LHSAA baseball state tournament: Elizabeth, Hornbeck, Claiborne Christian make finals
The LHSAA state baseball tournament began Tuesday at McMurry Park in Sulphur with the Class B and C, as well as Division V semifinals taking place.
The Class 1A semifinals, slated at 6 p.m., were not completed due to rain and will be completed Friday with Grand Lake/LaSalle playing at 1 p.m. and the resumption of Oak Grove/Slaughter Charter taking place after.
ELIZABETH 4, ANACOCO 1: Winning a game apiece in District 5-B play, Elizabeth and Anacoco were fighting for a chance to make the state championship game. The Bulldogs prevailed by scoring a pair of runs off Anacoco senior and Tulane signee Landry Alligood, as Parker Cloud went 2-for-3 and scored once. Alligood, Drew Tebbe and Dylan Fitzgerald each got a hit for Anacoco, but those were the only hits allowed by Bulldog pitcher Alex Chamberlain as they reach their first title game since 2017.
CHOUDRANT 1, MONTEREY 0: Monterey's run as the No. 20 seed ended Tuesday in Sulphur. Choudrant eked past Monterey thanks to an RBI single by Landon Hennen to drive in Stone Weaver for the game's only run in the fifth inning. Braden Jones earned the win after striking out 12 Wolves in five innings.
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HORNBECK 7, HARRISONBURG 1: Hornbeck will play for a state title for the first time since 2012 after senior Michael Mason struck out 10 Harrisonburg batters and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Cayden Fox sparked the Hornet offense with a 2-for-4 day, while Jared Mitcham and Caleb Britt each scored two runs. The Bulldogs' lone hit came from Wes White in the seventh inning as he drove in Hayden Alexander.
HICKS 11, DOWNSVILLE 1: There will be a District 3-C showdown Saturday for the Class C title. Plating six runs in the fourth, Hicks cruised to blowout win for their first championship game appearance since 2013. Dylan Williams paced the Pirates by going 4-for-4 and scoring three runs, while Hunter Thacker fanned six in three innings of relief. CJ Viola had the only hit for the Demons.
CLAIBORNE CHRISTIAN 3, UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 1: University Academy put up a fight in its first trip to Sulphur, but the experience of Claiborne Christian won out. The Crusaders' took an early lead in the third inning and advanced to the Division V championship game for the first time since 2018. CCS senior Nate Vaughn struck out six batters, while only giving up two hits and forcing UA to strand 10 baserunners.
GRACE CHRISTIAN 9, NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 0: As opposed to the Division V quarterfinals, Grace Christian left little doubt in the semis. The Warriors shut out Northlake Christian and took control early with a pair of runs in the first inning. Grace will return to the Division V title game for the first time since 2018 and will look for its first title since 2017.