Class 4A baseball state title game: Shreve vs. Shaw
Coker is giving some other Gators a chance to play in the state championship game. Andrew Calantone and John Anderson have come to the plate in the seventh.
Going to the 7th, still Shreve leading, 7-0.
Going to the top of the 6th, the Gators still lead, 7-0. This would the 14th straight win for Shreve and the 37th win in 40 tries. Captain Shreve has no previous state championships in baseball.
Shaw has made a pitching change, bringing in Jaren Rachel.
Top of 5th
Gators at 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. Charrier scores when a Trevor Deas single bounces over the SS. Shreve starts the inning with four straight singles and scores three to lead, 7-0, going into the bottom.
As YMCA plays between innings, it's obvious who's from New Orleans (fun city) and who's from Shreveport (boring city). With the second batter in the bottom of the fourth, Shreve's no-hitter is gone.
A ball gets past Shreve catcher Clint Ewing with nobody on base, so coach Ronnie Coker makes a nice running grab out of the dugout and throws to the mound in one motion. Nice play, coach!
Gators score again when Brandon Charrier singles to left and the outfielder can't pick it up, allowing Zach Johnson to round third and come home. It's 4-0 after the second baseman boots a ball hit by Phillip Freeman and Charrier scores from third.
Shreve still leads, 2-0, after two complete innings.
Lance West hits into a double play but scores Zach Johnson from third, 1-0 Gators. Two Shreve hits from the first four batters. Trevor Deas scores on an error by the 2B after Phillip Freeman reaches first safely, 2-0. Freeman is thrown at home to end the half inning. The team seems much more relaxed today, though they haven't been in the field yet. Shaw scores nothing.
There are more than Haughton fans in support of Shreve tonight. A couple of Airline t-shirts, a Northwood player and Cedar Creek administrator Jack Thigpen are also in attendance.
6:56: First pitch, a strike to Zach Johnson.
6:53: The anthem has been played and the ceremonial first pitch thrown by somebody in a large cowboy hat.
6:46: The meeting between the head coaches and umpires just broke up at home plate. Players are being introduced, Shreve, as the visiting team, first.
6:31: There were a handful of Haughton baseball players and at least one coach here last night to cheer on the Gators, a fellow District 1-4A member. It's good to see that good sportsmanship from high school guys. We sometimes don't even see that from adults.
6:28: The press box crew asked the Shaw coach before his Thursday semifinal what to play for the school fight song. He said to get "On Wisconsin," but it was too late. They played "It's raining men" instead every time Shaw scored, and the rather rowdy group of Eagles students loved it and requested it again for the title game. Though the workers retrieved "On Wisconsin" to use for certain instances, they greeted the arrival of the Shaw students with "It's raining men," much to their (odd) pleasure.
The Gators have just taken the field for warmups (6:31).
Austin Ross (7-1) is the projected starter for the Gators. He is considered the No. 3 starter, while Archbishop Shaw has its ace (Zack Barrett, 9-1) after holding him out of a 12-7 semifinal win over Salmen. Shaw has the early lead on fans. A busload of students made the trip yesterday for the 4 p.m. game, was bused back for morning classes and left at lunchtime to return. They are here, decked out in green and ready. They were very rowdy yesterday. Shreve seems to have about 50 fans or so here 40 minutes before the game.
Shaw has just taken the field to warm up (6:23) and Austin Tolliver is walking back-and-forth in front of the Gators dugout with a video camera, documenting the day.