Class 4A semifinal: Capt. Shreve vs. St. Thomas More
Shreve leads off the seventh with singles by Phillip Freeman and David Williams. Nobody out, trailing 8-5. ALEX GARCIA HOMERS WITH TWO ON TO TIE THE GAME AT 8. Still nobody out. STM had a player warming up in the bullpen, but he's a little late. Now, Bobby Darnell comes in with two on and one out, 8-8.
Shreve may have gotten hurt by the phantom out at second moving to the high school level. Lance West appeared to be safe but was called for the third out when the shortstop tagged in the vicinity of the base.
Chance Harst hits a large homer to left center to score three runs for an 8-5 lead. We go to the seventh.
Andrew Calantone doubles off the right center field fence to score two runs and, mysteriously, prompt the playing of the Louisiana Tech fight song here at ULM. Shreve, 5-3, with two outs and Calantone on second.
STM coaches continue to send runners who have no chance of advancing, losing perhaps two runs in the innings to runners thrown out. Still, the Cougars tie the game on a wild pitch-error combination for one run and a double steal for another. Then again, the first "stealer" then gets thrown out trying to take third. End of inning, 5-5.
David Williams hits a monster homer over the right field fence to score two and cut the deficit to 3-2 with one out. When Brandon Charrier walks with the bases loaded to tie the game. Leadoff hitter Jeff Etienne, or more likely the first base coach, makes the bonehead decision of the game, trying to turn a single into a double and getting out with a long fly to left. John Anderson comes in with the bases loaded to get the Cougars out without a run. 3-3
Shreve gets a runner to third in the inning but can't bring him home. STM gets a double but nothing else in the inning. Still STM 3, Gators 0.
Other than a walk, Shreve goes down quickly in the second. The Gators have let STM load the bases with nobody out. That's four Gators errors. Shreve manages to hold the Cougars without a run as Austin Hedges triggers a 4-6-3 double play.
Shreve goes down 1-2-3. STM takes a 3-0 lead on a single to right and eventually scores two more virtually all on three errors. The Cougars end up with three hits in the inning also.
The lineups are out and Zach Johnson (7-1) is the starting pitcher for Captain Shreve. Stephen Padgett (9-0) starts for STM.
Archbishop Shaw defeated Salmen, 12-7, in an error-filled (11) first semifinal game. The Gators now try to earn the other spot in Friday's 4A championship game. At 6:47 p.m., STM has the larger fan following, but perhaps a few Gators fans will show up. Shaw had a rather large and rowdy student contingent.
These games are in Monroe at the Louisiana-Monroe baseball field. Like the university's football stadium, it looks like an overdeveloped high school facility. I, having already gone to high school for four years, chose to attend Louisiana Tech, which is about 30 miles closer to Shreveport.