St. Amant isn’t a normal No. 24-seed in the Class 5A baseball playoffs, and Brother Martin had to learn that the hard way on Saturday.

After losing Friday’s series opener, the Gators (19-13) overcame a five-hour rain delay and Brother Martin’s top pitcher to take down the No. 8 Crusaders twice in one day, including a 4-2 victory at Wesley Barrow Stadium to advance to the Class 5A quarterfinals.

“Losing in the first round of the playoffs hurt us a lot last year, and we just wanted to come into the playoffs with a lot of confidence this time,” said St. Amant shortstop Adam Sevario. “It was tough dealing with the rain delay, but we were focused on our goal and its a great feeling to keep our season alive.”

Two years removed from a trip to the Class 5A semifinals, St. Amant will move on to play No. 1 seed and two-time defending Class 5A champion Barbe on the road next week, which took down No.17 Rummel over the weekend.

“We’re anticipating a battle,” said St. Amant coach Troy Templet. “We know they are very good, we know they are coming in with a ton of confidence, but we’re just excited to have the opportunity to go against them and show what we can do.”

Brother Martin (19-9) attempted to hold back its No. 1 pitcher Blair Frederick, an LSU signee, from the second game of the series to prevent him from going head to head with St. Amant ace Blayne Enlow, but the strategy backfired on the Crusaders.

Frederick pitched well — throwing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts—but the Gators got the senior off his game just enough to pull out the win.

Despite falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, St. Amant responded with an RBI double by Sevario, which was followed by a wild pitch from Frederick that tied the game at 2 in the third inning.

Hayden Mallory gave the Gators the lead with another RBI double in the next inning, and Sevario’s RBI single in the seventh inning pushed his team’s lead up to 4-2 and gave St. Amant enough cushion to put Brother Martin away for good, snapping the Crusaders’ streak of three consecutive trips to the quarterfinals.

“We just didn’t do enough as a team to help ourselves,” said Brother Martin coach Mark Wisniewski. “I love these kids, they worked their tails off and things just didn’t fall our way today.”

After blowing a 4-run lead in the seventh inning of the first game in the series, St. Amant answered by turning to Enlow on Saturday, and the junior stepped up with the dominant performance his team needed.

The LSU commitment threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits with nine strikeouts before the rain delay brought the game to a halt.

After five hours of rain, the two teams made their way back onto the field, and despite the Crusaders adding a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Kevin Stretzinger struck out to give the Gators the 5-2 victory and send the series to a deciding Game 3.

“He had a superb performance on three days rest,” Templet said of Enlow after Game 2. “He threw a lot of first-pitch strikes, and he got into a bit of a groove as the game went. He’s been really good these last few games.”

ST. AMANT 5, BROTHER MARTIN 2: Earlier Saturday, the Gators waited through a five-hour rain delay before they finished off a win over No. 8 Brother Martin to tie the Class 5A regional series at 1-1 at Wesley Barrow Stadium.

“Our kids have shown grit all year, and this is just another example of it,” Templet said. “I’m just really proud of them, and we’re looking forward to this last game.”

After blowing a four-run lead in the seventh inning of the first game in the series, St. Amant answered by turning to ace pitcher Blayne Enlow on Saturday, and the junior stepped up with the dominant performance his team needed.

The LSU commitment threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits with nine strikeouts before the rain delay brought the game to a halt.

After the delay, the Crusaders (19-8) added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning before Kevin Stretzinger struck out to end the game.

“He had a superb performance on three days rest,” Templet said of Enlow. “He threw a lot of first-pitch strikes, and he got into a bit of a groove as the game went. He’s been really good these last few games.”

Just as they did in Friday’s loss, the Gators grabbed control of the game early on with a five-run explosion in the second inning.

Hayden Mallory got things started for St. Amant with a bases-loaded RBI single to give the team its first run of the day. The Gators added another run after Brother Martin failed to throw a runner out at home following a Davin Cummings ground ball.

Adam Sevario added to the Gators lead with a bases-loaded single to center field that brought two runners home, and Ivan Presean followed him with an RBI single that gave St. Amant a 5-1 lead going into the third inning.

The Crusaders got to Enlow in the first inning with an RBI single by Mason Bonnaffons, which gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead but the junior locked things down from there and didn’t allow more than one baserunner in an inning again until the sixth.

“We talked last night about how we lost that lead and we didn’t want to do it again,” Templet said. “I like how aggressive we were early on. We just need to make sure we keep it up.”