Step by step, St. John's Eagles clear another hurdle in championship bid

The St. John Eagles celebrate one of their first scores of the game.

St. John Eagles 5-4 win Wednesday’s playoff game over Houma Christian puts the Plaquemine school a step closer to a state championship.

The red hot Eagles will turn their focus now to Ascension Catholic, their opponent in the championship game set for 7 p.m. Friday in Sulphur. The Eagles are the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Ascension Catholic, seeded No. 3.

In what is becoming a habit, another nail-biting ending, the fluctuating score went into the bottom of the seventh, tied 5-5. While Eagle fans held their breath, LeBlanc knocked in an RBI to seal the walk-off win.

St. John added to the excitement with two homers – Collin Barbee and Justin Rivet knocked balls out of the park. Eagle chalked up nine hits, led by Barbee with three.

Houma Christian got on the board first at the top of the third, but St. John answered with four in the bottom of the inning, 4-1.

Another run in the top of fourth narrowed the margin to 4-2, but the Eagles stretched their lead back to three with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth, 5-2.

St. John struggled through the top of the sixth inning, giving up three runs and allowing Ascension Catholic to tie up the must-win game.

Fans have been sitting on the edges of their seats for two of the Eagles’ last three games and continue to make their presence known, even three hours away from Plaquemine in Sulphur.

LeBlanc earned the win on the mound in his four and a third innings while Tre’ Dupont finished the game for the save.