Designated hitter Patrick Crouch lined a two-out, two-strike double, scoring Chance DeFriend to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning to lead No. 2-seed Evangel to a 2-0 win over No. 10-seed St. Charles Catholic in the quarterfinals of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A baseball playoffs on Monday.
St. Charles, which was looking to make its first trip to the semifinals since 2009, finished 24-10.
Evangel advances to the semifinals in Sulphur Friday to play Brusly, which beat West Feliciana 3-1.
Crouch’s hit erased a brilliant performance from Comets pitcher Mason Bordelon (7-4), who had held the Eagles at bay until the sixth inning.
“Mason has been great for us all season, and (Monday) was no different,” said St. Charles coach Wayne Stein. “He just let that one get up a little bit and the kid put a good swing on it. I still felt we could come back from that, though. We haven’t been held without a run all season.”
The game turned on a bizarre appeal play in the third inning. St. Charles’ Justin Ory was called out on appeal after failing to touch home plate when Austin Weber was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The out ended the inning, and a potential rally for the Comets.
“It was the right call, no doubt about that,” said Stein said. “It’s just tough when a game of this magnitude turns on a play like that. If we score there, we might have put up several runs and really made it hard on them.”