New Orleans celebrates in game against Columbus

New Orleans wins doubleheader

Fans treated to three exciting games at Iron Horse

We played three games at Iron Horse Thursday afternoon and each one was a thrilling contest. Columbus and Youngstown both had sizeable leads in their games, but neither were able to hold on to them. New Orleans overcame a 4-run hole and Chicago came back from 5-down to win.

New Orleans survived the four team rumble in Windber but faced strong competition in both of their games. The Boosters will have Friday off as they await the winner of the Altoon / Boston game. Columbus, Youngstown, and defending champions Chicago-Metropolitan have been eliminated from the tournament.

New Orleans 11 - 4 Columbus

Pitchers Columbus' Jacob Chrysler and New Orleans' Connor Williams, aided by their defense, kept the game scoreless through five innings. In the sixth--after New Orleans had stranded two runners in scoring position--Columbus broke open the scoring with four runs. Aaron Strausbaugh continued his strong tournament showing with an RBI triple with 1 out. A suicide-squeeze play brought in their second run. Matt Shannon then crushed a 2-run home run for the Jets. Chrysler struck out 2 Boosters in the top of the next inning as Columbus appeared to be in control of the game.

Columbus manager Tony Perz was happy to see his team raise their level of play against New Orleans, especially considering how rough their start to the week had been. Rather than give up after their tough loss to Johnstown on opening night, the Jets rebounded with a big win against Brooklyn, then had a huge rally against Livonia late in the game, carried a 4-run lead over favorites New Orleans into the eigth inning.

"I ain't gonna lie to you, we were concerned," admitted New Orleans manager Joe Teuton. "But we know we've got a lot of fire power and we figured if we could get one across and get a little momentum, we've got a chance."

It finally all came together for the Boosters in the top of the 8th, as Columbus allowed a seven-run inning for the second consecutive day. Daniel Lahare scored two with a single and Cole Freeman's single added another. After loading the bases with a hit-batsmen, Cody Ducote's grand slam put New Orleans on top 7-4. The Boosters added four more in the top of the ninth courtesy Dylan Weston's RBI single and Daniel Lahare's 2-run home run.

"[Our starter Jacob Chrysler] did great, I just think the coach made a bad decision not to take him out a little earlier," said Coach Perz, referring to himself. "I thought we had some good energy, I thought defensively we were playing decently enough, and we were pitching well enough. We had them off balance all day. I just think we made a couple bad pitches."

"It shows you why he was a junior college All-American and signed with LSU," said Teuton of Dacote, who hit the go-ahead grand slam. "That was the first big hit of the tournament [for us] and it couldn't have come at a better spot."

Teuton: "Ever heard the thing 'don't wake a sleeping giant?' We might of got a wake-up call. I think that once things get rolling with this team, it'll be hard to stop."

New Orleans' Cody Ducote
hit a grand slam
Columbus Jets celebrating Columbus Jets

  Chicago-Metropolitan 10 - 9 Youngstown 

The defending champions found themselves trailing Youngstown late in the game, but used another 8th-inning rally to overcome the deficit and turn the tables. In their game against Laurel Auto, the comeback needed only two runs, but six were necessary to beat the Crocs.

"You felt the energy pick up there a little in the 8th as they said to each other 'come'on, we can do this'," recalled Chicago manager Zac Charbonneau. "Then we get a couple base runners and nobody wanted to be that last out."

The two teams exchanged the lead in the early innings and were tied at 4 after three. Youngstown rallied to double their score in the fifth inning, highlighted by Christian Porterfield's 3-run home run. They added another run in the top of the eighth inning, but the Patriots rallied in the bottom of the eighth. Eric Schnieder's 2-out, 2 run double tied the game. The Patriots then took the lead and let Reilly Peltier close it out in the ninth.

"Vince Pitzulo has pitched big games for us," said Youngstown manager Bob Mingo. "I would not change anything." Pitzulo replaced Wooster senior Hank Schlueter, who had reached his maximum pitch count for the game.

