Denham Springs, Dutchtown, Live Oak and Zachary all claimed victories at home on Tuesday night to open the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 5A baseball playoffs.
Fourth-seeded DSHS got just three hits, but it was enough to garner a 3-0 win over No. 29 Airline in a game played at North Park. Meanwhile, Dutchtown, seeded 13th, notched a 9-0 win over No. 20 Lafayette that sets up an all-local best-of-three games regional series later this week between the Griffins and Denham Springs.
DENHAM SPRINGS 3, AIRLINE 0: Carl Guidry finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs to lead Denham Springs (26-9) in its bidistrict win. Ashton Martin, who was 2-for-3, recorded the other hits for the Yellow Jackets.
Mac Sceroler (8-5) scattered five hits to get the win for DSHS. Jarrett Bamburg finished 2-for-2 at the plate for Airline (17-17).
DUTCHTOWN 9, LAFAYETTE 0: Justin Martin was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and three RBIs to lead the Dutchtown hit parade in the game played at DHS. The Griffins (23-11) finished with eight hits to provide more than enough support for Dillon Abbess (5-1), who limited Lafayette to five hits.
Peyton Stafford added a double and an RBI, while Tyler Boeding added two RBIs for the winners, who scored two or more runs in four separate innings. Antoine Duplantis was 2-for-3 to pace LHS (17-16).
LIVE OAK 2, SAM HOUSTON 1: At Live Oak Sports Park in Watson, Hunter Merritt (5-2) tossed a three-hitter to lead 10th-seeded Live Oak (26-8). Tyler Alexander’s single in the fourth brought home Brady Morris to score what proved to be the winning run.
Lenni Kunert had a home run and was 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Eagles on offense. Dayton Dugas finished 1-for-2 for Sam Houston (17-16), the No. 23 playoff seed.
ZACHARY 5. WEST MONROE 1: Corey Musselman struck out six in 6.1 innings to lead No. 15 seed Zachary (22-11) to its home win over No. 18 West Monroe at ZHS.
The Broncos scored four of their runs in the first three innings, including two in the first. Bo Myers finished 2-for-2 for the ZHS, while Gabe Hannum and P.J. Cannon both finished 2-for-3.
JESUIT 7, CENTRAL 4: In New Orleans, Trent Forshag’s three-RBI double in the fourth helped third-seeded Jesuit (28-4) take a 7-1 lead in the fourth its 5A playoff game at John Ryan Stadium.
Central (17-17) got its first run in the first inning when Cole Edgens scored on a Jesuit error for a 1-0 lead. A Jesuit outfielder missed a fly that allowed Edgens to score.
Jesuit took the lead in the second inning Dan Edmund had a sacrifice bunt that scored Spencer Miller and Stephen Sigle to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. Edmund then came home on a wild pitch and that extended the lead to 3-1.
Forshag hit a 3-run double that scored Nick Ray, Alex Galy, and Scott Crabtree to extend the lead to 7-1 in the fourth.
Central cut the Jesuit lead in the sixth. Bryce Dantin grounded out to short stop which brought home Chris Chambliss to cut the score to 7-2.
Jordan Wilkins then singled in Preston Fondren and Brennan Fontenot scored on a later play to cut the lead to 7-4.