ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana’s Cody Trisler handcuffed No. 27 seed Vidalia in Monday’s Class 3A baseball playoff game.
He gave up just two hits in five inings while striking out six and the sixth-seeded Saints locked down a 10-0 victory over the visitors in a game that was called because of the to the 10-run rule.
“I was just trying to throw strikes and let the defense do the work,” said Trisler, who only walked two Vikings.
Vidalia managed 20 batters through six innings. Reliever Taylor Sullivan pitched the final inning for the save.
“That was one of those things where they made plays when they needed to and we didn’t,” said Vidalia coach Kale Davis, whose squad ended the year 12-12. “Their pitcher kept us off balance. That’s a very good team with good pitching, defensively and at the plate.”
While Trisler was dominant on the mound, the Saints offense scored its first run in the second inning.
Dylan Roark singled, moved to third on a single by Terry Ferguson and Hayden Charlet’s RBI fly to left scored Roark.
In the third, Trisler belted a two-run home run, knocking home Hunter Gonzales, who reached on an error, pushing the lead to a 3-0.
Trisler added a double in the fourth and scored after a walk in the sixth.
The Saints added three more runs in the fourth inning, powered by a two-run home run by Trey Morgan, which followed an RBI single by Hunter Gonzales.
After a scoreless fifth, West Feliciana scored four in the sixth inning, with back-to-back RBI doubles by Roark and Ferguson, who also scored the decisive 10th run as Vidalia pitcher Chandler Grayson tired.
“I kept him in there because he’s a senior, and he deserved the opportunity to fight it out with a good ball club,” Davis said.
The Saints improved to 23-6 for the season and await the winner of Monday’s game between No. 22 Iowa and No. 11 Parkview Baptist.
“Parkview is a district rival and they have a great program and I have a lot of respect for them,” Saints first-year coach Gannon Achord said. “Iowa beat us in the second round of the playoffs last year, so they’re two good ballclubs and we’re happy to be playing.”