"My guys played their hearts out," said Mingo. "We stole bases left and right, but we did leave a lot of men on base, too. We could have really blown this game open if we had capitalized on some key hits."

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  New Orleans 5 - 3 Chicago-Metropolitan 

See below for a play-by-play recap of this game.

"We ran out of gas at the end there," said Charbonneau. "What I can be most proud of is that our guys never laid down. They battled until the end and that's all I can ask as a coach."

"I think they were trying to keep us off balance and they actually did a good job," said Teuton of the Chicago's pitching. The Patriots shared the pitching workload between four players, trying to find enough arms to get past the Boosters.

"You gotta tip your hats to those guys, they competed really well," said New Orleans' Teuton of his opponents. "And after they threw their closer in there, that little kid that came in just kept us off balance."

Having just finished emotional wins in the morning, the two teams came out flying for the second part of their doubleheader, and exchanged single runs in the first inning. Dylan Weston's solo home run in the third gave New Orleans the lead, but Chicago tied it with an RBI single in the fifth.

New Orleans' Dylan Weston doubled in two runs in the bottom of the fifth and Justin Nussbuam hit an RBI single to give the Boosters a 3-run lead. Eric Schneider's solo home run in the eighth got one back for Chicago, but they would come no closer as New Orleans won by the final of 5-3.

"I struggled last game and in this game, but coach did a great job keeping me positive and calming me down at the plate," said Weston, a sophomore at Delgado Community College. "He told me not to press and to simplify the game."

"Once we won the first game, I think we had some momentum coming into the second game," said Teuton. "I think we expected to win and the guys played a lot looser."

The Boosters are in good shape with their pitching staff, as opening day starter Brooks Vial is ready again, and Troy Lewis is still available. They will also have Friday off while they await the winner of the Boston / Altoona game.

New Orleans pitcher Evan Hileman New Orleans' Cody Ducote Chicago-Metro's Matt Vitulli

 

