ST. AMANT — St. Amant built a 6-1 lead over Catholic High after four innings, then held on for an 8-6 win in District 5-5A baseball Saturday, ending the Bears’ 16-game win streak, pulling the two teams into a tie atop the district and setting up a showdown when they meet Tuesday at Catholic High.
Third baseman Ivan Prejean carried the big bat for the Gators going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly and four RBIs.
“We played a solid game. The kids seemed to be focused through the whole game,” St. Amant coach Troy Templet said. “Ivan got a two-out double in the first inning to drive in the first run, and one run is big. It gives you a little momentum and gets you on top, makes you feel like you belong.”
Prejean’s double drove in Adam Sevario who was hit by a pitch. Hayden Mallory scored a run in the second inning, then drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in another in the third.
Prejean drove in two more runs in the fourth, then scored when Zane Zeppuhar walked into an intentional rundown at first and stayed alive long enough for Prejean to cross the plate.
St. Amant starter Blayne Enlow allowed only one hit through five innings and was replaced by Dwain Guice in the sixth. Guice quickly ran into trouble, hitting Tristan Welch and Daniel Guilbeau. Brian Fairbanks followed with a single, and the bases were loaded with no outs.
Guice got some help from his infield with a 6-4-3 double play that scored Welch. The Gators then made the defensive play of the day when Brennan Lambert hit a screaming ground ball that ricocheted off Prejean’s glove at third. Shortstop Sevario grabbed it out of the air and threw out Lambert at first.
“You’ll give up a run to get a double play,” Templet said. “That gave us a little bit of confidence. Then we ended it on the deflection off Prejean and a nice pick by (Davin) Cummings at first. That rejuvenated the kids and kept them excited the rest of the game.
Catholic added three more runs in the seventh off closer Collin Bourgeois on a wild pitch, an RBI single by Welch and a double by Guilbeau, but Bourgeois got Peyton Alexander to fly out to end the game. Like Guice, Bourgeois hit the first two batters he faced.
“We made some mistakes early, but I was impressed with our guys at the end of the game, willing to get in there and get hit by a pitch,” Catholic coach Brad Bass said. “It’s easy to want to step in there and hit a home run, but they locked in to keep it moving for their teammates, playing base to base. I was proud of that aspect.”