LHSAA baseball state tournament: Opelousas Catholic, Notre Dame win extra inning thrillers
The LHSAA state baseball tournament continued Wednesday at McMurry Park in Sulphur with the Class 2A and 3A, as well as Division II and III semifinals taking place.
STERLINGTON 7, IOWA 3: Sterlington used a complete effort in its return to the Class 3A championship game. Led by Seaver Sheets, the Panthers recorded eight hits to eliminate Iowa in the Class 3A semifinals, as he recorded two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
LUTCHER 4, BRUSLY 0: Kyle St. Pierre tossed a no-hitter and struck out 11 batters as Lutcher clinched its first title game appearance since 2013. Zach Poche went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs.
ROSEPINE 9, MANGHAM 5: For the first time in program history, Rosepine is heading to a championship game. Rosepine answered an early 3-0 hole by scoring five runs in the first and four in the third to defeat Mangham in the Class 2A semifinals. Grant Ducote set the tone for the Eagles by going 4-for-4 with a two-run triple in the fifth as all but two starters got a hit. Luke Curtis shone for the Dragons by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
DOYLE 11, LOREAUVILLE 1: Doyle's middle portion of the lineup was hard for Loureauville to stop as the trio of Tyson Stewart, Braden McLin and Abedn Kennedy combined to go 6-for-7 and drive in nine runs.
NOTRE DAME 3, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 2 (F/8 INNINGS): Luke Hoffpauir might be sore after taking one for the team, but Notre Dame lives to see another day. Hoffpauir drew a walkoff hit by a pitch as the Pios needed only one hit in the bottom of the eighth to advance. Notre Dame was led by Caleb Comeaux, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple to open the scoring in the second, while Casey Artigues paced the Falcons with a 2-for-4 day and a solo home run in the sixth to spark a rally.
ST. CHARLES 3, LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN 0: All St. Charles needed was a big fifth inning. The Comets plated three runs in the fifth as it returns to the Division III title game to defend its title. Michael Hotard and Cade Pregeant allowed just two hits, as St. Charles got on the board thanks to an RBI single by Connor Dejean and a two-run double by Anthony Fernandez.
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OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC 4, CALVARY 3 (F/8 INNINGS): Calvary was one strike from playing for its second straight title, but Opelousas Catholic had other plans. The Vikings move on to their second straight championship game thanks to Jace Sloan's go-ahead run in the eighth after a wild pitch. Opelousas Catholic took its first lead in the top of the seventh after a two-run double by Drake Guidry, but the Cavaliers forced extra innings when Fisher Nance's sacrifice fly scored Jeremiah Brown. Brown scored all three of Calvary's runs.
OUACHITA CHRISTIAN 3, CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE 0: Jacob White and Aiden Vosburg were mired in a pitchers' duel, but Ouachita Christian was able to get runs when it counted most. White and Vosburg each struck out eight batters, but a Hornet error in the fifth helped Carter Voilion score the game's first run. OCS added insurance with a double by John Michael Cader in the fifth and a sacrifice fly by Cal Idom in the sixth.