Catholic 1, Brother Martin 0
Catholic’s Bo Branch hit a walk-off RBI single to right to end Brother Martin’s season with a 1-0 defeat in the Class 5A semifinals at McMurry Park.
Brother Martin, seeking its first state title since 1996, finished the season 24-12.
Catholic advances to Saturday’s championship game to play the winner of Friday night’s Barbe-Sulphur game.
The game was a pithcer’s duel between Catholic’s Ross Massey and Brother Martin’s Gaconi.
Massey, a Tulane signee, gave up three hits and improved to 11-0.
Gaconi (2-3) scattered six hits.
Parkview Baptist 5, Evangel Christian 4
SULPHUR – Adam Tarver hit a two-run home run to tie the game and also was the winning pitcher as Parkview Baptist rallied from a 4-0 deficit to oust top-seeded Evangel Christian 5-4 in Class 3A semifinal action at the Allstate Sugar Bow/LHSAA State tournament.
Tarver’s two-run blast was the key to a five-run fifth inning for the fifth-seeded Eagles (23-12) at McMurry Park. The Eagles play the John Curtis-Iowa winner in the 3A final set for 6 p.m. Saturday.
Oak Grove 5, Runnels 1
SULPHUR – Wyatt Martin tossed a five-hitter and also finished 2-for-4 at the plate, leading third-seeded Oak Grove High to a 5-1 victory over second-seeded Runnels in a Class 2A semifinal that helped open Friday’s action at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament.
Jackson Wyly also was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Tigers (21-7), who advance to Saturday’s 3 p.m. title game at McMurry Park. OGHS used three doubles to score three runs in the top of the third inning to take control. Wyly, Martin and Sam Philley had doubles in the inning.
Johnny Johnson was 2-for-3 at the plate for Runnels (21-5), which made its first tourney appearance since winning the Class B title in 2008.
?Kinder 6, Doyle 1
SULPHUR -- Top-seeded Doyle baseball team's season ended Friday afternoon in a 6-1 loss to No. 4 Kinder in the first Class 2A semifinal of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament at McMurry Park.
Doyle (25-6) struggled to score all game, tallying just two hits and one unearned runs against Yellowjackets (23-9) senior pitcher Dylon Poncho. Poncho also provided a spark offensively for Kinder, batting 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
The Tigers struggled converting on defense, as well, committing five errors and allowing three unearned runs.
The Yellowjackets will take on No. 3 Oak Grove in the state championship game Saturday at 3 p.m.on Field #40 at McMurry Park.