Baseball Playoffs: Lutcher, St. Paul’s, St. Thomas Aquinas post regional wins
LHSAA area state baseball playoff report for Friday, May 30
Best-of-three regional round LHSAA baseball playoff action got underway Thursday across the state.
In Class 3A, No. 3 Lutcher handled No. 19 Loranger 12-2 in a game shortened to 4 ½ innings by the mercy rule.
The Bulldogs (24-6) jumped on the Wolves early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning before adding two more in the second to make it 6-0. Lutcher put the game away with five runs in the third and another run in the fourth.
Noah Detillier led the attack with three hits and five RBI for the Bulldogs.
Kyle St. Pierre went the distance, allowing four hits and struck out seven for the victory. St. Pierre helped himself with a pair of RBI.
Dane Vining drove in both runs for the Wolves (11-16) while Cade Harper took the loss.
Game two is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. with game three, if necessary, to follow.
In Division I, No. 12 seed St. Paul’s shut out Holy Cross 4-0 in a game aired live at CrescentCitySports.com.
In Division II, top seed Parkview Baptist advanced with a 13-1, 9-0 sweep of No. 16 Haynes Academy, No. 4 University High advanced with a 15-1, 13-2 sweep of No. 13 De La Salle and No. 2 St. Louis Catholic advanced with a 10-4, 12-0 sweep of No. 15 Patrick Taylor.
In Division III, No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas scored a dramatic come-from-behind 6-5 victory over No. 13 Northlake Christian in a rematch of 10-2A rivals. The Falcons and Wolverines split a pair of games in the regular season.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Falcons (25-6) rallied, scoring four runs to win it in walk-off fashion.
In the winning rally, Jaden Collura had an RBI single to make it 5-3 before Jordan Trapani singled home a run and it was 5-4. Collura scored on a passed ball, setting the stage for the game-winning RBI single by Hunter Michel
Logan Pierre started and pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Dane Watts followed before Collura pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up the win, allowing one run on two hits.
Nick Tarantino started for the Wolverines (6-20), allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. Josh Lafontaine took the loss in relief.
Game two is set for this evening at 5 p.m. with game three, if necessary, to follow.
Among today’s games, No. 6 seed Brother Martin opens its best-of-three regional round series against No. 11 Scotlandville at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium at 4:30 p.m. You can watch both games live at CrescentCitySports.com at 4:30 p.m.
LHSAA area state baseball playoff results from Thursday, May 29
Regional Round best-of-three
(3) Lutcher 12, (19) Loranger 2
(12) St. Paul’s 1, (5) Holy Cross 0
Division II (1) Parkview Baptist 13-1, 9-0 over (16) Haynes Academy (Parkview Baptist advances)
(4) University High 15-1, 13-2 over (13) De La Salle (U-High advances)
(2) St. Louis Catholic 10-4, 12-0 over (15) Patrick Taylor (SLC advances)
(4) St. Thomas Aquinas 1, (13) Northlake Christian 0
LHSAA area state baseball playoff schedule for Friday, May 30
Regional Round best-of-three
(12) Assumption at (5) Lakeshore, 4 p.m.
(11) Rayne at (6) Franklinton, 6 p.m.
(17) Pine at (1) Doyle, 4:30 p.m.
(11) D’Arbonne Woods at (6) Springfield, 6 p.m.
(23) Vinton at (6) Fisher, 6 p.m.
(9) Archbishop Shaw at (8) St. Augustine, 7 p.m. at Wesley Barrow Stadium
(11) Scotlandville at (3) Brother Martin, 4:30 p.m. at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium (DH)
(10) McKinley at (7) Archbishop Rummel, 3:30 p.m. (DH)
(9) Archbishop Hannan at (8) E.D. White Catholic, 4 p.m.
(12) Lusher Charter at (5) Teurlings Catholic, 4 p.m.
(9) Holy Savior Menard at (8) Pope John Paul II, 4 p.m.
(12) Houma Christian at (5) Newman, 7 p.m. at Avenger Field
(16) Riverside Academy at (1) Ouachita Christian, 6 p.m.
(10) Country Day at (7) Opelousas Catholic, 4:30 p.m.
(15) St. Martin’s Episcopal at (2) Ascension Catholic, 7 p.m. at LaLa Regira Field
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