Baseball Playoffs: Three Division I teams advance, others grab key wins Friday
Area Prep Baseball Playoff Report for Saturday, May 1
Three area Division I teams advanced to the quarterfinals Friday, completing sweeps of their best-of-three regional round series contests.
At Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, No. 6 Brother Martin trounced No. 11 Scotlandville 25-4 and 20-1 to advance (recap and replays here).
The Crusaders (22-10) have won seven straight games and advance to play at District 9-5A rival John Curtis Christian next weekend.
No. 7 Archbishop Rummel had no problem with No. 10 McKinley, sweeping the Panthers 11-0 and 14-0 on campus in Metairie.
The primary story was that Rummel pitching did not allow a hit in the 10 innings pitched, recording a pair of no-hitters.
In game one, Brock Bullinger and Ira Austin combined on a no-hitter, recording nine strikeouts. Louisiana Tech signee Kyle Walker homered and drove in three runs while Tyler Cook had two hits and two RBI and Jake Cabeceiras was 3-for-3, including a double and an RBI. Casey Avrard had two hits and an RBI as well. J. Howard took the loss for McKinley.
In game two, Brady Ramon and Cole Bordes combined on a second no-hitter, striking out nine.
Logan Bertucci and Bradley Pelle each homered for the Raiders while Avrard had a double and two RBI. Aidan Champagne and Shane Hirstius had two hits and an RBI and Bullinger added a pair of hits for the Raiders, who had 16 hits. J. Bennett took the loss for McKinley (10-23).
Rummel (19-11) advances to take on Catholic League rival Jesuit at John Ryan Stadium next weekend in a best-of-three quarterfinal series.
No. 12 St. Paul’s completed a two-game sweep of No. 5 Holy Cross in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 win in eight innings at Tiger Park.
Southern Miss signee Matthew Russo ended it with a walk-off home run to right field.
Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by John Dade Wooton in the top of the first inning before St. Paul’s tied it in the bottom of the frame on a fielder’s choice grounder by Russo to make it 1-1.
The Tigers went ahead 3-1 in the top of the third on an RBI double by Tulane signee Gavin Schulz but St. Paul’s scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to lead 3-2 on an RBI single by Steven Spalitta and an RBI double by Trent Caime.
The Tigers tied it in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by UNO commit Davis Stephens and it stayed that way until the top of the eighth inning.
Russo went seven innings on the mound, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Freshman Braden Farizo pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win.
Josh Orr started for Holy Cross before Jake Kaufmann took the loss.
St. Paul’s (2-29), which had to forfeit its previous 21 wins for use of an ineligible player, advances to play at No. 4 Catholic of Baton Rouge in the quarterfinals.
No. 8 St. Augustine jumped all over No. 9 Archbishop Shaw early and held on for 10-6 win in game one of the best-of-three series between Catholic League rivals at Wesley Barrow Stadium.
The Purple Knights (15-16) scored twice in the bottom of the first, added three in the second and three more in the fourth and two in the sixth inning to take a commanding 10-1 lead.
The Eagles (15-19) battled back, scoring five runs in the top of the seventh but fell short.
Shannon Martin carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning for St. Augustine before Jude LaCava broke it up. Martin ended up going 6 1/3 innings, striking out six to get the win. Martin helped himself with two hits and four RBI at the plate.
LaCava paced Shaw with two hits and three RBI.
Game two is today at Wesley Barrow at 2 p.m.
In Division II, No. 9 Archbishop Hannan got off to a good start in its best-of-three series at E.D. White Catholic, winning 15-3.
The Hawks (16-10) played long ball to secure the win, as Ben Bonnafee, Bryce Coe, Logan Huth and Alex Roux each homered for Hannan.
Game two is today at 1 p.m. with game three, if needed, to follow.
In Division III, No. 5 Newman bounced No. 12 Houma Christian 10-0 at Avenger Field in game one of their best-of-three series.
Guillot tripled in a pair of runs in the first inning to get the Greenies rolling. Newman added three more in the second inning, featuring double by Sterling Scott and Sam Zurik. Will Randle belted a home run in the third inning and Newman coasted to victory.
Guillot pitched a shutout, allowing just two hits. Guillot walked just one and struck out two. Guillot had three hits while Jack Robert and Will Randle each had two hits.
Game two is today at 1 p.m. at Avenger Field with game three, if necessary, to follow immediately.
