The stage was set like it had been time and time again this season. Two outs, trailing by one, one man on base and the team’s long ball hitter was coming to bat.
The St. John Eagles, whose games have often been filled with drama, played the championship game last Friday in dramatic fashion, like so many earlier in the season.
Trailing 4-3 as they came to bat in the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles had put the tying run on base and home run slugger Landon LeBlanc came to bat.
An infield blooper brought the Eagles’ championship hopes to a disappointing end, but by any definition, the St. John baseball team had an incredible season, finishing 32-6-1.
The 32 wins set a new record for St. John for total wins for a season.
“The last at-bat for Landon, it was just a quarter of an inch from us walking with a homerun, but that’s baseball,” said first year Head Coach Jason Kinchen said.
St. John led for most of the game, having put two runs on the scoreboard in their half of the first inning.
They held onto it through four scoreless innings on the part of both teams, then Ascension Catholic went ahead 3-2 with an explosive three-run sixth inning.
The Eagles evened it up in the bottom of the sixth, but an unanswered run on the part of Ascension Catholic in the top of the seventh sealed St. John’s fate.
Reese Barrilleaux got the start at pitcher for the Eagles, going five and a third innings before Kinchen replaced him with Adam Blanchard.
LeBlanc led St. John at the plate, getting two hits in his four at-bats.