Spartans rebound to overcome Zoglio’s no-hitter

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Adam Trahan steals second base ahead of the throw to Hahnville shortstop Dillon Boudreaux in the first inning of the Spartans’ 4-1 victory Saturday night. Trahan scored two runs for East Ascension.

East Ascension overcame Justin Zoglio’s no-hitter to scratch out four runs in a 4-1 District 6-5A victory over Hahnville at Johnny Ambeau Field Saturday night.

“Whether he threw a no-hitter or not, we put balls in play to force them to make plays,” East Ascension head coach Wayne Grenfell said. “We competed tonight. When the Spartans come to play, we are good enough to compete with anybody. The Spartans are not just a bunch of Bad News Bears.”

“I am proud of our guys. After the other night, they could have put their heads between their legs and said it is going to be a long year but to their credit they hung in there and found a way to win. That is a sign of some character. Now we have to be able to take that and move on. This game is over with and now we have work toward the next game.”

Alec Singletary picked up the complete game win for East Ascension (8-10-1, 1-1) giving up one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out seven.

“Alec Singletary did an awesome job tonight,” Grenfell said. “He learned from what he did last time and executed this time. Every time  you play baseball, it is a learning experience and he handled it real well. We got some good pitchers and some good players. We just have to get them to believe in themselves.”

East Ascension found themselves in a two-way tie for third place with East St. John at the end of the first weekend of district play.

Zoglio walked five batters to surrender four runs while striking out eight.

Hahnville (10-9, 0-2) head coach Kade Rogers had no comment following the game.

“That is the way we have to play,” Grenfell said. “We have to be able to draw walks, get on errors and run bases. I think we stole four or five bases tonight.”

Singletary got out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning when shortstop Levin Fairchild stepped on second base to turn a double play on John Gomez’s grounder. Blaise Dempster grounded pass first to lead off before Singletary hit Jared Harrell and Ryan Waters.

Leadoff hitter Adam Trahan drew a walk in the bottom half and stole second before Zoglio hit Marcus Bailey but third baseman Harrell caught Jared Klienpeter’s bunt and threw out the base runner at first before Fairchild popped up.

Consecutive two-out errors put Ryne Robert and Brandon Young on in the second inning but Singletary struckout Dempster. Waters lined over first for a two-out double to the corner in the third but Singletary struckout Gomez.

Zoglio hit Trahan and Bailey in the bottom half and both stole bases before Klienpeter’s grounder to second was bobbled by Seppe Crovetto to plate a run. Kleinpeter was caught stealing but another run crossed on the throw to put East Ascension ahead 2-0.

Austen Waguespack and Trahan drew consecutive walks off Zoglio in the bottom of the fifth inning and Bailey reached on an error to load the bases. Waguespack scored on Kleinpeter’s grounder to Zoglio that got by catcher Jared Vial to allow another run putting East Ascension ahead 4-0.

Harrell reached on an error to open the sixth inning and advanced on a pass ball. Adam Trauth then lined through the center of the infield before a balk scored the Tigers’ only run.

Singletary hit pinch hitting James Pizzolato to open the seventh inning but came back to strikeout Dempster, Dillon Boudreaux and Harrell in order to end the game.

Waters was 1 for 1 with a double.

East Ascension’s Levin Fairchild turns a double play by stepping on second base to get the Spartans out of the first inning as Marcus Bailey backs up in the Spartans’ 4-1 victory over Hahnville Saturday evening.