REPLAY: Catholic shuts down defending champion Jesuit in Division I baseball semifinal
HAMMOND – There will be a new champion in Division I in 2022.
The top-seeded Catholic Bears saw to that Thursday night, defeating defending champion and No. 5 seed Jesuit 3-1 in the semifinals at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in a game that aired live on NASH ICON 106.1 FM and CrescentCitySports.com.
In a game that was delayed by lightning for an hour and 32 minutes, the Bears were undaunted, displaying outstanding pitching and extra base hits to eliminate the Blue Jays.
Harris Waghalter pitched six strong innings, allowing just a run on three hits to pick up the win. Waghalter walked three and struck out five. Kyle Hertel pitched a perfect seventh inning to pick up the save.
The Bears took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning on a double by UL commit Ben Robichaux, who stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Prescott Marsh to take a 1-0 lead.
Catholic made it 2-0 in the third on a double by Louisiana Tech commit C.J. Sturiale and an RBI double by Trip Dobson.
The Bears made it 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Dalton Wilson was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI double by Matthew Reinholtz to make it 3-0.
Jesuit got on the board in the top of the fifth on a walk to Oddie Aucion, a single by Keith Pittman and a sacrifice fly by William Good to make it 3-1.
Waghalter and Hertel retired the final six batters in order to secure the victory.
Holden Hess took the loss, going five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Hess walked one and struck out six. Ryan Porched pitched a perfect sixth inning to close it out for the Blue Jays (23-14).
Catholic (30-7) advances to the state title game Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against No. 3 seed John Curtis Christian. Weather issues in Hammond for the select finals causes changes in the schedule, shifting the Division I championship from Saturday night.
The Bears are on a quest for their first state title since 2013 while John Curtis is in search of its 10th state championship and first since 2018.
Jesuit 000 010 0 — 1 3 0, 5 LOB
CHSBR 101 100 X — 3 6 0, 3 LOB
WP—Harris Waghalter (7-1)
LP—Holden Hess (5-3)
SV—Kyle Hertel (2)
SB—Patrick Berrigan, Ben Robichaux, Dalton Wilson
2B—Ben Robichaux, C.J. Sturiale, Trip Dobson, Matthew Reinholtz
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