Standing 2-9 heading into its game against Salmen on Thursday night, the Mandeville baseball team would take a win any way they can get it.
Taking advantage of six errors, Mandeville defeated rival Salmen 7-4 in the opening game of the Mandeville/Covington tournament.
The Skippers (3-9) opened the scoring in their first at-bat. Mike Lemmond led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by Spencer Andres. Lemmond scored on a sacrifice fly to give Mandeville a 1-0 advantage.
Salmen (6-5) answered in the third inning with a single run. Dylan Cross led off the inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second. A one-out single by Nick Talamo and a walk to Deionte Norris loaded the bases. Left fielder Troy Faciane’s squeeze bunt scored Cross to tie it at 1.
Mandeville loaded the bases in the bottom half of the third without the benefit of a hit. Catcher Shane Seeger drew a walk to drive in a run and give the Skippers the lead back 2-1.
The lead for the Skippers ballooned to 5-1 in the fifth inning. Mandeville got RBI singles from Nathan Chilton and shortstop Mike Romano in the inning.
Salmen made it interesting in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs and loading the bases before Evan Guillory came in relief and picked up the save.
Damon Koukoutchos picked up the win for the Skippers, allowing one run on one hit, striking out seven and walking seven.
“Before the game I told my team that we aren’t out of anything in the district race,” Mandeville coach Mark Weinmunson said. “We have 16 games left on the schedule. We lost four games due to bad weather. To get back into the win column today was big. We didn’t let the loss earlier this week to Fontainebleau influence us. It was ugly, but we did enough to win the game.
“We made the routine play tonight. That’s the biggest story for us. We haven’t had too many games where we have had a zero in the E column on the scoreboard. Hopefully this gets us going.
“We have young guys and are still in the process of figuring out a lineup. We have been beating ourselves a lot this season. To play good defense like we did and string together hits, brings a smile to my face. That is what we have to do to win games.”
The game was delay before the start of the bottom of the third inning due to high winds and threat of rain for about an hour and a half.