Brusly-based team wins Legion playoff opener _lowres

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Livonia head baseball coach Jason Lemoine.

The Post 160 Spillway Spinners, based out of Brusly High, shook off a two-hour rain delay to claim a 10-0 victory over Salmen-based Post 185 in the opening round of the Sixth District American Legion baseball playoffs at Mandeville High’s Walter B. Sirera Field.

Pitcher Jarrod Jarreau had a lot to do with that. The incoming sophomore at Baton Rouge Community College threw a four-hit shutout. The game scheduled for nine innings, was called after 61/2 innings due to the mercy rule.

The lengthy delay between the first and second innings did nothing to slow the southpaw’s mission. He threw a scant 66 pitches, struck out eight Post 185 batters and hit one batter. He didn’t allow a walk.

“You can’t let a delay like that get to you,” Jarreau said. “You just sit, wait, clear your mind. You can’t tell yourself your arm is going to hurt or anything like that. You just have to get on the mound and throw strikes.”

Post 160 (6-2) struck early with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Ty Gurr led off with a single and moved to second on an infield single by Jarion Holmes. Gurr was picked off of second, but Holmes advanced and Corey Free knocked him in on an RBI double to left-center field four pitches later. Post 185 starter Cody Cross coaxed a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning.

That’s when the delay came, however, which stalled play for two hours. When play resumed, the outs came quickly for 2½ innings, until Post 160 struck again in the fourth.

Free led off with his second double, and Melvin Frazier reached on an infield bunt. Another bunt single by Landon Andre scored Free to make the game 2-0. Cross recorded outs on a batter’s interference and a lineout to left that was snagged by Khalil Bijou, but Blake Manola walked and Chris Patin followed with a single that scored Frazier. Andre scored after a throw to third base scooted down the left-field line, which made it 4-0 in favor of the Brusly-based squad.

Post 160 got to the 10-run mark in the bottom of the sixth. After loading the bases on singles by Connor and Blake Manola and a walk by Patin, Gurr cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple to right-center field to make the score 7-0. That led to Cross being pulled in favor of Zach Taylor, but the reliever’s first pitch went to the backstop, and Gurr scored to make it 8-0.

Holmes reached on walk, and Free on an error by Taylor. Holmes scored on a throwing error to third to make the score 9-0. A passed ball scored Free to push the lead to 10-0.

Jarreau was dominant to close the game, recording two fly balls and a strikeout in the seventh to seal the victory for Post 160.

Post 160 will play the winner of Tuesday’s nightcap between Mandeville-based LLOG and Dutchtown-based Gauthier-Amadee at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Post 185 (5-3) will play the loser of that game at 4 p.m.

The winners of Wednesday’s games will meet Thursday to determine the Sixth District champion.

“It’s always important to come out and get an opening-round win in tournament play,” Post 160 coach Jason Lemoine said. “You want to stay out of the losers bracket and not have to fight your way out of it. We were able to do that tonight with hitting and Jarreau on the mound. He played for me in high school too, and this is one of the best games I’ve seen him pitch.”

Post 160 totaled 10 hits. Gurr and Free both had two hits to lead Post 160. Andrew Carlos had two of Post 185’s four hits against Jarreau.