Behind in the count: St. John walks off over Green Devils on base on balls

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
St. John's Gavin Landry crosses home plate ahead of Plaquemine's Chris Cox for the winning run on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory on Saturday afternoon. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - St. John the Evangelist High School drew a walk to score the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 5-4 non-district victory over city rival Plaquemine on Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.

The Eagles (14-5), under coach Heath Whittington, trailed 3-0 in the first inning. The Green Devils (12-4), under coach Scott Allen, regained the lead in the fifth but St. John knotted it back up in the sixth.

St. John starter Brandon Noel struck out nine over six innings walking just four. Hayden Hemenway pitched the remaining inning striking out two and walking one.

Dalton Brigalia took the loss for Plaquemine despite striking out seven over six 2/3 inning and walking four.

Gavin Landry (two runs) and Bailey Whittington (run, RBI) were each 2-for-4 at the plate for St. John. Hemenway (run), Noel and Justin Maranto (run, RBI) were each 1-for-4 and Mason LeBlanc had one RBI.

Brigalia, Austin LeJeune (double, run) and Julius Maracalin were each 1-for-3 for Plaquemine. Chris Cox was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Joseph Keller and Orlando Batiste each scored one run.

Hunter Schnebelen drew the two-out bases loaded walk to drive in Landry with the deciding run in the seventh.

The Green Devils jumped out to an early lead as St. John walked three of the first four batters they faced and Cox’s double made them pay.

St. John quickly answered. Hemenway singled to lead off the bottom half and scored to cut it to 3-1.

Brigalia and Dwayne Askins led off the fourth inning with consecutive singles but catcher Jacob Maranto threw out a baserunner to shortstop Christopher Patin and Noel struckout the next two batters he faced.

The Eagles tied it 3-3 in the bottom half. Landry lined to right before Justin Maranto grounded into the shortstop hole and Whittington beat out a grounder to plate a run.

Another crossed when Schnebelen reached on a strikeout. Brigalia snagged a liner to prevent further damage after LeBlanc drew a walk to load the bases.

LeJeune lined a double to the left gap to lead off the fifth and Batiste reached on a strikeout in the dirt to put Plaquemine back ahead 4-3.

Whittington beat out another grounder in the sixth before Schnebelen drew a walk. LeBlanc followed with an RBI-single to tie it again.

Hemenway walked the first batter he faced before striking out the final two.