Central Catholic of Morgan City is leading the District 7-1A baseball race by two games, riding a five-game win streak and is the holder of the LHSAA’s unofficial No. 1 power rating in Class 1A.

With seemingly everything in their favor, the Eagles just have to think back to last year and how much they’re looking forward to meeting league rival Hanson Memorial.

“Hanson beat us at their place 3-1,” CCMC coach Tyler Jensen said. “It’s a little motivation. I don’t think we need any motivation to play Hanson. It’s a little to put in the backs of their mind.”

The two teams resume their intense series with a pair of District 7-1A contests this week when Hanson (13-7, 6-2) travels to Central Catholic (18-3, 8-0) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The Eagles return to Franklin to face the Tigers, rated No. 5 in the Class 1A power ratings, on Thursday at 6 p.m.

“Any time we hook up, you never know what’s going to happen,” Hanson coach Ryan Stoute said. “It usually has some big implications when we play one another. It’s a little later in the year, and with the new format, it’s back to back. It does add a little more to it as a now or never type thing.”

Westminster Christian (15-8, 5-0) hosts rival St. Edmund (10-11, 2-3) at 5:30 p.m. in District 5-1A action, while Carencro (12-10, 5-1) visits St. Thomas More (11-12, 5-2) in a District 4-4A matchup at 6 p.m.

Hanson, the league’s reigning champion, trails CCMC by two games with a losses to Ascension Episcopal (8-3) and Vermilion Catholic (1-0).

The Tigers have responded by winning their past five games to give themselves an opportunity to possibly catch the Eagles. Both teams have six games remaining in league play.

“It has everything to do with what team gets past the hype of the game,” Stoute said. “We’ve had teams that were supposed to be good, and they came in and beat us and vice versa. It makes for good high school baseball when our two schools meet.”

Junior right-hander Gregory Leger (4-2, 1.89 ERA, 45 Ks) will start for CCMC on Tuesday with fellow junior right-hander Blake Hidalgo (4-1, 1.98, 37 Ks) starting Thursday.

Senior shortstop Samuel Guarisco tops the Eagles offense with a .421 average, five doubles, 16 RBIs, followed by junior third baseman Drake Angeron at .400 with 17 RBIs and senior second baseman Stefano Guarisco with a .380 average, 15 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

“We do have a two-game lead, but it’s about us playing as well as we can,” Jensen said. “We haven’t put a full game together in quite some time.”

DUPUY PROPELS PATRIOTS: North Vermilion senior pitcher Connor Dupuy allowed five hits in a complete-game 4-1 victory Monday over E.D. White in District 8-3A.

The Patriots (12-11, 5-2) pulled to within a game of the Cardinals (21-4, 6-1) for the league’s top spot, while idle Erath (20-5, 5-1) is a half-game out.

The teams are scheduled to meet at North Vermilion on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Dupuy allowed a first-inning run and went on to strike out three and walk none in a 78-pitch outing.

North Vermilion broke through against E.D. White’s Trey Besson with four runs on three hits in the fourth.

Dupuy (1-for-3) had a leadoff double and came around to score on Chance Carrier’s RBI-double. The Patriots added two more runs on Dillon Gaspard’s two-run single, and Tristan Romero’s suicide squeeze bunt capped the inning.

PREP REPORT

North Vermilion 4, E.D. White 1

North Vermilion 000 400 0 — 4 4 1

E.D. White 100 000 0 — 1 5 1

W – Connor Dupuy (3-3). L – Trey Besson. Leaders: NORTH VERMILION: Connor Dupuy 1-3, 2B, Chance Carrier 1-3, 2B, RBI, Dillon Gaspard 1-3, 2 RBIs. Records: North Vermilion 12-11, 5-2 in District 8-3A, E.D. White 21-4, 6-1.