Baseball: St. Thomas Aquinas eliminated in extra innings

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The lone team from the New Orleans metro area in action on the opening day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Baseball Tournament in Sulphur Wednesday had to work overtime.

St. Thomas Aquinas lost 8-6 in nine innings to Ascension Episcopal in a Division III semifinal, the last of 12 games on the opening day at McMurry Park.

The Falcons, who finished 24-10, never trailed until extra innings. They built leads of 3-0 and 4-2 against Blue Gators starter Michael Brady before Ascension Episcopal rallied to tie the game in the top of the sixth.

The Blue Gators (27-9) scored two in the top of the eighth before Josh Blanchard re-tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning.

In the ninth, Cole Simon put Ascension Episcopal ahead for good with an RBI single and came around to score an insurance run on an error.

The Blue Gators are in the championship game for the second time in three years and will face fourth-seeded Calvary Baptist in Friday night’s final.’

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Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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