Baseball Playoffs: Lakeshore, Franklinton, Loranger advance on busy opening round Tuesday

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Area Prep Baseball Playoff Report for Wednesday, April 28

The opening round of the LHSAA non-select playoffs continued Tuesday.

No. 5 Lakeshore handled No. 28 Ellender 11-1 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs in Mandeville.

The Patriots scored a run in the top of the first inning before the Titans answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.

Lakeshore broke it open with five runs in the bottom of the second and finished it off with four runs in the fourth inning.

Preston Scott had two hits and two RBI, Tyler Steed had a double and two RBI, Morgan Sauber had a hit and two RBI and Blake McCarthy had two hits and an RBI for Lakeshore as part of a nine-hit attack.

Sauber pitched three innings to get the win, allowing one run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Laine Trosclair took the loss for Ellender, allowing all 11 runs, six earned, as the Patriots were plagued by six errors.

Hagon Liner drove in the only run for the Patriots.

Lakeshore (18-11) advances to the regional round best-of-three to host No. 12 Assumption, who handled No. 21 Warren Easton 10-0 in six innings.

No. 6 Franklinton dismissed No. 27 Bolton in five innings at Franklinton.

Jordan McKenzie pitched a complete game, striking out 10 in five innings. McKenzie added two hits while Ricky Burkhalter, Daylin Sigler and Will Sigler also had two hits each for the Demons.

Franklinton (23-4) will host Rayne in the regional round. Rayne whipped No. 22 Pearl River 10-0 in six innings.

In 3A, No. 19 Loranger went on the road and upset No. 19 Caldwell Parish 3-2.

The Wolves scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held on for the win. The Spartans scored a run in the fourth inning and a run in the sixth.

Ethan Crayton had two hits and an RBI while Brendon Graham had a hit and two RBI to pace the Wolves, who had eight hits. John Newman added a double.

Senior Troy Morel went four innings to pick up the win, allowing one run on just one hit. Morel walked four and struck out five, using 82 pitches. Graham pitched two innings, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts before Crayton came on and retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two to get the save.

Loranger (11-15) advances to face No. 3 Lutcher in a best-of-three regional round series. The Bulldogs whipped No. 30 Mamou 11-1 on Monday.

In Class 5A, No. 6 Walker broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and shutout No. 27 Destrehan 5-0 at Walker.

The big blow was a base-clearing double by Spencer Murray. Cameron Crow and Brock Darbonne each added an RBI single in the big inning.

Caleb Webb pitched six shutout innings for the Wildcats. Edwards pitched the final inning to preserve the win.

Noah Simon took the loss for the Wildcats (18-13-1).

Walker (27-7) advances to face No. 22 West Ouachita in a best-of-three regional round series. West Ouachita upset No. 11 Acadiana 3-1.

No. 7 Benton handled No. 26 Chalmette 9-4.

The game was tied-1-1 into the bottom of the third inning when the Tigers scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead. Brock Van Hoy had a two-run single. Benton added three more runs to take a 7-1 lead after five innings.

Chalmette scored three runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-4 but left the bases loaded. Benton extended the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.

Van Hoy was 3-for-4 for the Tigers, Gavin Jacobs was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Austin Berry had a sacrifice fly. Grayson Gates picked up the win for Benton, going 5 1/3 innings, striking out 10.

Trent Gonzales had an RBI double for the Owls.

No. 12 Central eliminated No. 21 Hahnville 9-3.

The Wildcats three runs in the bottom of the third and two in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead. After the Tigers scored twice in the top of the sixth, Central put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-2 before Hahnville added its final run in the seventh inning.

Jimmie Johnson had three hits and two RBI for Central while Connor Cassels drove in four runs. Jude Gremillion and Brody Knapps each added two hits for the Wildcats, who had 10 hits and took advantage of four Hahnville errors.

Johnson went six innings to pick up the win, allowing just two runs on three hits, striking out 12.

Collin Zeringue took the loss for Hahnville while Aidan Machado drove in a run for the Tigers.

Central (21-10) advances to take on No. 5 Ruston on the road in the regional round best-of-three series. The Bearcats downed No. 28 Ponchatoula 4-1 on Tuesday.

Area Prep Baseball Playoff Results from Tuesday, April 27

Class 5A
(12) Central 9, (21) Hahnville 3
(6) Walker 5, (27) Destrehan 0
(7) Benton 9, (26) Chalmette 4

Class 4A (1) Tioga 20, (32) McMain 0 (5 innings)
(5) Lakeshore 11, (28) Ellender 1 (5 innings)
(12) Assumption 10, (21) Warren Easton 0 (6 innings)
(13) Minden 8, (20) Karr 0
(14) Carencro 7, (19) Belle Chasse 6
(11) Rayne 10, (22) Pearl River 0 (6 innings)
(6) Franklinton 12, (27) Bolton 2 (5 innings)

Class 3A (1) Sterlington 18, (32) Kenner Discovery 0 (5 innings)
(9) Jena 12, (24) Douglass 2 (5 innings)
(19) Loranger 3 (14) Caldwell Parish 2
(6) West Feliciana 12, (27) St. James 1 (5 innings)

Class B
(16) Holden 12, (17) Bell City 5
(20) Monterey 3, (13) Mount Hermon 1

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