Dutchtown rally falls short, Catholic advances to title game

Michael Tortorich
Dutchtown's Britt Gautreaux celebrates after hitting a double.

NEW ORLEANS - Dutchtown scored two runs in the seventh inning, but Catholic held off the Griffins to take an 8-6 win in the semi-final round Saturday at Tulane's Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

The victory sent Catholic to the Sunday state championship against Lafayette, which defeated Barbe 6-5 Saturday.

Rain Saturday pushed back the Dutchtown-Catholic game, as well as the title match, which was moved to a 5 p.m. Sunday start time.

Catholic came back from a 4-3 deficit after four and a half innings. The Bears scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and had a three-run sixth.

The Griffins didn't go quietly, though. Dutchtown had a pair of runs cross the plate in the seventh as Steven Bright was walked and Brandon Ballard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The game ended on a fly out.

Editor's note: See the Tuesday issue of the Citizen for more coverage of Dutchtown's state tournament appearance in New Orleans