NEWS

WCHS notches second in 9-A baseball with win over WSJ Rams

Tryve Brackin
FINAL TWO…White Castle High outfielder Ronald Martin and his Bulldog teammates claimed no worse than second-place honors in the District 9-A baseball race Saturday with their fifth league win.

White Castle High claimed no worse than District 9-A runner-up honors and a likely state playoff berth Saturday with a 12-6 victory over West St. John High.

The victory boosted the Bulldogs to a 5-2 record and the current third place WSJHS Rams cannot catch them in victories. The two clubs were to play a doubleheader, but the Bulldogs needed only one win to finish ahead of the Rams and well as North and East Iberville in the league standings. Ascension CHS entered this week’s action with a 5-0 league mark and are likely to claim the title this week. Both of WCHS’ district losses are to ACHS.

The 13-9 overall Bulldogs actually opened last week’s district play with a decisive 14-0 loss to ACHS. Coach Josh Scott’s White Castle club had a shot at tying for first place in the league race when they hosted the ACHS club early last week. However, ACHS pitching ace Chris Cabellero tossed a two-hit shutout at the WCHS club and drove in a pair of runs at the plate to shatter the locals’ hopes of tying up the top spot. WCHS lost in the first round of league play by a narrow 8-7 score to ACHS.

WCHS bounced back from the loss to ACHS Saturday with their six-run victory over West St. John.

WCHS right-hander Isaac O’Bear handcuffed the Rams batters just enough to forge the key 9-A win. Catcher Jonathan Roberts led the way on offense for the Bulldogs by hitting his third home run of the district season. He added a single and drove in a trio of runs. Outfielder Tyre Bracken also had a key hit in the victory.

“We did not get a lot of hits, but we had a number of base on balls. They walked in a lot of runs and committed a couple of key errors,” explained Coach Scott.

Roberts and Bracken have been key hitters throughout the season and district play for Scott. First-year first baseman Dedrick “Snoop” Gore has been a key extra-base hitter as well. O’Bear, outfielder Ronald Martin, second baseman Sha’Michael Valentine, and shortstop Vance Williams also have been solid hitters in the lineup. Quincy Jones, Gerad Carlin, and Terrance Taylor are other key starters for the Bulldogs.

THIRD PLACE STILL IN CONTENTION:

Idle North Iberville had a possible a shot at tying West St. John for third place honors in the district race entering their Tuesday (after deadline) doubleheader with hosting East Iberville, the only winless league club.

Coach Rob Howle’s NIHS Bears entered the game with a single district win over West St. John (by a 9-8 score) to go with two losses to White Castle. The Bears were hoping to get into a third-place position with two wins over EIHS Tuesday. ACHS was slated to play WSJHS Tuesday as well. The Rams had three victories when they entered the Tuesday game with ACHS. Today (Thursday) NIHS and ACHS are slated for a doubleheader, if needed to settle any issues.

East Iberville loomed as the district team with the most distant chance for a high league finish when the week’s action began. The Tigers were 0-5 when they entered the doubleheader with NIHS.

The EI Tigers dropped their fifth-straight league game last week when they lost 15-0 to ACHS.

The hosting ACHS boys had 15 hits and capitalized on five Tiger errors to win the game. ACHS tallied 12 runs in the second inning.

EIHS was limited to only a pair of hits. Robbie Brown and Casey Warthen had base hits in the loss for the Tigers. Chris Williams suffered the mound loss. Cabellero had a triple and a single to lead ACHS.

TOP PRODUCER…North Iberville’s Bears have been led on the diamond in District 9-A games this season by sophomore pitcher-outfielder Tre’vion Hawkins. NIHS entered this week with an outside hope for a playoff berth.