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THURSDAY, MAY 11 – SEMIFINAL RESULTS
NON-SELECT DIVISION I
No. 1 West Monroe 4, No. 4 Sam Houston 3
West Monroe used a three-run, seventh inning effort to complete one of the most memorable comebacks as the Rebels upended Sam Houston, 4-3, and advance to the Non-Select Division I championship game.
With the game tied at three runs apiece and runners in scoring position, West Monroe centerfielder John Pearson lifted a single into right field allowing Garrett Frye to score the game-winning run thus sending the defending champions to Saturday’s title game against Barbe High School.
Bradyn Garner was credited with the win for the Rebels after completing the last two-thirds of the ballgame in relief. Starting pitcher Brandon Eager worked three innings allowing two earned runs while striking our four and Drew Ferguson working 3.1 frames with just one hit allowed and two strikeouts.
Pearson led the hitting effort for the Rebels with two hits on the night while three different batters drove in a run.
No. 2 Barbe 5, No. 3 Sulphur 1
In one of the most awaited showdowns of the postseason, nationally-ranked Barbe High School and Sulphur High School faced off in a rematch of District 3-5A foes where the Buccaneers took control early and used effective pitching to take the 5-1 victory over the Golden Tornadoes.
Landon Victorian was credited with the win after tossing 6.2 innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out four batters. Kasen Bellard and Presley Courville led the hitting effort for the Buccaneers with two-RBIs each.
Jake Brown took the loss for Sulphur with five runs surrendered on seven hits and two walks despite eight strikeouts.
Barbe advances to its 14th state championship game in school history where it will face off against West Monroe in a title game for the first time ever.
NON-SELECT DIVISION II
No. 7 Iowa 5, No. 6 North DeSoto 1
Reed Dupre’s pitching performance coupled with an effective hitting effort helped Iowa High School past North DeSoto, 5-1, and back to the state championship for the first time since 2017.
Dupre took the win in Thursday’s semifinal showdown after working all seven frames where he allowed only one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Tyler Lavergne and Hayden LeBleu led the hitting effort for the Yellow Jackets with Lavergne hitting 3-for-4 on the day.
North DeSoto received a hit from four different batters while the team’s only run came off of a fielding error.
The Yellow Jackets look to score their first championship victory since doing so in 2007.
No. 8 Lakeshore 9, No. 4 Eunice 3
Gavin Stein’s stellar offensive performance helped lead Lakeshore to an upset victory over No. 4 Eunice Thursday in the semifinal round of the Non-Select Division II playoffs.
The victory sends the Titans to their first state championship contest in school history where they will face No. 7 Iowa.
Stein drove in runs on a double in the first inning and a single in the second to give Lakeshore a quick 8-1 lead over the Bobcats. From there, the Titans the pitching effort of Dominick LeTort to finish the job as he surrendered just three runs on four hits over seven innings while striking out 12 batters.
Hudson Conner took the loss for Eunice with one run allowed on three hits in 5.1 innings.
The Titans totaled eight hits in the game with Stein and Eli Lirette each managing multiple hit efforts while four players tore up the base paths with seven total stolen bases.
SELECT DIVISION I
No. 2 Jesuit 6, No. 6 Pineville 4
The Blue Jays used four runs in the fifth inning to overcome an early deficit and take down Pineville, 6-4, to advance to the Select Division I title game.
With a 4-2 lead, Pineville fell victim to a barrage of Jesuit hits coupled with errors that allowed the Blue Jays to surpass the Rebels’ lead. Following an RBI-single from Berrigan, Jesuit took advantage of a pair of hit by pitches to help load the bases.
From there, Everett Denny singles into right field allowing two scores to run to tie the game but it was a throwing mishap by Pineville that allowed the Blue Jays to score the eventual winning run.
Jesuit tallied seven hits in the game with Gates Barre’ and William Good leading the way with two hits each. Pineville scattered eight hits while Amahri Jackson led the hitting effort with three hits.
No. 13 Archbishop Rummel 8, No. 1 Catholic (BR) 2
A stalemate was ended in the sixth inning as Archbishop Rummel put up three runs in the sixth inning to take a lead and never look back as the Raiders upset No. 1 Catholic of Baton Rouge, 8-1.
Rummel’s victory sends the school to the Select Division I state title game, its first since 2019.
The Raiders put up to runs to begin the game thanks to Rhett Centanni’s two-run home run. Catholic evened the contest in the next frame as Cole Cranford drove in two runs on a double.
Following its three run barrage in the sixth frame, Rummel used another trio of runs in the seventh to up its lead to an 8-2.
Giancarlo Arencibia, who started the scoring effort in the sixth inning for Rummel, was also credited with the win after working 6.2 innings while striking out 10 batters.
Centanni went 2-for-4 at the plate highlighted by a home run to lead the hitting effort.
SELECT DIVISION III
No. 1 St. Charles 9, No. 4 Dunham 4
St. Charles snapped a tie with two runs in the third inning to take a lead that held as the Comets downed Dunham, 9-4, and advance to the Select Division III state title game.
In the third, Brady St. Pierre’s ground out allowed a score to run while Brady Clement’s fielder’s choice allowed another to score.
The Comets used runs across the final four innings to extend its lead by five runs allowing for St. Charles to take the victory. St. Pierre took the win with 4.2 innings worked and four runs allowed while striking out three.
Clay Pecue took the loss for Dunham with six runs and five hits surrendered over two innings.
St. Charles racked up seven hits on the day with Jackson Monica and Brandon Kragle leading the way with two hits each.
No. 7 Holy Savior Menard 4, No. 3 Notre Dame 2
Holy Savior Menard used a pair of runs to take an early lead while surviving a late comeback from No. 3 Notre Dame to take a 4-2 victory in Thursday’s Select Division III semifinal game.
The win sends the Eagles to their first title game appearance since 2007.
In the first inning, Menard got its offense rolling thanks to an RBI-triple from Cooper Scott. Justin Aldredge led the way in hitting for the Eagles with two hits in four at-bats.
Andrew Prejean took the win for Menard with hive hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out eight batters.
Aiden Mouton was charged with the loss for Notre Dame surrendering two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings, striking out one batter.
FRIDAY, MAY 12 – STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
|Time||Division||Home (Third Base Side)||Away (First Base Side)||Field #|
|11AM||Select DV||No. 1 Avoyelles Public Charter||No. 2 Family Community||Field 40|
|11AM||Non-Select DV||No. 3 Pitkin||No. 5 Anacoco||Field 41|
|2 PM||Select DIV||No. 1 Ouachita Christian||No. 2 Ascension Catholic||Field 40|
|2 PM||Non-Select DIV||No. 1 Oak Grove||No. 3 DeQuincy||Field 41|
|5 PM||Select DIII||No. 1 St. Charles||No. 7 Holy Savior Menard||Field 40|
|5 PM||Non-Select DIII||No. 3 Doyle||No. 5 Berwick||Field 41|
SATURDAY, MAY 13 – STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
|Time||Division||Home (Third Base Side)||Away (First Base Side)||Field #|
|2 PM||Select DII||No. 2 E.D. White||No. 5 Vandebilt Catholic||Field 40|
|2 PM||Non-Select DII||No. 7 Iowa||No. 8 Lakeshore||Field 41|
|5 PM||Select DI||No. 2 Jesuit||No. 13 Archbishop Rummel||Field 40|
|5 PM||Non-Select DI||No. 1 West Monroe||No. 2 Barbe||Field 41|