Eagles compete in Ascension Catholic Tournament

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
Tre Dupont

St. John Eagles recently competed in the annual Ascension Catholic High Tournament over the weekend where they faced Catholic P.C., Dunham and University High.  Before they hit the road, however, SJHS faced off against French Settlement at home and came away with a 5-1 victory.

St. John and visiting French Settlement each blanked the first three innings of their March 14 bout, and it wasn’t until the top of the fourth that the first run was scored.

FS scored their first and only run of the game early in the fourth, but St. John tacked on two of their own in the bottom of the fourth, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth.  FS was held scoreless through the final three.

Tre Dupont led the Eagles with three hits in the win, followed by Justin Rivet with two.  Rivet racked up a pair of RBIs.  Landon LeBlanc pitched all seven innings and racked up five strikeouts.

After the win, SJHS hit the road to compete in the Ascension Catholic Tournament where they opened round one with a 5-1 victory over Catholic P.C.

CPC scored their only run in the first inning and held St. John scoreless through the first four.  The Eagles did not put up any runs until the top of the fifth (three) and added two more in the sixth.

Grant Blanchard and Collin Barbee each totaled a pair of hits, Dupont with one.  Barbee also totaled a pair of RBIs, Blanchard and Dylan Hurst each earned one.

Hurst was the winning pitcher for the Eagles and totaled three strikeouts and 13 first pitch strikes.

SJHS advanced to take on Dunham in round two of the tournament, but were trounced 13-2 after five innings of play.  St. John put up one run in the first and one in the fourth, but could not find a way to keep pace with the Baton Rouge club.

Tre Dupont and Grant Blanchard split pitching duties in the loss.  Dupont threw 14 first pitch strikes, Blanchard threw nine.  Dupont racked up a pair of strikeouts.

St. John looked to close out the tournament with a win over University High, but came up just short, 1-3.

Dupont was the team’s hit leader with three, followed by Landon LeBland with two.  Reese Barrilleaux knocked in an RBI.

Barrilleaux also pitched for the Eagles and totaled six first pitch strikes and two strikeouts.

The Eagles will continue district play this week on the road against Ascension Christian on Tuesday and again at home on Thursday.