PLAQUEMINE – St. John the Evangelist High School scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back on the way to a 6-0 District 9-1A victory over Ascension Catholic on Tuesday evening at Eagle Field to claim the league title outright.
The War Eagles (25-6. 9-1), under coach Heath Whittington, also fell to Comeaux 10-3 Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season with a 10-6 victory over False River Academy Friday. St. John enters the Class 1A playoffs as the No. 6 seed and will host Christian Life on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first round.
"I think our goals are higher than a district championship," Whittington said. "We played our rival and beat them on our own field but I think we are not satisfied.
"This is how we played earlier in the season so hopefully we are getting back into that groove. The last time we played them, we had runners in scoring position and didn't do what we are supposed to."
Hunter Schnebelen earned the win for St. John on the mound striking out four over seven inning while surrendering only three hits and walking four.
"I just went out there and tried to throw strikes," Schnebelen said. "I appreciate the chance to throw this game. I spotted up my fastball on the inside and outside corner and my off speed pitches really got them. It feels great but we have unfinished business."
Jacob Maranto (double, two RBIs) and Morgan Booksh were each 2-for-3 at the plate. Chris Patin and Seth Gulotta were each 1-for-2 with a run and RBI.
Jacob Caballero (double, run, RBI) was 1-for-3 and Trevor Curry (run, RBI) was 1-for-4.
Hunter Medine took the loss for Ascension Catholic allowing six hits over three innings while striking out four and walking two.
"You have to give them credit," Ascension Catholic coach Todd Landry said. "They came out and swung the bats well. When we get behind like that it is very tough."
Reed Schexnayder and Tyler Simoneaux were each 1-for-2 for the Bulldogs (14-13, 7-3).
Schnebelen caught James Martin in a run down to first baseman Gulotta and shortstop Curry tagged him out in the bottom of the first.
Booksh beat out a grounder and stole second to lead off the bottom half. Curry's RBI-single to left cracked the scoreboard and Caballero followed with a run scoring double inside the first base line. Patin's liner to center put St. John ahead 3-0.
"We have been preparing really hard for good pitching," Whittington said. "Medine is a quality kid and we hit him hard."
The Eagles added another run in the third. Gulotta lined off Medine to make it 4-0 after Ledet drew a walk and Patin was hit by a pitch.
Maranto led off the bottom of the fourth with a standup double to the right gap before Booksh lined off Medine's left forearm forcing the lefty to leave the game.
"He was hit in the forearm pretty hard," Landry said. "He took a pretty good lick."
Schexnayder got out of a bases loaded jam by fielding a groundout.
Patin lined to right to lead off the bottom of the fifth and Maranto followed with a run scoring liner to left after Gulotta was hit. Colby Landry's grounder reflected the final tally.
Schnebelen struck out two of the final three batters he faced.
Ledet took the loss against Comeaux allowing four hits over three innings while striking out one and walking three.
Gulotta (two RBIs) and Curry were each 1-for-3 at the plate. Caballero and Landry each scored one run.
Brandon Noel struck out two over five innings allowing just two hits to earn the win over False River. Booksh struck out two in two innings of relief for the save.
Curry was 2-for-4 at the plate a home run and three RBIs. Noel was 1-for-1 with a run.
Gulotta was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs and Ledet was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Landry (two runs, two RBIs) and Maranto were each 1-for-3 while Booksh scored two runs. Patin scored a run and had a RBI and Schnebelen had an RBI.