St. John takes over first-place

Staff report
St. John's Brandon Noel bats against University earlier in the season. Noel struck out 11 in a six-inning victory over White Castle Thursday. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

St. John the Evangelist High School opened District 9-1A play with victories over Ascension Christian 5-4 Tuesday, White Castle 11-1 Thursday and East Iberville 15-0 on Monday.

The Eagles (18-4, 4-0) under coach Heath Whittington also fell to Live Oak 12-2 on Saturday. St. John travels to West St. John Tuesday after going to Ascension Catholic Wednesday.

St. John scored the go ahead run in the top of the seventh against Ascension Christian. Hunter Schnebelen (5-0) got the win on the mound striking out six in a six-inning outing. Morgan Booksh pitched one inning of relief for the save.

Brandon Noel was 3-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate, while Trevor Curry was 2-for-3 with a home run and Jacob Maranto was 1-for-3. Booksh and Colby Landry were each 1-for-3.

Trent Gaudin took the loss for the Lions (4-8, 3-1). Brennan Perkins was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.

Noel struck out 11 in a six-inning victory over White Castle (3-10, 0-3) and was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Booksh hit a triple and had two runs and RBIs, while Chris Patin was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and runs, Jacob Caballero was 1-for-3 with a run and RBI and Landry had two RBIs. Schnebelen scored two runs.

Bryan Strickland got the win on Saturday for Live Oak (7-11). Sam Wilson was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Lenny Kunert hit a grand slam.

Seth Gulotta took the loss for St. John. Schnebelen (run) had the Eagles' lone hit and Patin scored a run.

Hayden Hemenway earned the win over East Iberville striking out six in two innings. Rene Ledet, Tyler St. Germain and Gabe Salvota each had multiple strikeouts in one inning each.

Maranto (three RBIs, double), Schnebelen (two RBIs) and Mason LeBlanc (two RBIs) were each 1-for-2 at the plate, while Curry (triple, two RBIs) and Gulotta (three runs, RBI) were each 1-for-3. Landry scored two runs.

Adam Burba took the loss for East Iberville (1-12, 0-4).