The St. John Eagles are in complete control of their destiny in the chase for the District 6-1A title after they beat rival Ascension Catholic 14-4 in game two of the series on Wednesday.
It all started with a 1-0 thrilling Eagle win on Monday that put the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs in desperate need of a victory at home.
The Eagles would not even let the Bulldogs have a chance after the visiting team jumped out to an early 6-1 lead over ACHS after just three innings of play, and they never looked back.
St. John tacked on another run in the top of the fourth, blanked the fifth and dominated the top of the sixth with seven runs.
St. John held ACHS to just three runs in the sixth to close out the game with a final score of 14-4.
One key factor in the Eagles’ win, according to head coach Chris Harrell, was not having to face dynamic Bulldog pitcher Landon Clifton. Instead, SJHS hit against pitcher D.J. Giroir.
“Clifton is one of the best pitchers in 1A,” Harrell said, “so not having to face him helped.”
St. John racked up a pair of hits against Giroir in the first inning, and two Bulldog errors gave the Eagles an early 2-0 lead.
Pitcher Giroir hit three batters, and Eagle Tre Dupont hit in an RBI single in the top of the second to extend the Eagle lead 5-0.
ACHS entered the bottom of the second hoping to close an early gap, but could muster up just one run off of pitcher Dylan Hurst.
The Bulldogs would not score another run until the bottom of the sixth (three), but until then St. John ran the table.
The Eagles racked up seven runs in the final inning and five hits, including a two-RBI double from Josh Carbo and a three-RBI double from Dylan Hurst.
“It always feels good to sweep your district rival,” Harrell said. “The players did a great job of staying focused and taking care of business.
“Defense played very well, Hurst threw strikes and challenged their hitters, and offensively we were locked in.”
Dylan Hurst racked up three hits in the win, followed by Collin Barbee and Tre Dupont with two. Hurst was also the team’s RBI leader with four, followed by Landon Leblanc with three and Josh Carbo with two.
Hurst pitched all six innings for the Eagles and earned 16 first pitch strikes.
With the sweep over Ascension Catholic, the St. John Eagles are in total control of District 6-1A. They have just two more district games remaining on their schedule against the 3-7 East Iberville Tigers.