MINDEN — Central Private defeated Glenbrook Academy 5-1 on Saturday to win the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 2A overall title.
The Rebels (21-11) won the MAIS best-of-three game championship series 2-0 with the win. CPS took a 1-0 lead in the series with a win over Glenbrook earlier in the week.
It is the 13th title for the Rebels, including two in a row. Over a two-year span, Central Private never faced an if necessary game three.
Central Private took the lead in the top of the second when Thomas Doucet doubled to score Jesse Summers.
Glenbrook tied it by scoring its only run in the bottom of the fourth. The Apaches threatened in the bottom of the sixth, putting runners on first and second with no outs. CPS center fielder Brandon Trahan made a spectacular catch to save a run. Doucet retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.
Doucet led off the top of the seventh with a single. After a sacrifice attempt failed, Ryan Bowman singled and Kris Tamplet reached on an error. A double by Brennan Albarez scored two runs.
Trahan and Summers contributed RBI singles to complete the scoring. Doucet closed out the win by retiring Glenbrook in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Doucet and Trahan played key roles in the Rebels’ run to the title. Trahan was 3-0 with a 1.79 earned average in the playoffs. He gave up seven runs in 27 innings pitched. Doucet was 5-0 and did not allow a run in 27 innings with 17 strikeouts.
“Both Trahan and Doucet were outstanding during our playoff run,” Central Private coach Jason Kinchen said. “Each pitcher showed a tremendous amount of determination and a will to win the ballgames. Doucet gave one of the most dominating pitching performances during CPS’s playoff run that I have ever witnessed, while Trahan bulldogged his way by making quality pitches and trusting his defense behind him.”
Albarez hit .556, with 15 hits, 10 RBIs, two doubles, one home run, and seven runs scored. Tamplet hit .480, with 12 hits, six RBIs, one double, scoring eight runs scored.
“Both Albarez and Tamplet made huge contributions coming through in clutch situations several times during the playoffs. I am glad to be getting both of these players back next season,” Kinchen added.
Two Louisiana High School Athletic Association quarterfinal baseball playoff games set for Sunday were postponed to Monday because of inclement weather.
In Class 3A, 28th-seeded Albany (17-9) is now scheduled to play No. 4 University (24-9) at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Alumni Field in Hammond. A game time will be finalized Monday morning, but will likely be between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Ascension Catholic (19-12), the 12th seed, plays at No. 4 St. John (25-4) in a showdown of District 8-1A rivals set for 5 p.m. in Plaquemine.
Four other teams are set to play quarterfinals Monday, including three District 7-3A teams.
Top-seeded John Curtis (29-6) hosts eighth-seeded Parkview Baptist (22-12), the defending 3A champion, at 5:30 p.m. Also, 19th-seeded West Feliciana hosts No. 6 Brusly at 3:30 p.m. at West Feliciana Sports Park in St. Francisville.
In Class 4A, fifth-seeded St. Michael the Archangel (23-9) travels to No. 4 Benton (28-8) for a 4 p.m. game.