Cardinals win district opener with offensive explosionMar 29th, 2011 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: sports
The Belle Chasse Cardinals opened up district 8-4A play in fine fashion recently at home versus the Vandebilt Catholic Terriers. All nine hitters recorded a hit, and the Cardinals slugged three home runs in the 20-5 beating of district foe Vandebilt Catholic. Nick Beall recorded the win on the mound, and the defense settled down as the game went on in the district opener.
Vandebilt Catholic opened up the game scoring four runs in the top of the first. The Terrier bats notched four hits and took advantage of walks and errors in creating the four run lead. It did not take long for the Cardinal bats to fire back. With two outs in the bottom of the first Nick Flair drew a walk, then Nick Thurman followed that up with a single before Alex Drum stepped to the plate. Drum, coming off a concussion suffered last week during practice, stepped up to the dish and blasted a ball deep into the twilight over the scoreboard in left. The Cards were coming back, now down just 4-3.
Sophomore Nick Beall settled down on the mound and with the help of Randy Brooks’ cannon arm gunning down a Terrier at the plate, Vandebilt was held scoreless in the second. The Cardinals proceeded to score three more in the second. Adam Fitzgerald led off the inning hitting a frozen rope over the right centerfield fence for a solo home run. Brooks followed that up with a perfectly placed bunt and later scored on an error by the shortstop trying to field a Nick Thurman grounder. Cameron Guidry closed out the scoring in the second on a passed ball and a close play at the plate.
In the third, Beall’s composure took over and he retired the side in order. After a single by sophomore Terry Esteve, a hit by pitch to Adam Fitzgerald, and a walk to Randy Brooks, senior Austin Barrois came to the plate with the sacks full and blasted a ball over right centerfield for a Grand Slam! Cardinals 10, Terriers 4.
Beall kept dealing and the Cardinal bats stayed hot. Belle Chasse added 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth, and Beall retired the side in the top of the fifth evoking the 10 run rule and winning 20-5.
It was a total team effort for Belle Chasse on the night as the energy in the dugout was tremendous, as was the focus on the diamond. In addition to Drum, Barrois, and Fitzgerald’s home runs other notable Cardinal hitters were Nick Thurman (2 for 4), and Terry Esteve (3 for 4 with two doubles).