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Dutchtown puts away Brother Martin, bows out to eventual champions in New Orleans

Michael Tortorich
The Griffins celebrate victory Friday night.

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NEW?ORLEANS – The fourth-seeded Dutchtown Griffins claimed a win over Brother Martin Friday, but lost to eventual champion Catholic Saturday night to end their run in the Class 5A state tournament held over the weekend at Tulane University’s Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

Dutchtown finished the season with a 28-11 record after Catholic held off a Griffin rally in an 8-6 decision Saturday night.

Catholic (33-6) claimed this year’s title with an 8-1 win over Lafayette in the championship final Sunday. The game was moved back a day due to rain.

The title was Catholic’s first since 1976 when the Bears took the Class 3A title with a 3-2 win over Lutcher.

Junior Jacob Knox pitched a complete game and allowed just one run on four hits to claim Most Outstanding Player honors.

Lafayette closed out the season with a 27-9 mark after taking a 7-2 win over Acadiana in the quarterfinals and a 6-5 victory over Barbe in the semifinals.

Barbe defeated Central, 5-2 in the quarterfinals, while Catholic blasted West Monroe, 14-4 in five innings.

In the Saturday night semifinal, Catholic took an 8-6 win over Dutchtown.

Trailing 4-3 after four and a half innings, Catholic scored a pair of runs in the fifth and extended its lead with a three-run sixth.

The Griffins scored two runs in the seventh as Steven Bright walked and Brandon Ballard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. A fly out ultimately ended the Dutchtown threat.

The Griffins scored first when Ballard drove in Grant McCrory.

Dutchtown added three runs in the fifth on Britt Gautreaux’s RBI single, Jesse Buratt’s sacrifice fly and an error.

The Bears answered in the sixth by taking an 8-4 lead.

Aaron Nola earned the win after allowing three earned runs on seven hits.

Dutchtown had six seniors this season: Court Schwing, Garette Rayburn, Ballard, Buratt, Chris Boutwell and Gautreaux.

The Griffins finished second in District 6-5A with a 9-6 record this year.