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WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 – SEMIFINAL RESULTS
NON-SELECT DIVISION III
No. 3 Doyle 3, No. 2 South Beauregard 1
For a fourth consecutive season, Doyle High school will vye for a baseball state championship after the Tigers downed South Beauregard, 3-1, Wednesday evening.
Despite a strong pitching effort from Jace Duhon, the Knights were overcome with a trio of errors including a costly mistake that eventually led to a two-run effort from Doyle within the second frame.
Woods took the loss for South Beauregard, working all seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits and striking out nine.
Doyle added an insurance run in the top of the fourth inning before the Knights scored their lone run in the bottom half of the frame to cut the lead to two runs.
The Tigers received an effective outing from Peyton Woods who surrendered only one run on two hits over seven innings, striking out seven batters. Doyle received extra-base efforts from Kahner Reeves and Dathan Cummings to lead the hitting effort.
No. 5 Berwick 4, No. 1 Kinder 1
Berwick accomplished the unthinkable Wednesday evening with an upset over top-ranked Kinder to move into the state championship game for a second consecutive season.
The Panthers used a fifth-inning, two-RBI single from Zack Gonzales to snap a 1-1 stalemate in the Non-Select Division III semifinal contest. Gonzales led the hitting effort for Berwick with two hits along with two stolen bases.
An insurance run was added in the sixth by the Panthers to go up three runs over the No. 1 seeded Yellow Jackets.
Hayden Robinson was credited with the victory having lasted all seven innings while limiting Kinder to three hits and one run while striking out 10 batters.
Berwick was the first to strike with a run scored of an error in the second inning. The Yellow Jackets evened things up in the bottom of the third inning following an RBI-single from Lance LeBoeuf.
Brayden Guillory took the loss for the Panthers with four runs surrendered off of six hits in 5.2 innings of work.
NON-SELECT DIVISION IV
No. 1 Oak Grove 5, No. 12 Mangham 4
Oak Grove punched its championship ticket in dramatic fashion Wednesday night thanks to a walk-off single from James Harris to top Mangham, 5-4, in the Non-Select Division IV state semifinal contest.
Harris, who had went 0-for-3 leading up to the next at-bat, provided the heroics in the eighth inning as he launched a one-out line drive into left field allowing the winning run to rush in from third base and take the victory.
It’s the third year in a row that the Tigers will compete for state championship honors.
Oak Grove built a comfortable lead early in the contest but it was a fifth inning, four-run barrage from Mangham that help to even things forcing the contest into extra innings. Barrett Gwin scored the tying run thanks to a passed ball from the Tigers.
Brodie Stuart went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the hitting effort from Oak Grove while Tanner Duff was credited with the win after tossing three innings in relief with no hits or runs surrendered and one strikeout.
No. 3 DeQuincy 10, No. 2 Logansport 0
It was an historic night for the DeQuincy Tiger baseball squad as it scored nine runs over the final two innings to down No. 2 Logansport and advance to the school’s first state title game since 1981.
The contest remained tight up until the fifth inning when DeQuincy used three-runs to build on a lead that it held most of the night. Andrew Dowden, who led the hitting effort for the Tigers, got the scoring started with an RBI-single followed by two additional runs to take a 4-0 lead.
Dowden highlighted the next inning with a three-RBI triple to increase the lead to a 9-0 score.
Reese Ashworth was credited with the win for DeQuincy having allowed one hit and no runs while striking out 12 batters.
SELECT DIVISION II
No. 2 E.D White 2, No. 3 St. Thomas More 1
Braxton Comeaux’s seventh inning walk-off sealed E.D. White’s Select Division II semifinal win over St. Thomas More, 2-1, Wednesday.
The win sends the Cardinals to their first championship game since 2013.
With the game knotted up at one run apiece and facing two outs, Comeaux ripped a line drive into left field to drive in the winning run on a night where pitching highlighted the game.
Tyler Weimer earned the victory for E.D. White having worked all seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out 12 batters.
St. Thomas More’s Noah Melancon took the loss despite having only surrendering two runs on four hits in 6.1 frames, striking out four.
The Cardinals tallied five hits on the day with Matthew Melancon and Brenden Gaubert each turning in multiple-hit efforts.
No. 5 Vandebilt Catholic 7, No. 1 St. Louis Catholic 3
Vandebilt Catholic built a five-run lead in the first five frames that held strong as the Terriers toppled top-ranked St. Louis, 7-3, to move in Saturday’s Select Division II title game.
It’s the second consecutive season that Vandebilt will compete for a state championship.
Jacob Fairchild opened the scoring for the Terrier in the first inning but it was a three-run barrage in the fifth frame led by Ethan Robert and John Wade that upped the lead to a comfortable five-run advantage.
James Guidry earned the victory for Vandebilt with three runs allowed on seven hits, striking out one and walking none in seven innings of work. Fairchild led the hitting effort with two RBIs and two runs scored.
St. Louis Catholic was led by James Reina, who batted 2-for-3 on the night. Jake LaRocca took the loss for the Saints with four hits and five runs allowed over 4.2 innings.
THURSDAY, MAY 11 – TENTATIVE SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE
|Home (Third Base Side)
|Away (First Base Side)
|No. 4 Eunice
|No. 8 Lakeshore
|No. 6 North DeSoto
|No. 7 Iowa
|No. 3 Notre Dame
|No. 7 Holy Savior Menard
|No. 1 Catholic-BR
|No. 13 Archbishop Rummel
|No. 2 Jesuit
|No. 6 Pineville
|No. 1 St. Charles
|No. 4 Dunham
|No. 1 West Monroe
|No. 4 Sam Houston
|No. 2 Barbe
|No. 3 Sulphur