Catholic High baseball coach Brad Bass likes his team’s attitude.

“They’re a bunch of smiling faces. They’re always loose,” he said after Catholic defeated Jesuit 8-0 at Grizzly Field on Saturday.

The Bears put a smile on Bass’ face with a four-run first inning and lockdown pitching from sophomore Brady Hebert to sweep their 5A quarterfinals series and move on to next week’s semifinals in Sulphur.

Catholic will play Barbe in a 7 p.m. game on Friday. The teams have met once this year, with Catholic winning a tournament game 6-4 on March 5.

The game was a total turnaround from Friday night’s battle, a 10-inning nail-biter decided on Connor Bowen’s homer that gave the Bears a come-from-behind 6-5 win.

“Last night was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, games I’ve ever coached in,” Bass said.

“When you come out and put up four in the first inning and one in the second like we did today, especially with the pitching Brady Hebert gave us, you have to feel comfortable. These are the games you like to coach in.”

The Bears capitalized on singles by Josh Smith, Tristan Welch, Daniel Guilbeau and Brennan Lambert, a walk and a hit batter in the first to chase Jesuit starter Hayden Fuentes, and they lost two more baserunners when Bowen was hit by a ground ball and Will Etheridge was thrown out after rounding third base.

Hebert, who wore his favorite short pants and long socks, sailed through the first five innings, allowing no runs and only two hits, a leadoff double in the first by Nick Ray, who homered to start Friday’s game, and a two-out single in the fifth to Mark Beebe.

The Blue Jays had no more than one baserunner in any inning until the sixth, when they loaded the bases on a single, a double and a walk. But Hebert pitched out of the jam by striking out Austin North and Jake Licciardi to end the inning.

“I might have been a little tired,” Hebert said. “I just had to start throwing strikes again.

“I felt pretty confident coming out here today. I thought we’d come out swinging the bats. I just relied on our offense and tried to throw strikes.”

Catholic tacked on another run in the fourth when Josh Smith doubled and scored on a single by Daniel Guilbeau and added two more unearned runs in the sixth, courtesy of three Jesuit errors.

Jesuit coach Joey Latino put a positive spin on his team’s effort and on its season.

“The loss last night was certainly tough, and then going back to New Orleans and having the quick turnaround was tough, and after they get four runs in the first inning, it was going to be a long haul after that,” he said.

“Catholic High is awfully talented. They made plays, and we just couldn’t put a big inning together.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my guys. I think we’ve had an outstanding year, not just record-wise, but how much they’ve grown and how much they’ve matured,” he said.

Bass had one more reason to celebrate Saturday’s victory.

“My daughter has a dance recital at 6 (p.m.), and these guys promised me early in the week that I’d be there. The only way I could do that is if we won (the first) two, and they did it, so I’m happy.”