Singleton's hit lifts CCHS past St. Martin's
By GEOFF STOUTE
AMELIA — Josh Singleton’s two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave No. 5 Central Catholic the breathing room it needed to pull out a 4-1 victory against No. 12 St. Martin’s Episcopal in Class 1A regional action Tuesday.
Singleton, who finished 4-for-4 with a double, took the two-out offering from St. Martin’s Stewart Campbell and deposited it into right field, scoring Tyler Hoffpauir and pinch runner Matthew Barbier to break a 1-1 tie.
“I just knew we needed a clutch hit because we left the bases loaded … twice this game already, and I’ve been hot, and like coach said, we just needed someone to put the whole team on their back and that’s what I did,” Singleton said. “It was another at-bat. I didn’t tighten up like other people do. I live for the pressure and the moment.”
Central Catholic added another run one batter later when Singleton stole second base, and Austin Autin took home on the throw down to second base.
The runs were the first for Central Catholic since the first inning when the Eagles plated their lone run on an RBI-groundout by Bryson Barbier to second base scored Singleton, who had reached base after he drove Campbell’s first pitch down the left field line for a double. He took third base on a wild pitch.
Other than that, Central Catholic struggled to manufacture runs as it left the bases loaded in the bottom of the third and fifth innings.
“It was one of those games,” Central Catholic coach Tyler Jensen said. “Their pitcher, he took it to us a little bit. We started off a little slow, and we were a little confused at the plate, but we battled and battled and battled. We had a lot of opportunities to bust the game open, especially in the middle innings. We just couldn’t get that big hit with one out, two outs, but Josh stepped up big for us there with two outs in the sixth (and) got a big hit for us. We were just waiting on that big hit. … This game very easily could have been 8-1 or whatever if we get a couple of big hits in there.”
St. Martin’s advanced runners to second base in the first and second innings and were denied a scoring opportunity in the fourth when designated hitter Will Bower was called out at home after he tried to score on Sam Hurley’s hit. Hurley's hit went to the centerfield wall where Singleton picked it up and threw in to second baseman Justin Arceneaux. Arceneaux then fired a throw to catcher Dominick Guarisco. who applied a tag for the out on the close play.
St. Martin’s scored its lone run in the top of the sixth inning when Campbell drove in Zac Lange on an RBI-single up the middle.
Barbier, who struggled at times, threw a complete game. He allowed six hits, one earned run, walked five and fanned five.
Barbier also finished 1-for-1 with an RBI for the Eagles, while Luke Landry and Nick Case each were 2-for-3.
Campbell also went the entire game. and, in six innings, he surrendered four earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Central Catholic now will await its quarterfinal opponent, either No.4 Oak Grove or No.20 Ascension Catholic. Those two teams are scheduled to meet today.