OPELOUSAS — Aaron Whipp set the tone with one swing of the bat.
The Opelousas Catholic leadoff hitter found himself in a quick 0-2 hole during Monday night’s baseball game at rival Westminster Christian Academy. Whipp managed to foul off a likely strike three from WCA starting pitcher Jonah Manuel and then displayed enough discipline not to swing at a fourth pitch in the dirt.
The Vikings senior shortstop then took Manuel’s fifth pitch over the left field wall and trotted around the base paths. That wasn’t the first time Whipp would cross home plate as the OCS star went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, five RBIs and four runs in the Vikings’ 18-6 victory.
“I just saw the ball and hit it,” said Whipp of his two homers. “I don’t ever think about hitting it out of the park. I just want to make contact and get a hit.”
“All he knows how to do is play one way and that is with aggression,” OCS coach Justin Boyd said.
Whipp may have been the first to score, but he wasn’t be the last Viking to do so.
OCS (15-4) batted through the lineup in the opening inning and scored two runs off of walked batters.
In the second inning, Whipp drew a walk and scored two batters later as Spencer Gardner hit a home run over the left field wall, near the same spot Whipp had an inning before.
Gardner went 4-for-5 with four RBIs.
Then in the third, OCS padded its lead with four more runs as Whipp hit his second home run of the night, this one a three-run homer.
“I think this is the first game that we have it like this one through nine,” said Boyd, whose team returns to action Thursday hosting Episcopal. “We finally had our entire lineup come out and compete at the plate tonight.”
WCA (12-5) rallied in the bottom of the third scoring five runs, including a bases-clearing triple by Judah Barber.
OCS responded by batting through the lineup in the top of the fourth, scoring seven runs, highlighted by a leadoff home run by Caleb Theriot. OCS hit four home runs off three different WCA pitchers in the first four innings of Monday’s game.
OCS added two more in the fifth as the team locked up the mercy-rule victory in the bottom of the inning.
“I tip my hat to that team,” WCA coach Randy Hux said. “They were scorching balls off of my starter. Then they scorched balls off of soft-throwing lefty and then my right-handers. That team can flat out hit.”