Shaw rallies in final frame to beat Holy Cross to advance to quarterfinals
MARRREO – Down to their last at-bat, No. 8 Archbishop Shaw was faced with the prospect of having to play a rubber game with ninth seed Holy Cross in the Division I regional round.
The veteran Shaw squad decided that was not going to happen.
The Eagles rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to down the Tigers 6-4 at Winterscheidt Field Saturday afternoon to win the best-of-three-series two games to none in a game aired live on CrescentCitySports.com.
The winning rally started against Holy Cross reliever Chris Sercovich.
After Sercovich got the first out, junior Jayce LaCava singled before senior Logan Muhleisen singled. Carson Walton ran for Muhleisen and both runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch.
Senior Leo Kerner singled home a run to tie the game at 4-4 and Tyler Clark relieved Sercovich and walked junior Julyan Clarks intentionally.
Senior Justin Oubre delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring LaCava give the Eagles a 5-4 lead. Pinch-hitter Wyatt Marque, the hero of a 3-2 victory in game one, got the game-winning RBI again when he was hit by a pitch, scoring Walton to make it 6-4.
Muhleisen nailed down the victory in relief of Oubre, pitching two shutout innings, allowing one hit with two walks and three strikeouts.
Oubre worked five innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Oubre walked two and struck out five, hitting a batter.
In a game of momentum, the Eagles took control early scoring a run in the top of the first inning on a walk to Cameron Bolden, a stolen base and an RBI single by Leo Kerner to take a 1-0 lead.
Shaw expanded the lead to 3-0 in the second inning on a walk to senior Justin Oubre, a double by senior Trey Parks, an RBI single by senior Cole Guidry and bases loaded walk to Logan Muhleisen, which ended the day for Holy Cross starter Will Andrade.
The Tigers started their comeback in the bottom of the third inning as Brady Forstall walked and Colin Cure belted a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Holy Cross (12-24) took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Cure, a throwing error, and RBI single by Andrew Bradley to tie the game and an RBI single by Blake Chauvin to give Holy Cross a 4-3 lead, setting the stage for the winning rally.
Shaw defeated Holy Cross 3-2 in game one Thursday night after Holy Cross swept a pair of regular season district contests.
Archbishop Shaw (19-16) advances to the Division I quarterfinals next weekend at No. 1 seed Catholic of Baton Rouge.
AS 120 000 0 — 6 7 3, 9 LOB
HC 002 020 0 — 4 6 1, 9 LOB
WP—Logan Muhlheisen (2-3)
LP—Chris Servovich (2-5)
Time of Game: 2:18
SB—Cameron Bolden, Cole Guidy, Gavin Richard, Ryder Planchard, Brody Forstall, Jeffrey Louis
2B—Trey Parks, Blake Chauvin
HR—Colin Cure (3)
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