CCHS Eagles travel to face St. Edmund

Central Catholic catcher Matthew Barbier makes a throw to first base during earlier season action against E.D. White. The Eagles, the No. 2 seed in the Class 1A playoffs, will hit the road today to face No. 19 seed St. Edmund in Eunice at 5 p.m. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

No. 3 Central Catholic will hit the road to face No. 19 seed St. Edmund in the second round of the Class 1A baseball playoffs in Eunice today at 5 p.m.
Central Catholic (25-4), who advanced to the second round of the postseason after defeating No. 30 seed False River 11-0 in five innings Thursday, will be traveling in the second round due to St. Edmund defeating No. 14 seed Christian Life 7-5 in other first-round action.
While Central Catholic scored all of its runs in the second and third innings, jumping out to an 11-0 lead after three innings, St. Edmund had to rally for its win.
The Blue Jays trailed 4-1 after four innings before rallying with four runs in the top of the fifth and plating two more in the top of the sixth for a 7-4 advantage.
Christian Life plated the game’s final run in the bottom of the sixth.
St. Edmund (12-16) outhit Christian Life 8-7.
While Central Catholic had eight hits in its contest, five of those scored runs, including a two-run home run by Stefano Guarisco and a grand slam by Nicholas Case.
The Eagles, who have struggled this season by leaving runners on base, left just five on base Thursday, including just two in scoring position.
“Our problem has not been getting guys on, it’s getting the hit that scores a run and last game we got the big hit,” Central Catholic coach Tyler Jensen said. “We constantly put pressure on them whether it be with a hit, whether it be running, whether it be hitting the ball in the gap, whatever, and we put ourselves in an opportunity to get hits with runners in scoring position.”
On the mound, Central Catholic pitcher Bryson Barbier tossed a no-hitter with nine strikeouts in the first round. Eight of those strikeouts were on called third strikes.
“He just dominated,” Jensen said. “He really set the tone for everybody else. Whenever you got someone on the mound that’s filling the strike zone … controlling the tempo of the game, it makes the game a lot easier for everybody else.”
Jensen said defensively, the few times that the Eagles had a chance to make a play, they were solid.
More than anything else in the Eagles’ first-round win, Jensen said he liked the team’s focus.
“I thought we were really focused,” he said. “I thought we were really ready to go and take it to them from the beginning.”
As for today’s contest, Jensen said he expects to get St. Edmund’s best performance, considering they have the Eagles’ at home and because the Eagles are ranked so high.
“We know going over there it’s going to be a tough little atmosphere,” he said. “St. Edmund’s has a big baseball tradition. It’s a baseball area. I know their fans, their students, everybody’s going to be ready to go.”
While he had some trouble finding information on the Blue Jays, Jensen said he did learn they were a scrappy squad.
“You’re going to have to earn everything you get against them,” Jensen said. “One of the things they did against Christian Life was they made Christian Life pay for every single mistake that happened.”
Today’s game will be held in Eunice at a ball park at 720 North 12th St. Admission will be $8.
The game will be broadcast on KBZE 105.9 FM and KFRA 1390 AM.
Additional reporting by www.nola.com.

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