No. 8 Pope John Paul II shutout No. 9 Holy Savior Menard 4-0 in Slidell in the opening game of a best-of-three series.
Eric Schneider pitched a complete game three-hitter, walking no one and striking out four.
The Jaguars got the only runs they would need in the bottom of the second inning as DJ Morris was safe at home on a double steal to make it 1-0 with another run scoring on an error and it was 2-0.
Pope John Paul II scored their other two runs in the fourth inning on an error and an RBI by Zach Dauzat.
Raimer, Dauzat, Mikey August and Cody Pisciotta had two hits for the Jaguars, who tallied 10 hits.
Ashton Veade had two of the three hits for the Eagles. Cooper Scott took the loss for Menard.
Pope John Paul II (16-9) will host Menard (14-15) at 11 a.m. today with game three, if necessary, to follow immediately.
In non-select regional round action, in Class 4A, No. 5 Lakeshore edged No. 12 Assumption 5-4.
Devin Weilbaecher won it with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning before Lakeshore scored three runs in the third inning and a run in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
It stayed that way until the top of the seventh when Sage Rivere tied it with a two-run single to make it 4-4, setting the stage for Weilbaecher’s heroics.
Justin Neider picked up the win in relief of Jake Mueller, who went 6 2/3 innings. Mueller allowed four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five. Eli Lirette had two hits, including a double while Dominick Letort had two hits, including a double.
Shae Thibodaux took the loss, going the distance, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
Area Prep Baseball Playoff Results from Friday, April 30
(6) Brother Martin 25-4 and 20-1 over (11) Scotlandville (BM advances)
(7) Archbishop Rummel 11-0 and 14-0 over (10) McKinley (Rummel advances)
(8) St. Augustine 10, (9) Archbishop Shaw 6
(12) St. Paul’s 4, (5) Holy Cross 3 (8 innings; St. Paul’s advances 2-0)
(9) Archbishop Hannan 15, (8) E.D. White Catholic 3
(5) Teurlings Catholic 9, (12) Lusher Charter 0
(8) Pope John Paul II 4, (9) Holy Savior Menard 0
(5) Newman 10, (12) Houma Christian 0
Division IV (1) Ouachita Christian 10, (16) Riverside Academy 0
(7) Opelousas Catholic 9, (10) Country Day 0
(2) Ascension Catholic 11, (15) St. Martin’s Episcopal 4
(5) Lakeshore 5, (12) Assumption 4
(6) Franklinton 6, (11) Rayne 4
2A (1) Doyle 6-0 and 10-0 over (17) Pine (Doyle advances)
(6) Springfield 5, (11) D’Arbonne Woods 1
(23) Vinton 7, (7) Fisher 3
Area Prep Baseball Playoff Schedule for Saturday, May 1
(9) Archbishop Shaw at (8) St. Augustine, 2 p.m. at Wesley Barrow Stadium
(9) Archbishop Hannan at (8) E.D. White Catholic, 1 p.m. (game three, if needed 4 p.m.)
(12) Lusher Charter at (5) Teurlings Catholic, 11 a.m. (game three, if needed 2 p.m.)
(2) St. Louis Catholic 12, (15) Patrick Taylor 0 (5 innings. SLC advances)
(9) Holy Savior Menard at (8) Pope John Paul II, 11 a.m. (game three, if needed 2 p.m.)
(12) Houma Christian at (5) Newman-Avenger Field, 1 p.m. (game 3, if needed, 4 p.m.)
(16) Riverside Academy at (1) Ouachita Christian, noon (game 3, if needed at 3 p.m.)
(10) Country Day at (7) Opelousas Catholic, 11 a.m. (game 3, if needed, 2 p.m.)
(15) St. Martin’s at (2) Ascension Catholic, noon (game 3, if needed, 3 p.m.)
(12) Assumption at (5) Lakeshore, noon (game three, if needed at 3:15 p.m.)
(11) Rayne at (6) Franklinton, noon (game three, if needed at 3 p.m.)
(19) Loranger at (3) Lutcher, 11 a.m. (game three, if needed at 2 p.m.)
(11) D’Arbonne Woods at (6) Springfield, noon (game three, if needed at 2:30 p.m.)
(23) Vinton at (7) Fisher, noon (game three, if needed at 2:30 p.m.)
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