And now it comes down to one game.
Brusly High hosts Parkview Baptist with the District 7-3A baseball title on the line at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Panthers (22-7, 7-2) can tie for the league title with another win after claiming a 5-1 win over PBS on Wednesday night.
The Eagles (19-11, 8-1) had won eight straight games and were looking to clinch their 15th straight district title. PBS will win the title outright with one more victory.
“This was the first time I’ve ever coached against them,” Brusly coach Tait Dupont said of PBS after Wednesday’s win. “I’ve been looking forward to it. They’re a great program. This is a great district.
“We can’t afford to get too happy about this one. We’ve got to turn right around and play them again … no easy task.”
When the two longtime rivals were reunited in a baseball district for the first time since 2008, no one knew exactly what to expect.
But the expectations were high going into a loaded 7-3A race.
Last year, Parkview won the Class 3A state title. Brusly was a semifinalist.
Also joining the league was University High, the Class 2A runner-up in 2013. West Feliciana, a longtime PBS and Brusly rival, also is part of the talented mix.
Brusly split its games with University High and West Feliciana before Wednesday’s showdown.
Pitchers Luke LeBlanc and Evan Daigle limited Parkview to five hits. The Panthers worked out of two bases-loaded jams and one inning in which the Eagles got runners on second and third. Kwanston Adkins had an RBI triple and LeBlanc added an RBI double in Brusly’s five-run third inning.
Parkview plans to start right-hander Josh Green. Brusly will counter with a right-hander, Landon Blank (6-0).
“You play at Parkview with the understanding that you have the chance to be district champs and state champs, if everything comes together,” Parkview coach Darron Mitchell said.
“The last time we did not win district was 1999, to Brusly (Panthers won district title). There’s a little history there. It’s good for us to have to come out and play every day to be district champs.”
The games also are a family affair for Dupont. One of his nephews is Parkview second baseman Chris Dupont, who had the Eagles lone RBI on Wednesday night. LeBlanc, who will start at first base Friday, is another nephew.
“Last night’s game attracted a big crowd and it was a playoff-like atmosphere,” Brusly’s Dupont said.
“Hopefully, we get the same thing again Friday.”