St. Amant’s Mitchell Mayard’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted his team to a 3-2 victory and ended Fontainebleau’s season in the bidistrict round of the Class 5A playoffs.
St. Amant, a No. 5 seed, will advance to play a best-of-three series against No. 12 seed Shaw, which beat Holy Cross on Monday.
Fontainebleau, co-champion of District 6-5A, ends its season at 17-13.
Brennan Grant (6-2) went the distance on the mound for St. Amant, allowing five hits and two runs, only one of which was earned. Grant also gave St. Amant (25-8) a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run in the sixth.
Fontainebleau’s Keith Hunter (6-2) was nearly as good. The junior right-hander appeared to be in control until surrendering four consecutive singles in the seventh, the last the game-winner by Mayard.
Fontainebleau took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth.
Brennan Kent led off by lining a single to right that Owen Richard had trouble picking up. Kent took second on the error, and was then sacrificed to third. After a walk, Thomas Savino launched a fly to deep left that allowed Kent to tag up and race home.
St. Amant surged back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Grant Durbin reached base after being hit by a pitch. Brennan Grant then crushed the first pitch from Hunter over the left field wall to give the Gators a 2-1 lead.
In the seventh, Fontainebleau showed it still had life. With one out, Hunter singled to right before courtesy runner Cody Marshall took second on a ground out. Alec Barreiro brought Marshall home with a double off the center field wall.
Grant got Kent to ground out to shortstop to end the threat.
“That’s what you want to see in playoff baseball,” Fontainebleau coach Mike Lavin said. “I was so proud of my kids. We were down right at the very end. To come back and tie it, they showed a lot of character.”
Barbe 11, Grace King 0: In Lake Charles, Barbe, the No. 1 seeded team in Class 5A, had little trouble with 32 seed Grace King in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Barbe improved to 33-2 and advances to face 16-seed Sulphur in the regional round. (Sulphur beat Acadiana 10-0 on Tuesday).
Grace King, which won the District 8-5A title, finished 21-10.