Eagles, Lady Eagles defeat Ascension Episcopal

Staff Report

The Central Catholic Eagles rallied to defeat Ascension Episcopal Wednesday, 5-4, to remain undefeated in District 8-1A play.

The Eagles literally were down to their last strike when they started a rally to score three runs for the victory.

With two outs and Barron Courtney facing two strikes, the Central Catholic slugger connected on an infield single.

Six consecutive Eagles also reached base as the Eagles rallied.

The local squad plated the winning run when Nick Case walked with the bases loaded for a 5-4 advantage.

The lead was the lone one Central Catholic had during the contest.

Tyler Hoffpauir held the Blue Gators scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning as he struck out one in an inning of relief of starter Bryson Barbier.

Barbier earned the win as he struck out 10. He surrendered four runs — two earned — on four hits with two walks in six innings of work.

Ascension Episcopal plated three runs in the bottom of the third, and while Central Catholic responded with two in the top of the fourth, the Blue Gators plated another in the bottom of the frame for a 4-2 advantage.

Luke Landry led the Eagles at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance with two RBIs, while Courtney finished 2-for-4 with two runs; Dominick Guarisco, 1-for-3, an RBI, and a run; Tyler Hoffpauir, 1-for-3, an RBI; Samuel Guarisco, 1-for-3, a double and two runs; and Matthew Barbier, an RBI.

Central Catholic (11-7 overall, 3-0 in District 8-1A) will return to action Tuesday when it travels to Gueydan for a 4 p.m. District 8-1A contest.

Lady Eagles roll past

Ascension Episcopal

Nine runs in the top of the first inning were more than enough as the Central Catholic Lady Eagles rolled past Ascension Episcopal, 15-2, in five innings.

The Lady Eagles extended their lead to as much as 15-0 after their at-bat in the top of the fourth inning.

Ascension Episcopal plated its two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Bridgette Swam led the Lady Eagles with a 4-for-4 performance with three doubles, two RBIs, a stolen base and three runs, while Megan Landry finished 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Other top contributors included Brittany Longman, 2-for-4, an RBI, a stolen base and a run; Olivia Crawford, 2-for-2, a stolen base and two runs; and Kimberly Russo, 1-for-2, an RBI and a run.

Longman earned the win on the mound as she surrendered two runs — one earned — on three hits with two walks and struck out six in four innings of work.

The Lady Eagles (19-5 overall, 5-0 in district) will return to action Tuesday when they travel to Vermilion Catholic for a 5 p.m. district contest.

Additional reporting by The Daily Advertiser.

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