Two talented left-handed pitchers battled in classic duel before Brother Martin’s Blair Frederick helped his cause with a home run that launched the Crusaders to a 3-0 victory over Hahnville in a first-round playoff baseball game Tuesday night.
Brother Martin (20-11) plays District 9-5A rival Shaw in a best-of-three series beginning Friday. Shaw defeated No. 3 seed Zachary 3-1.
Frederick, an LSU commitment, hit a two-run homer in the sixth that broke up a pitching duel with the Tigers Austin Perrin (5-4) at Barrow Stadium.
“We knew coming into this game . . . against Perrin… it would be a challenge,” Brother Martin coach Mark Wisniewski said. “Fortunately for us he missed on a pitch to Blair and Blair hit it.”
The two pitchers had accumulated 16 strikeouts between them and a scoreboard full of zeros when Frederick (6-3) changed the game.
Mason Bonnafons, who has walked 30 times in 106 plate appearances (28.3 percent) led the inning off with a walk, taking a 3-2 pitch.
Perrin got ahead of Frederick 1-2 but left a pitch up and on the inner half of the plate. Frederick, turned on it and launched a drive far over the right field fence.
“I know if I get on ahead of Frederick there’s a good chance I am scoring” said Bonnafons.
Perrin retired the next two hitters, but Michael Kirsch drove a pitch to the right center field gap and ball skipped off the glove of diving right fielder Matthew Barbier for a triple. Kirsch scored on a wild pitch.
Hahnville led off the seventh with its first base runner since the thrid inning when Logan Billingsley walked. Frederick, who had thrown 101 pitches, was replaced by Corey Gaconi.
Braxton Dufrene singled in the hole between third base and shortstop, putting two runners on with none out. Gaconi retired the next three hitters, striking out the last two.
“We had the tying run at the plate,” Baudry said. “But we couldn’t get the big hit.”