Vandebilt Catholic might have started with a comfortable 5-0 lead in the bidistrict round of the 4A playoffs Thursday at Hebert Field, but No. 14 Belle Chasse came back to tie the game twice to force extra innings.
The Terriers eventually prevailed 7-6 in 10 innings and will next play the winner between Morgan City and Teurlings Catholic.
Kye Matherne scored the final run on a hit by Jordan Bergeron with two out in the top of the 10th.
“We’ve prepared for this early in the season,” said Vandebilt Catholic coach Corey Sullivan. “We played some of the top teams in the state of Louisiana. I told my guys early in the season that it would pay off in the long run. And I think tonight was pretty evident of it.”
Vandebilt Catholic took control early by amassing five runs in the second and third innings.
The No. 19 Terriers (17-14) got on the scoreboard first when Cade Matherne hit a two-RBI single that brought in Garret Louviere, who reached on an error and Jacob LeCompte for a 2-0 lead in the second.
In the top of the third inning with one out, Belle Chasse pitcher Jon Jones intentionally walked Chase Hawthorne to load the bases for the first walk of the game Then Louviere drew a walk and that scored Jordan Bergeron for a 3-0 lead. Then Kye Matherne hit an RBI single that brought in another run and that was followed by Cade Matherne’s single that scored Hawthorn for a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Belle Chasse’s Dakota Landry reached on his first base hit, then stole second. He later scored on a Terriers error to cut the lead to 5-1. The Cardinals (19-12) threatened to add another but A.J. Paige was tagged out at third.
That didn’t stop the Cardinals.
Belle Chasse scored another when Chuck Belair scored on a wild pitch that cut the lead to 5-2.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Cardinals tied the game. Braiden Usey hit a two-RBI double that cut the lead to 5-4. The Cardinals tied the game when Ryan Thibodeaux hit an RBI double.
The Terriers broke the tie in the top of the seventh when Grant Berergon hit an RBI single that brought in LeCompte to give them a 6-5 lead.
In the seventh, Thibodeaux was walked intentionally to load the bases, and later the Cardinals tied the game at when Dreione Williams scored.
Belle Chasse coach Zachary Stelly said he was proud of his squad, which lost 13 seniors.
“We took a good team lightly at first, got down in a hole,” Stelly said.
“We regrouped and decided to take advantage of a few key moments.”