SULPHUR — Ellis Parrott made amends for earlier miscues in a big way, driving in the game-winning runs in Sacred Heart of Ville Platte’s 6-4 Class 1A semifinal win over St. John of Plaquemine at McMurray Park.
Sacred Heart rallied for three runs in the final inning. Keaton Tate singled to score Garrick Fontenot with the tying run.
With two outs, Parrott poked a two-run, opposite-field double down the right field line to score Tate and Wesley Fontenot with the go-ahead runs.
Ninth-seeded Sacred Heart will play No. 7 Cedar Creek for the Class 1A state championship at 4 p.m. Saturday on on Field 37 at McMurray Park. Cedar Creek beat Central Catholic 13-8 on Friday.
Parrott had made two fielding errors earlier in the game.
“He had made two errors and struck out, but in the big moment he got the game-winning RBIs,” Sacred Heart coach Cody Vidrine said. “That is what seniors do; that is what guys that don’t quit do.”
Sacred Heart built an early 3-1 lead behind an RBI single by Andy LaFleur in the first inning and two-run single by Evan Mire in the second.
St. John scored single runs in each of the first three innings to tie the game. Chris Patin, Brandon Noel and Dylan Tempanaro drove in the runs for the Eagles.
The Eagles took a 4-3 lead in the fourth when Patin walked with the bases loaded to score Justin Maranto.
Starter Hunter Schnebelen held Sacred Heart scoreless for four straight innings until allowing three baserunners in the seventh.
“He threw the ball really well, got ahead and threw his breaking pitch for strikes,” St. John coach Heath Whittington said. “I can’t say enough about him. I thought we played a good game. It is a game of inches. They got breaks when they needed them, we didn’t.”
Andy LaFleur picked up the win for Sacred Heart, throwing two scoreless innings of relief.