The Northland Christian baseball team captured the Rosehill Classic championship on Saturday and is riding a 4-game win streak going into the always challenging Father Wilson/Sister Julia tournament in the Houston area. This tournament features some of the best teams in private school baseball, highlighted by SPC champion Kinkaid and 23-time TAPPS state champion St. Thomas.
Manager Rick Nixon has led Northland to a 5-3 record overall. The Cougars dropped their only district game to Emery Weiner 2-1 last Monday in walk-off fashion for the Jaguars.
Nick Labbie leads the Cougars at the plate with a .467 average. Labbie is also one of the Cougars’ more dependable arms on the mound. The senior tossed a no-hitter in the Northland win over Rosehill Christian last Thursday to open the Rosehill Classic. Sealing the Rosehill tournament championship on the mound was the ever dependable Noah Fouts. The senior right-hander is 2-1 on the season.
Before the season, Nixon expected big things from newcomer Mike Parmely. The senior has been anything but a disappointment with a .333 average. Shortstop Michael Chase might be the most consistent at the plate, reaching base half of every plate appearance (.500 OBP) while sporting a .333 hitting average.
The Cougars are scheduled to start the Father Wilson tournament Thursday morning against Fort Worth Southwest Christian.