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Catholic High coach Brad Bass speaks with his players during a game against Zachary on March 21.

BOYS TEAM OF THE YEAR FINALIST

Catholic High baseball

It didn’t look like Catholic would make a return trip to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA baseball tournament. The Bears started the season with six new starters and a 9-7 record.

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But in mid-March, things came together for Catholic. The Bears gained momentum with a series of wins, including taking two of three games from eventual Class 5A quarterfinalist Zachary. Catholic then won the District 5-5A title with a 9-1 record and was the No. 1 playoff seed in Division I.

The Bears were 17-4 after that 9-7 start and ended their season in Sulphur. Catholic advanced to the LHSAA tourney and the semifinals to finish 26-11.