SULPHUR —Samuel Guarisco’s bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Central Catholic of Morgan City an 8-7 win over Oak Grove in the Class 1A championship game at the LHSAA state baseball tournament Saturday at McMurry Park.
Central Catholic (28-4) led 7-5 going into the seventh inning before Oak Grove tied it at 7-7.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles loaded the bases on three straight singles.
Guarisco then singled to center field for the game-winning hit.
Eagles coach Tyler Jensen said he was happy Guarisco, who earned MVP honors and was the winning pitcher, was at the plate with the bases loaded.
“Samuel has been our guy for so long,” Jenson said. “Not too many guys hit in the middle of the order four years in high school. Him coming to the plate with the bases loaded, (there) was no doubt the game was going to end with his at-bat.”
Oak Grove (17-8) scored first in the top of the second inning as Jackson Wyly singled and scored on a passed ball for a 1-0 lead.
The Central Catholic bats came alive in the third inning. After two quick outs, the Eagles loaded the bases on singles by Guarisco and Thomas Garber and a walk by Mitchell Lemoine. Gregory Leger then cleared the bases with a three-run triple for a 3-1 lead.
The Eagles added two runs in the fourth inning on a two-run single by Mitchell Lemoine that scored Adam Dupuis and Drake Angeron.
Oak Grove failed to get anything going in the fourth or fifth inning, leaving runners stranded on second base.
The Eagles looked to put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth inning as they loaded the bases with one out. A two-run single by Angeron scored Patrick Barron and Charlie Solar to give Central Catholic a 7-1 lead.
The Tigers stormed back in the top of the sixth inning with two outs. The first two runs came on a throwing error. A two-run double by Cole Mathes followed and trimmed the Eagles’ lead to 7-5.
Central Catholic finished with 12 hits. Stefano Guarisco led the way by going 3-for-5.
Wyly led Oak Grove by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
“Our guys didn’t make it easy for us there in the late innings,” Jensen said. “We blew a huge lead in a game we were in complete control of. It shows you the resiliency of our guys.”