The Holy Cross Tigers picked up a big road win over the Chalmette Owls on Monday night, but it wasn’t easy.
Holy Cross had to dig out of a 2-0 first-inning hole, but rallied for a 4-3 nondistrict victory.
The Tigers improved to 15-8 while Chalmette fell to 17-6.
“For a long time, many Holy Cross students came from St. Bernard (Parish), including me,” Holy Cross coach Greg Battistelle said. “It’s nice to come back to where you’re from and play well and represent your school to the best of your ability.”
Holy Cross’ Chris Turpin gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down and pitched five innings of shutout ball to pick up the win.
“I wasn’t really pounding the strike zone,” Turpin said. “But I was able to hit my spots the rest of the game.”
The Owls struck first in the opening inning. Malik Blaise smashed a double off the right-center field wall to score a runner from second and move another over to third.
Brandon Wilson then drove home the second run on an RBI groundout.
Holy Cross had a chance to do some damage in the third. The Tigers put two runners on with one out thanks to a Chalmette error. However, Chalmette catcher Austin Bergeron picked off the runner on first and pitcher Rafe Schindler struck out Christian Clayton to retire the side.
The Tigers were able to get on the board in their next at-bat when Trè Turner homered to straightaway center field to lead of the fourth inning.
Schindler managed to limit the damage to just that one run and retired the rest of the batters in order.
Chalmette had a chance to get the run back, but stranded a runner at second base with one out in its half of the fourth.
Holy Cross finally got even in the fifth. Mickey Toscano led off the inning with a four-pitch walk. After a pair of groundouts moved Toscano over to third, Matt Mulhisen singled him home.
Mulhisen advanced to second, and then Christian Clayton singled him in to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Holy Cross on a valuable insurance run on another Chalmette error in the seventh.
The Owls had one inning left to rally. Schindler led it off with a triple to right field. Randy Asevado singled him in to make it a one-run game. They got the tying run in scoring position, but Brendan Tarrabella struck out Austin Bergeron to end it.