Central Catholic outfielders, from left, Blake Hidalgo, Samarick Paul and Adam Dupuis, wait for action to resume during a pitching change during the Eagles' Division IV regional round victory against False River Academy last week. Central Catholic, Division IV's top seed, will host No. 8 Ascension Christian Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The game was moved up a day due to the threat of inclement weather Wednesday. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
CCHS to host Ascens ion Christian Tuesday
Top-ranked Central Catholic will continue its Division IV postseason journey Tuesday when it hosts No. 8 Ascension Christian in Division IV quarterfinal action in Amelia.
While the game originally was set for Wednesday, it was moved up a day to avoid possible inclement weather.
Central Catholic enters the quarterfinal round after knocking off No. 16 False River Academy, 9-0, last week.
M e a n w h i l e, Ascension Christian advanced with a 10-5 win against No. 9 St. Frederick’s, last week. Ascension Christian (21-9) finished second in District 6-1A with a 10-2 mark.
Central Catholic and Ascension Christian have several common opponents this year. Both schools faced Episcopal of Baton Rouge, Dunham and Ascension Catholic. Central Catholic fell to Episcopal, 7-3; defeated Dunham, 3-2; and topped Ascension Catholic, 3-1.
Ascension Christian split with Dunham, winning 3-1 and falling 6-0; split with Ascension Catholic, falling 12-0 and winning 2-0; and defeated Episcopal, 3-1.
Ascension Christian also played Riverside Academy, and while the Lions dropped both games, the second contest was just an 8-7 defeat.
“Ascension Christian is a good baseball team,” Central Catholic Coach Tyler Jensen said Monday night. “They are very well-coached and do a lot of little things correctly. They play with a ton of passion and will put pressure on us the entire game. Their schedule has prepared them for this game and the ‘pressure’ that comes with it. I have no doubt we will see their best effort tomorrow."
While Jensen said moving the game up a day shortened his team’s routine preparation for games, he said at this time of the year, the impact is minimal.
“Most things are already put into place, and we just fine-tune them,” Jensen said. “I think our guys are excited that they have one less day to wait for the game, but they also understood (Monday) at practice that we had work to do before worrying about (Tuesday). I think it’s a plus of having a veteran team that has kind of been in weird weather situations before (Grand Lake last year)."
The Eagles will be looking to punch their sixth straight trip to the semifinals, which will be held May 11 in Sulphur, with a win today, and they can do so in front of their home crowd.
“As far as playing at home, it’s a good experience for our players,” Jensen said. “These seniors haven’t gotten to play their quarterfinal game at home since their freshman year. We had that long trip to Ruston last year. We know it’s going to be a big crowd, a really good atmosphere. Our fans are second to none when it comes to making great atmospheres for our players. Hopefully, our fans will pack the stands and support our guys trying to extend our season by another week. We aren’t ready for this to end. Hopefully, we can play like we are capable and have an exciting evening of baseball.”