Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tough day for 1-5A

Two of District 1-5A's team fell from the Class 5A playoffs in the second round. Three seed Airline fell at home to 14 seed Zachary 3-2 and 16 seed Captain Shreve lost to one seed Catholic in Baton Rouge 10-1. Byrd managed to escape an upset from Mandeville in a 2-1 walkoff win in eight innings.

Airline (27-7) saw its season end in heartbreaking fashion. Locked up in a 1-1 game entering the final seventh inning, Viking starting pitcher Layton Tromba was called for a balk on a play that should have been the final out for Zachary. Given the extra chance, the Broncos took advantage and scored twice to take a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 7th. The Vikings could manage just one run in their half of the inning and come up short of advancing to the state tournament in New Orleans.

Captain Shreve stayed close to the top seeded Bears until starting pitcher Alex Fliss was finally knocked from the game. With a 2-1 lead, Catholic broke things open with an eight run sixth inning. Senior shortstop Jared Hedges (2-for-3) accounted for the Gators only run with a home run in the top of the sixth. Catholic starting pitcher, Aaron Nola (7-0), was brilliant in limiting the Gators to just three hits and striking out 12.

Byrd got another stellar pitching performance from Matt Sharp and won the game when outfielder Alex Inabnet hit a home run to end things. Byrd will meet Catholic in the quarterfinals on Friday in New Orleans.

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