RUSTON — Fourth-seeded Cedar Creek took advantage of three Vermilion Catholic errors to score three unearned runs and eliminated the Screaming Eagles from the Class 1A state baseball playoffs 5-0 in Monday’s regional round.
The Cougars (25-4) advance to the quarterfinal around against either Covenant Christian or St. Martin’s Episcopal.
No. 13-seeded Vermilion Catholic (11-15) had infield errors in each of the first and fifth innings, contributing to Cedar Creek’s 4-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly from Cole Frasier in the first gave the home team a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, with Jacob Brown (2-3, 2 RBIs) driving in a run in the third with a groundout.
Singles from Tyler Derouen and Hunter Frith gave the Eagles two runners on base only to have Frith picked off first to end the inning.
Vermilion Catholic, which was led by two hits from catcher Emile Trahan, had two runners on in the fifth when designated hitter Harrison Vicknair singled and shortstop J.T. Lege walked before Cade Boudreaux grounded out to winning pitcher Huff McIntosh, stranding the runners at second and third.
The Eagles didn’t help their cause with two runners getting picked off of first, a caught stealing at second and a passed ball with the bases loaded in the sixth accounting for the Cougars’ final run.