Season ends for Eagles in round one

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
St. John Eagles' season came to an end on Wednesday after falling at home to Houma Christian

Baseball season has come to a close for the Eagles after No. 7 seed St. John fell to No. 10 Houma Christian at home in the first round of the newly created Division IV playoffs on Wednesday.

Houma Christian jumped out to an early 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first. St. John mustered up one run in the bottom of the first.  Both teams blanked the second inning and the Eagles put up another run in the third to close in on the HC lead 2-3.

HC put up one run in the fourth, but the Eagles could not follow suit.  Both teams blanked the fifth and sixth innings, but HC pulled away in the top of the seventh with three more runs to force the Eagles into an early exit, 7-2.

Landon Leblanc and Dylan Hurst split pitching duties.  Leblanc pitched five innings, Hurst pitched two.  Leblanc racked up 14 first pitch strikes and a pair of strikeouts.

SJHS ended their regular season with a 11-1 record in district play and claimed the District 6-1A crown.

“This has been a tremendous season for our program,” head coach Chris Harrell said.  “From where we started to where we finished, there was lots of growth.

“We knew we had a young team coming in with only one returning senior, but never used that as an excuse.”

The Eagles experienced to adversity this season due to missing players and injury, but the team never used that as an excuse.

“We had high expectations and fell short of our goal.  The pressure of the playoff game got to us a little bit, but having this experience will pay off big for the future of the program.”

The Eagles will only be losing three players to graduation this season and have a solid eighth grade class coming in.

“The future looks bright for St. John baseball.”