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Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE West Feliciana pitcher Trey Morgan throws against Parkview on March 9 at Parkview.

West Feliciana’s baseball team has been on a roll, winning its three playoff games by a 23-4 combined score.

One big reason is senior pitcher Trey Morgan.

One of 10 seniors, Morgan helped lead the No. 6-seeded Saints (25-6) to a share of the District 6-3A title with top-seeded Brusly.

West Feliciana needed just two games to oust No. 22 Iowa in the regionals. Morgan (6-0) got the 8-0 opening victory. WFHS senior shortstop Ross Bujol scored the winning run in the top of the ninth on a squeeze bunt play in a 5-4 second-game victory. Bujol was 3-for-4 at the plate in that game.

Morgan will be on the mound at 6:30 p.m. Friday when the Saints travel to No. 3 St. Charles Catholic (25-8) for a best-of-three Class 3A quarterfinal series. The second game is set for noon Saturday, and the third, if necessary, at 3 p.m.

Morgan has helped the Saints reach the playoffs each of his four seasons as a starter. WFHS is seeking its first trip to the semifinals in school history.

“If we can get one more series of wins, we’ll make the state tournament,” said Morgan, a Southeastern Louisiana University baseball signee. “I’m looking forward to it. I love our team, and we’re like brothers. We have great team chemistry.”

Morgan has a career 25-12 pitching record. He was 7-3 as a junior and co-MVP of the district. This season he has a 0.67 ERA with 38 strikeouts and three saves.

“I feel like I’ve matured as a pitcher compared to my freshman year,” Morgan said. “I’ve learned to focus on the next pitch, and not focus on the past. I’m ready for every situation.”

WFHS first-year coach Gannon Achord, also the pitching coach last season, has seen Morgan continue to improve.

“Trey Morgan throws all four pitches well,” Achord said. “He keeps hitters off balance. He locates well and holds runners on base. It’s always good when your best player is also your hardest-working player and that’s Trey Morgan. He leads by example.”

Morgan, who plays second or third base when not pitching, is also a force at the plate. He homered in Friday’s game and has a slugging percentage of .673 with 40 runs scored, 27 RBIs, 15 doubles, two homers, two triples and a .433 batting average.

“I try to have a quality at-bat every time I’m up,” said Morgan, who bats third in the lineup. “We focus on team at-bats here.”

WFHS has won six straight games. Morgan said he could sense the Saints would have a good team in the offseason.

“The whole team worked harder than we’ve ever worked,” he said. “Our defense has been good all year. I trust the guys behind me when I’m pitching.”

“This is a special group,” Achord said. “Since day one they’ve been all in. We’ve won with different guys on the mound, we’ve had come from behind wins and we’ve won on the road. We talked about getting to Sulphur and we’ve got a chance to make a run at it. It’s an exciting time of year.”