The baseball team wasted no time in showing their dominance in the quarter-final matchup vs. Byrd last weekend. The Patriots jumped out quickly to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Cade Beloso launched a mammoth blast for a home run. Byrd, however, answered in the second inning to close the gap to 2-1. That was as close as they’d get, as the Patriots flexed their muscles and put up an 8 spot in the second inning for a 10-1 lead. In all, the Patriots collected 12 hits, walking away with the victory 12-2. Beloso went 2-2 with 5 RBI’s. Hunter Bufkin and Logan Stevens added in 2 more RBI’s each to pace the Patriot attack.
In game 2 of the series, the Patriots were the visiting team. However, the game started similarly to game one, plus one. The Patriots plated 3 runs in the top of the 1st with Jay Curtis getting an RBI base hit and Logan Stevens adding 2 runs on his double down the left field line. The pace of play didn’t slow down as the Patriots would put up 3 more runs in the top of the 2nd inning when Beloso hit a towering shot to right field for a 3-run home run and a 6-0 lead. The lead increased to 9-0 in the top of the fourth inning when Jay Curtis hit a sacrifice fly and Logan Stevens belted a 2-run home run. The visiting Yellow Jackets plated a run in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to 9-1, but the Patriots responded in the top of the 7th with a 6 spot to eventually win going away 15-3.
With the victory the Patriots advance to McMurry Park in Sulphur to face district foe the Holy Cross Tigers in the semi-finals. The Tigers defeated the Patriots 5-3 earlier in the season, but the Patriots exacted revenge in the final two regular season games. This one is the big one, though, as the winner advances to the state championship game Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM. First pitch vs. the Tigers is slated for 4:00 on Thursday in a single elimination game.
You can catch the game online with Jim Derry and Buddy Turnage with nola.com/Times-Picayune or with Ken Trahan and Jude Young on ESPN 100.3 radio or crescentcitysports.com.