Extra-Inning Battles, Home Run Highlight First Day of LHSAA Baseball Championship Games
NON-SELECT DIVISION III STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 5 Berwick 4, No. 3 Doyle 2 (8 inn.)
Jayden Milton’s two-out, 2-RBI home run capped a memorable championship game Friday night as Berwick survived an extra-inning affair against Doyle to claim the school’s first state title win in five years.
The Panthers look to have the game clinched towards the latter end of the contest until a fly-out from Caiden Barcia helped Doyle tie up the contest that would eventually move into extra innings.
Milton left no doubt as he lifted the moonshot deep over the left field wall to overtake the lead, 4-2.
Dawson Richard took home Most Outstanding Player honors after working all eight innings allowing two runs off of five hits and striking out 12 batters.
Berwick registered six hits on the day with multiple hit efforts from Cru Bella (2-for-5) and Hayden Robinson (2-for-4).
Barcia took the loss for Doyle after working six innings and giving up two run on four with 10 strikeouts.
This is the third overall state championship for Berwick in school history.
NON-SELECT DIVISION IV STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Oak Grove 11, No. 3 DeQuincy 10 (12 inn.)
Tanner Duff’s RBI-single sealed the deal in Friday’s Non-Select Division IV championship game as Oak Grove outlasted DeQuincy, 11-10, in 12 innings.
The victory gives Oak Grove its sixth overall championship in school history and third consecutive.
It was a back-and-forth affair with both teams trading leads. Oak Grove grew an early lead to a 9-1 score over DeQuincy after five innings. However, the No. 3 Tigers would not go away scoring nine runs in the final two innings of regulation play.
Oak Grove tied the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh frame to send the contest into extra innings.
Caden McCarthy took the win for Oak Grove after tossing the final five innings in which he allowed no runs and only two hits despite walking four batters. Starting pitcher Jackson Bradley worked the first three frames surrendering one run off of four hits.
Brodie Stuart was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after driving in a game-high six runs on four hits. Oak Grove scattered 14 hits in the game with three players registering three or more hits apiece.
DeQuincy totaled 13 hits in the ballgame and were led by Reese Ashworth who went 5-for-7 with three RBI and one run scored.
Turner Rodriguez was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on three hits with three strikeouts.
NON-SELECT DIVISION V STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 3 Pitkin 8, No. 5 Anacoco 4
Pitkin completed its mission Friday after having outlasted parish-foe Anacoco, 8-4, for the Non-Select Division V state title.
The win gives the Tigers their first state championship victory since 2019 and 13th championship in school history.
The Tigers got things moving early with a four run, first-inning but Anacoco rallied to tie the ballgame up, 4-4, in the third inning thanks to a Kyle Scott double to even the score.
However, Pitkin pulled away for good in the bottom of the fourth with a barrage of four runs highlighted by Lincon Stephens’ two-RBI single to go up 8-4 over the Indians.
Stephens was awarded the game’s Most Outstanding Player award having worked two innings, allowing no runs or hits while hitting 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Pitkin scattered nine hits on the day with multiple-hit efforts form Stephens as well as Gage James while seven different Tigers totaled hits on the day.
Chase Taylor was charged with the loss after having worked 3.2 frames and allowing four runs off of five hits along with two strikeouts.
SELECT DIVISION III STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 St. Charles 9, No. 7 Holy Savior Menard 1
St. Charles Catholic took home its third state title in five years Friday afternoon following a convincing 9-1 win over Holy Savior Menard to claim the Select Division III title.
The Comets used an early lead to gain control of the contest with three runs through the first two innings of the game thanks to RBI-singles from Brayden Bertucci and Ayden Authement.
Friday’s victory was secured in the fifth inning thanks to a six-run barrage highlighted by Brady St. Pierre’s two-RBI double.
Brandon Kragle led St. Charles to victory with an excellent performance on the mound that included one run off of four hits over 6.1 innings, striking out eight batters. Michael Hotard worked the remaining two-thirds of the contest in relief.
Coen Laroux was charged with the loss for Menard with seven hits and nine runs allowed over 4.1 frames along with four strikeouts.
Authement’s performance at the plate led the Comets on the day with three hits and three-RBI while six different St. Charles batters drove in at least one run.
SELECT DIVISION IV STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Ouachita Christian 8, No. 2 Ascension Catholic 0
Thanks to spectacular pitching and a fiery offensive attack, the Ouachita Christian Eagles are bringing home baseball gold for the 10th time in school history.
Karson Trichel was exceptional in Friday afternoon’s victory where he took the victory after firing off six innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out four batters.
OCS scattered nine hits in the game with three batters turning in multiple hit efforts. Owen Hudnall led with two hits that drove in three runs while four others drove in a run each.
The Eagles went up by one run in the second but it was a fifth inning barrage of five runs that secured the victory thanks to a series of base hits.
Bryce Leonard took the loss for Ascension Catholic after working 4.2 frames and surrendering six runs off of eight hits along with six strikeouts.
The victory was Ouachita Christian’s third championship in the last five seasons.
SELECT DIVISION V STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Avoyelles Public Charter 3, No. 2 Family Community 0
Avoyelles Public Charter used a strong performance from the pitching duo of Conner Mayeaux and Mason Bordelon to blank Family Community, 3-0, and claim the school’s first-ever state baseball championship.
Mayeaux claimed the victory for the Vikings having worked 4.1 innings allowing just five hits and striking out six batters. He was awarded the game’s Most Outstanding Player award for his work on the mound.
Bordelon closed the game having fanned four batters and allowing no runs or hits just three days following a winning victory performance to send Avoyelles Charter to the championship game.
Raylee Thomas was charged with the loss after having surrendered three runs off of three hits and striking out seven.
Family Community totaled five hits in the game highlighted by Rusty Phillips’ two-hit day while Avoyelles Charter was led by Bordelon’s double in the bottom of the sixth inning.