Baseball Playoffs: Mistakes cost St. Paul’s as Catholic rallies to win series opener

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At Grizzly Field, it was a good pitching matchup between LSU commit Kade Anderson of St. Paul’s and Louisiana Tech commit CJ Sturiale of Catholic of Baton Rouge.

When you make a few mistakes against a good team, you will pay a price.

No. 12 St. Paul’s found that out the hard way Thursday evening as No. 4 Catholic scored runs on a wild pitch, an error and a balk and parlayed that into a 4-2 victory over the Wolves in game one of the best-of-three Division I quarterfinal series.

Ben Robichaux put the Bears on top with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.

The Wolves (4-28) scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning to grab a 2-1 lead as Southern Miss signee Matthew Russo homered to tie it before Steven Spalitta followed with another solo home run to give St. Paul’s the lead.

Catholic tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Dalton Wilsonn scored on a wild pitch and it was 2-2.

The Bears (21-13) won it in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring twice. The winning run scored on an error on a dropped pop up off the bat of Clayton Pourciau that would have ended the inning still tied.

That ended the night for Anderson, who reached the prescribed pitch count of 115 during the at-bat.

Braden Ferizo took over on the mound and he balked, scoring an insurance run for the Bears to make it 4-2.

CJ Sturiale pitched a complete game to get the win for the Bears, allowing just three hits while fanning five batters. Sturiale walked just one. Shortstop Eric Hebert had a pair of hits for Catholic.

Anderson went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits with eight strikeouts. Anderson walked four. Spalitta had two of the three hits for the Wolves.

The Bears have now won eight straight games and 12 of their last 13. The loss snapped a six-game win streak on the field for the Wolves.

Game two is set for 6 p.m. Friday with game three, if necessary, to be played Saturday.

More select playoff action gets underway Friday in Division I with the first game in best-of-three quarterfinal matchups.

No. 8 St. Augustine (16-16) travels to No. 1 Byrd (23-7) while two Catholic League rivalries are renewed as No. 5 Brother Martin (22-10) faces No. 5 John Curtis Christian (18-6) at Harahan Playground and No. 7 Archbishop Rummel (19-11) battles No. 2 Jesuit (27-6) at John Ryan Stadium. You can watch that entire series live at CrescentCitySports.com.

John Curtis swept Brother Martin while Jesuit swept Rummel in district play.

In Division III, No. 5 Newman (23-9) opens its series at No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (26-6) while No. 2 St. Charles Catholic (20-9-1) hosts No. 7 Dunham (21-13).

In non-select quarterfinal action in Class 4A, No. 5 Lakeshore (20-11) opens its series at No. 4 Neville (20-14) while No. 6 Franklinton (25-5) plays at No. 3 North Vermilion (29-7).

In 3A, No. Lutcher (25-6) hosts No. 6 West Feliciana (22-10).

In Class 2A, No. 1 Doyle (25-8) is home against No. 8 Kinder (21-14), No. 6 Springfield (24-9) plays at No. 3 Mangham (22-4) and No. 7 Fisher (21-4) plays at No. 2 Rosepine (25-5).

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Area Prep Baseball Result from Thursday, May 6

Division I
(4) Catholic (BR) 4, (12) St. Paul’s 2 (Catholic leads 1-0 in best 2-of-3)

Area Prep Baseball Playoff Schedule for Friday, May 7
Division I
(8) St. Augustine at (1) Byrd, 6 p.m.
(12) St. Paul’s at (4) Catholic (BR), 6 p.m.
(5) Brother Martin at (4) John Curtis Christian, 6:30 p.m. at Harahan Playground
(7) Archbishop Rummel at (2) Jesuit, 6 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium on Crescent City Sports

Division III
(5) Newman at (4) St. Thomas Aquinas, 6 p.m.
(7) Dunham at (2) St. Charles Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

Class 4A
(5) Lakeshore at (4) Neville, 6 p.m.
(6) Franklinton at (3) North Vermilion, 4 p.m.

Class 3A
(6) West Feliciana at (3) Lutcher, 6 p.m.

Class 2A
(8) Kinder at (1) Doyle, 6 p.m.
(6) Springfield at (3) Mangham, 5:30 p.m.
(7) Fisher at (2) Rosepine, 6 p.m.

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