After entering the postseason on a seven-game winning streak, the Archbishop Hannan Hawks unfortunately had to pay the baseball gods back.
No. 23-seeded Doyle scored six runs in the second inning and four runs in the third en route to upsetting No. 10 Hannan 14-4 in six innings in the first round of the Class 2A baseball playoffs Tuesday night.
The game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Doyle (16-13) advances to take on No. 7 Menard in the second round in a best two-out-of-three series.
“Just not our night tonight,” Hannan coach Chris Yeager said.
After a scoreless first inning, Doyle batted around in the second inning.
With one out, Matthew Graves doubled and with two outs Josh Holifield walked. Graves scored when Brodie Newsom reached on an error.
Shortstop Tristan Jones followed with a walk to load the bases. Trey Fontenot drove in a run after being hit by a pitch, Dillon Blount had an RBI single and Daniel Palmer drew a bases-loaded walk.
Layne McLin was then hit by a pitch to drive in another run and Graves drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the sixth and final run of the inning for the Tigers of Livingston Parish.
The Tigers pushed across four more runs in the third inning behind RBI singles by Graves and Fontenot.
It was that kind of night for Hannan.
“We just didn’t have our best tonight,” Yeager said. “We didn’t throw strikes when we needed to. I didn’t feel any nerves from my team. I just don’t know. Our pitchers just didn’t throw strikes like they have all year long. Give Doyle credit. They threw a kid in starter (Colten) Newsom who didn’t walk a batter. If you can do that, you are usually going to win.”
Hannan (17-7) got on the scoreboard in the third inning on an RBI fielder’s choice from Austin Knower. The Hawks later added an unearned run. Hannan pushed across two more unearned runs in the fifth inning.
“I just think we came out and didn’t make the plays we needed to make,” Hawks catcher Bryce Lauga said. “We left the ball out over the middle of the plate and to Doyle’s credit they hit it.
“Once things started going bad, it was hard to stop the momentum that was going against us.”
For Doyle, sophomore right-hander Colten Newsom picked up the win, going 6.1 innings, allowing four runs (all unearned) on six hits, while striking out four and not walking a batter.
“You have to give all the credit to the offense,” Newsom said. “Run support is a pitcher’s best friend. When your offense gives you the kind of run support I got tonight, it calms your nerves because you know you don’t have to do too much. You can still come back after little mistakes and do what you need to do.
“I know the bracket considers this an upset, but you can’t really think like that. You don’t want to get a big head, so I know the approach we are taking is that this is just a game we have won.
“Now we have to go win two more to advance.”