Monday’s matchup between the St. John Eagles and Ascension Catholic Bulldogs was typical, according to head coach Chris Harrell. A one-run pitching duel between two talented 6-1A squads came down to the wire, but it was Eagle pitcher Landon Leblanc that came out victorious over Bulldog pitcher Landon Clifton.
The St. John Eagles scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the first. Both teams stood through the next five and a half innings. The Eagles were looking for an insurance run while the Bulldogs sought to tie the game.
Tre Dupont notched the only hit off Bulldog pitcher Clifton on an infield single then took second after an ACHS error. Dupont stole third and, thanks to a sacrifice fly from Collin Barbee, scored the game-winning run.
“These games are always close and come down to the wire,” head coach Chris Harrell said. “Yesterday’s (Monday) game was baseball at its finest. It was a classic pitching duel.”
Leblanc allowed just three hits through seven innings, and pitched ACHS’ second shutout of the season. There were only four hits and one run scored between both pitchers.
“We have to tip our cap to ACHS for playing a good game, but in the end we did enough to squeeze out the win.”
Monday’s win means that at the very least, if St. John drops Wednesday’s upcoming rematch at Ascension Catholic, both teams will share the 6-1A title. If the Eagles win, then call it a done deal.
The game begins at 5:30 p.m. on Bulldog turf.