkview (12-12, 2-2) couldn’t muster timely hits off Miles, who mixed his fastball, slider and change-up.
“I think my slider was my out pitch today,” Miles said. “I threw it a lot, not only as an out pitch, but also as a first pitch to get ahead of batters because they weren’t expecting it.
“What this (win) does for us is it puts us in control of our own destiny. That’s important, especially in this district.”
Parkview’s Sam O’Brien finished 2-for-3 and scored the Eagles’ lone run. U-High spread the wealth, with Jacob McCain recording an RBI hit, while Will Keller had a sacrifice fly.
“You’re not going to find a better 3A district in the state,” Parkview coach Darron Mitchell said. “You’ve got us, West Feliciana, Brusly and U-High who all have quality pitching.
“We got what we expected today (from Miles). It was fastball, slider. We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities we had. We chased a few out of the zone and when you don’t get that timely hit with runners in scoring position you’re not going to win.”
It was another split week for the Eagles, who split games with West Feliciana last week.
The Eagles got the upper hand early. O’Brien singled with one out, took second on a passed ball and then scored when Joubert reached an error. Miles went into damage-control mode and induced a pop up and fly out to end the bottom of the first.
The Cubs went right to work in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Seth Daugherty laid down a bunt single to third and moved all the way to third when a pickoff throw bounced past PBS’ Wes Anderson.
Keller’s sacrifice fly tied the score at 1-1. Jake Wharton walked, stole second and scored on McCain’s single to left center, giving the Cubs the lead they’d never relinquish.
Miles retired seven straight early in the game pitched part of the game with his father LSU football coach Les Miles in attendance. Les Miles stood along the first-base line in the final innings. Parkview did challenge the Cubs. Hayden Nickens doubled in the fourth with no outs. But Miles got the next three batters to snuff out the threat.
The Eagles also had baserunners in the fifth, sixth and seventh but couldn’t cash in. The story was much the same for U-High.
The Cubs had baserunners in four other innings.
UHS tried a double steal in the fifth to manufacture another run, but the Eagles got the out on the runner moving to second. PBS got leadoff batter Darius Jones on with a walk in the seventh. U-High catcher Peyton Wagner made a bare-handed grab of Pryce Fletcher’s bunt and Miles got the next two batters to close out the win.
“It’s a big win for us,” first-year UHS coach Justin Morgan said. “For me it was about us having a complete team win. We bunted a few times and we had some timely hits. We’ve also had some productive outs.
“Manny’s the ultimate competitor. He did a good job filling up the strike zone and making some big pitches.”