Six-run inning sparks Spartans to victory

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

East Ascension has played well to start the 2017 season, and they continued their stellar play last night as they opened the Jay Patterson Shootout with a 6-2 home victory over Archbishop Shaw.

The Spartans were down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. It was there that a two-RBI triple by Ryan Williams helped spark a six-run flurry that put the game out of reach.

In that critical fourth inning, Grant Griffin got things started when he reached base following a Shaw throwing error.

Reese Hebert then doubled, and Griffin was able to score after another throwing error.

After a Joseph Stevens walk, Williams then belted out a triple in the gap in left-center to put the Spartans up 3-1.

Jacob Thompson was then hit by a pitch and Cameron Schexnaildre reached base and Williams scored on another Shaw throwing error.

Both players were then brought home on a two-RBI double by Noah Fontenot.

With a 6-1 lead, East Ascension was able to cruise to a victory.

Fontenot earned the victory from the mound as he pitched five complete innings--only giving up three hits and striking out four batters.

From the plate, Hebert went 2-3 and both Williams and Fontenot went 1-2 with two RBIs.

The win improved East Ascension to 8-3 overall.

"I like where we're at. There's no doubt," Spartan head coach Britt Waguespack said. "We're playing some good teams, but we're still not playing the best baseball that we can play. Our kids are motivated by that. This is a team that doesn't look at its record. Every day, we're looking at how to get better from the previous day.

"We have a bunch of experienced players, and that's what we're playing with. I have four three-year starters out there. It's all about leadership."