Fontenot Dazzles in Williamsport
Lake Charles, Louisiana's
Fontenot pitches team to series-opening 5-1 win over Mills Creek,
By Jesse Caputo
Saturday night under the lights of
Howard J. Lamade Stadium started off with
what looked liked a promising pitchers duel. In the first inning,
both pitchers retired the side on strikeouts and it appeared the
estimated crowd of 16,500 was in for an exciting game.
In the end, Louisiana's Kennon
Fontenot outdueled Mills Creek, Washington's Jason Todd, as the Southwest
champs beat the Northwest champs, 5-1.
Todd started off strong, but was unable to keep pace with Fontenot. Todd lasted
innings, giving up five runs and striking out seven.
On most nights those stats would have held up, but unfortunately for
Todd, Fontenot was lights-out from the start.
Fontenot went 5.1 innings, allowing only one earned run and
recording 15 strikeouts.
“I just had all my pitches and tried to hit the mitt, and that’s what
I did,” Fontenot said.
Northwest manager Scott Mahlum couldn’t get over the performance
Fontenot had on the hill.
“I don’t know how you prepare to face a kid that throws that hard
and has that kind of control,” Mahlum said. “I don’t know how you
prepare a team for that. The batting cages don’t throw that hard.”
In the second inning, Southwest opened the scoring with two runs on a couple of
singles and stolen bases by Bryce Jordan and Nicholas Abshire. In
the third, they followed up with two more runs behind a triple,
double, and single. They were only a home run short of hitting for
the cycle in the inning.
Peyton McLemore was called on by Southwest manager Charlie Philips
to pinch hit in the fourth inning and he made sure to get advice
from teammates about the Northwest pitcher. McLemore received good
advice and slapped a single to right field to drive in the second
run of the inning.
In the top of the fourth after Fontenot gave up a double and
run-scoring single, the tall right-hander came back with consecutive
strikeouts to end the threat.
Gunner Leger relieved Fontenot in the sixth, recording the final two
outs of the game. Leger came in with runners on base and just tried
to throw strikes, he said. He induced a pop fly and grounder to the
second baseman to finish off the game.
The Southwest team has never played under the lights at a field like
Lamade Stadium or in front of such a large crowd as was on hand
Saturday night. Fontenot and his teammates made sure they enjoyed
“I felt like a major leaguer,” Leger said.
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