Unofficial Play-By-Play Recap of New Orleans vs Chicago-Metro

1st INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
2WinickHIT - Single to left
1VitulliOUT 1 - Sacrifice bunt; Winick to second
19SchneiderHit by pitch
10CoppinBase on balls
8RybackiHIT/1-RUN - Single to second base; Winick scores
11DoughtyOUTS 2 & 3 - Double play 6-4-3
1 R 2 H 0 E 3 LOB = Chicago leads 1-0
1st INNING - New Orleans
Pitcher: Joe Funkhouser
1FreemanOUT 1 - Pop out to first base
21LewisOUT 2 - Fly out to right field
5DucoteHIT - Double to center
23RomeroHit by pitch
22ClarkHIT/1-RUN - Single to left field; runners advance on throw home
27WestonOUT 3 - Ground out 6-3
1 R 2 H 0 E 2 LOB = tied at 1
2nd INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
7CharbonneauOUT 1 - Swinging strike out
16LasswellOUT 2 - Swinging strike out, 2-3
3RendinaOUT 3 - Ground out 4-3
0 R 0 H 0 E 0 LOB = tied at 1
2nd INNING - New Orleans
Pitcher: Joe Funkhouser
7MageeBase on balls
2NussbaumHIT - Single to short
17LahareOUT 1 - Fly out to center
1FreemanOUT 2 - Pop out to short stop
21LewisOUT 3 - Ground out 6-3
0 R 1 H 0 E 2 LOB = tied at 1
3rd INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
2WinickOUT 1 - Ground out to pitcher
1VitulliOUT 2 - Fly out to left field
19SchneiderHIT - Single knocked down by pitcher
10CoppinOUT 3 - Single down third base line, thrown out at second
0 R 1 H 0 E 1 LOB = tied at 1
3rd INNING - New Orleans
Pitcher: Joe Funkhouser
5DucoteOUT 1 - Ground out 5-3
23RomeroHIT/1-RUN - Home run; Romero scores
22ClarkHIT - Triple to center field
27WestonOUT 2 - Called strike out
7MageeOUT 3 - Ground out 6-3
1 R 2 H 0 E 1 LOB = New Orleans leads 2-1
4th INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
8RybackiOUT 1 - Swinging strike out
11DoughtyOUT 2 - Fly out to left
7CharbonneauOUT 3 - Ground out 5-3
0 R 0 H 0 E 0 LOB = New Orleans leads 2-1
4th INNING - New Orleans
PITCHING CHANGE: Rob Leonard for Joe Funkhouser
2NussbaumOUT 1 - Ground out 5-3
17LahareBase on balls
1FreemanLahare steals second
OUT 2 - Pop out to second base
21LewisE1 - Lahare steals third
OUT 3 - Pop out to right field
0 R 0 H 1 E 1 LOB = New Orleans leads 2-1
5th INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
16LasswellOUT 1 - Ground out to first base
3RendinaHIT - Single to center
2WinickOUT 2 - Fielder's choice 5-3
1VitulliHIT/1-RUN - Single to center; Rendina scores
19SchneiderOUT 3 - Ground out 6-3
1 R 2 H 0 E 1 LOB = tied at 2
5th INNING - New Orleans
Pitcher: Rob Leonard
5DucoteOUT 1 - Swinging strike out, 2-3
23RomeroBase on balls
22ClarkBase on balls
27WestonHIT/2-RUNS - single to center field; Romero scores; Clark scores
7MageeOUT 2 - Fly out to right
2NussbaumHIT/1-RUN - Single to center field; Weston scores
17LahareOUT 3 - Fly out to center
3 R 2 H 0 E 1 LOB = New Orleans leads 5-2
6th INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
10CoppinHIT - Single to center
8RybackiOUT 1 - Swinging strike out
11DoughtyOUT 2 - Fielder's choice 4-6
7CharbonneauOUT 3 - Fly out to right
0 R 1 H 0 E 1 LOB = New Orleans leads 5-2
6th INNING - New Orleans
PITCHING CHANGE: Reilly Peltier for Rob Leonard
1FreemanOUT 1 - Line out to third
21LewisBase on balls
5DucoteOUT 2 - Pop out to first base in foul territory
23RomeroLewis steals second base
Base on balls
22ClarkLewis steals third base
OUT 3 - Fly out to center
0 R 0 H 0 E 2 LOB = New Orleans leads 5-2
7th INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
16LasswellOUT 1 - Swinging strike out
3RendinaOUT 2 - Ground out 5-3
2WinickOUT 3 - Ground out 4-3
0 R 0 H 0 E 0 LOB = New Orleans leads 5-2
7th INNING - New Orleans
PITCHING CHANGE: William "Anthony" Rendina for Reilly Peltier
27WestonOUT 1 - Fly out to left field
7MageeHIT - Single to center field
2NussbaumOUT 2 - Magee picked off at first
OUT 3 - Fly out to right field
0 R 1 H 0 E 0 LOB = New Orleans leads 5-2
8th INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Evan Hileman
1VitulliOUT 1 - Ground out 6-3
19SchneiderHIT/1-RUN - Home run; Schneider scores
10CoppinOUT 2 - Swinging strike-out
8RybackiHIT - Single to center
PITCHING CHANGE: Troy Lewis from left for Evan Hileman
DEFENSIVE CHANGE: Daniel Lahare to leftfield
DEFENSIVE CHANGE: Garrett Shano for Cody Ducote to rightfield
11DoughtyOUT 3 - Fly out to center
1 R 2 H 0 E 1 LOB = New Orleans leads 5-3
8th INNING - New Orleans
Pitcher: William "Anthony" Rendina
17LahareOUT 1 - Ground out to first
1FreemanOUT 2 - Ground out 6-3
21LewisHIT - Single
13GarrettOUT 3 - Swinging strike out
0 R 1 H 0 E 1 LOB = New Orleans leads 5-3
9th INNING - Chicago-Metro
Pitcher: Troy Lewis
7CharbonneauOUT 1 - Fly out to left field
16LasswellOUT 2 - Fly out to left field
3RendinaOUT 3 - Fly out to left field
0 R 0 H 0 E 0 LOB = New Orleans wins 5-3
9th INNING - New Orleans

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