St. John’s Eagles riding the wave of a phenomenal season, continue their trek to a state championship

The state's top team in Division IV, the St. John Eagles are only three wins away from a state championship.

With two wins last week, the St. John Eagles hope to improve their 30-5-1 record as they continue on their path to the state championship tournament.

Last week, the Eagles earned two consecutive wins over St. Edmund, first with an 8-0 shutout last Thursday, which they followed up with an overwhelming 14-4 victory over the same team.

In the first win last week, Landon LeBlanc lasted through a complete game shutout, assisted by a great offensive showing by St. John. On the way, the struck out five and walked one.

The Eagles began their scoring onslaught in the first inning with a two-RBI single by Justin Rivet.

In the next inning, the hit parade continued with three runs driven home by Alan Theriot and Adam Blanchard. Theriot and LeBlanc led the St. John team at the plate, each earning multiple hits in the lopsided matchup.

In the rematch, the score was even more lopsided, with St. John crushing St. Edmund by a margin of 14-4.

Like the day before, the Eagles scored early and often. The first RBI was the result of a Collin Barbee double and another run came later in the inning.

While St. Edmund was able to tie the score at 2 in the bottom of the first, St. John sealed the win with three runs in the second inning and the game was never close after that. Lee Bucher drove in a run with a single, followed soon after by a Barbee triple that drove in another.

The sixth inning was a bonanza of offense for the Eagles, led by Reese Barrilleaux, Barbee, Bucher and LeBlanc with RBIs in the inning.

Barrilleaux earned the St. John win from the hill, allowing just two hits and three runs over his four innings on the mound and was relieved by Tre’ Dupont, who pitched two innings, earning a save in the process.

In the big win, St. John knocked out 15 hits at the plate, with multiple hits off the bats of Barbee, Barrilleaux, Bucher, Dupont and LeBlanc. The Eagles also stole seven bases against St. Edmund.