Trailing 9-0 after four innings, things looked dire for the Newman baseball team against Country Day on Thursday afternoon.
But the Greenies didn’t panic as Newman scored eight runs with two outs the rest of the way to rally for a 10-9 District 12-2A win at Pontiff Playground.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way the kids hung in there and kept fighting,” Newman coach Trey Guillot said. “We left some runs on the bases early in the game, but we were fortunate enough that we were able to come back today. It was a total team win. It’s a real testament to those guys.”
Country Day (10-4, 1-2) was in control, scoring in each of the first four innings, but things changed in the top of the fifth. Starter Jase Griffin was pulled after issuing three straight walks to open the inning, and Newman scored four runs on six walks and an error to cut the lead to 9-4. In four innings, Griffin gave up three runs, two hits and six walks.
The Greenies (11-7, 4-2) erased that deficit in the sixth by scoring five runs with two outs. After two runs scored on an error, sophomore Calder Schmidt belted a two-run double to left and later scored on an error to tie the game.
“It was an all-around team effort,” said Schmidt, who went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. “The whole game changed when their starting pitcher went out the game. We started getting some walks, and we were smart in the batter’s box. Once we started to score some runs, everything was downhill from there.”
In the seventh, Storey Charbonnet was hit by a pitch with two outs, stole second and scored on an error to seal the Newman comeback.
While Newman batters drew 12 walks, Greenies senior reliever Alex Abramson threw three innings of scoreless relief to get the win. He walked three, struck out two and allowed no hits. Cass Lapeyre led the Newman offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.
“Obviously, the approach is always to come in, throw strikes and try to get ahead of the guys,” Abramson said. “I wanted to let my defense work behind me, and they did a good job tonight. They’re big district rivals. We got down early, but we fought back and found a way to get the win in the end.”
For Country Day, Justin Ibieta took the loss allowing four unearned runs on two hits in two innings. He walked one and struck out three.
The Cajuns’ Blake Masson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Michael Hickey went 2-for-4. Howie Weinstock added three RBIs and walked three times.
Four Cajuns pitchers held the Greenies to four hits, but the defense committed four errors.