The No. 6 seed Northlake Christian School Wolverines are still alive in the LHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. The Wolverines (23-10) took care of business on the road in the regional round yesterday turning back No. 22 Dunham 5-4 to advance. NCS senior Maverick Latour, a Spring Hill signee, hitting .360, came up big for the Wolverines ripping a game-winning run scoring double in the top of the seventh inning, plating Ruston West (.340) who had singled to break a 4-4 deadlock propelling the Wolverines into the quarterfinals of the Class 2A playoffs. Latour relieved starting pitcher Sean Tweedy with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Latour (7-2) earned the victory. He logged the final out in the sixth and then tossed a perfect 1-2-3 seventh for the victory to secure the regional round contest. NCS will find itself on the road again in the quarterfinals, doing battle with No. 3 seed Oak Grove, an 11-6 victor over No. 19 Redemptorist. Redemptorist had defeated No. 14 seed Archbishop Hannan 6-3 in the opening round.
The quarterfinal appearance will be the first for NCS in the last four years. NCS second-year coach Chad Catalano said, “It was a great team win. The guys played hard the entire game. Dunham tied it in the sixth and they could have shut down, but they never stopped believing. Great effort the entire game,” said Catalano.
Northlake Christian School raced out to a 3-0 advantage through three innings. The Wolverines stretched that to a 4-1 lead pushing across another run in the fourth frame. Logan Stevens and Ruston West triggered the Wolverines two-run first inning, reaching on an error and a hit batsman. Wolverines’ starting pitcher Sean Tweedy contributed a clutch two-run single putting NCS on top. Tweedy gave up four runs (only one earned) scattering seven hits. Tweedy went five and two-third innings, registering eight strikeouts with two walks, throwing 115 pitches before being replaced.
Way to go Wolverines and good luck in the upcoming quarterfinal game with Oak Grove.
In other Class 2A playoff action, No. 5 seed St. Thomas Aquinas, rolled past No. 21 Springfield 11-4 in the regional round to advance. STA will host No. 4 Kinder in the quarterfinal round. Kinder turned back No. 13 Isadore Newman 7-5 to advance. Kinder is the lower seed but will travel to the Falcons after playing their first two playoff games at home.

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