Jesuit holds off Lafayette for Class 5A baseball championship

Staff reports

NEW ORLEANS – Jesuit edged Lafayette 5-4 Saturday for the LHSAA Class 5A State Baseball Championship at Tulane University’s Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

Blue Jays centerfielder Bubby Riley went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Emerson Gibbs tossed 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

All five of Jesuit’s runs came in the first inning, but pitching and key defensive plays proved to be the key down the stretch. The Blue Jays’ one-run victory was their third of the weekend as Jesuit came from behind to defeat Barbe 2-1 in Friday’s quarterfinals and followed suit with a 3-2 victory over Catholic earlier in the day in the semifinal round.

With the win, Jesuit improved to 29-5 on the years while winning the 20th state baseball title overall, its fourth in the last 10 years and first since 2007. Lafayette High, meanwhile, concludes its season at 30-5.

Riley was one of three Jesuit players to enjoy multiple-hit outings as left fielder Armand Daigle was 2-for-4 while shortstop Tony Fortier-Bensen went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Starting pitcher Jonathan Hess picked up the win for the Blue Jays after giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Gibbs, meanwhile, earned the only save for any of the eight team’s participating over the weekend after giving up just a single during his time toeing the rubber.

CLASS 1A:?In Shreveport, St. Mary’s rolled to a 23-0 victory over Oak Grove.

The Tigers came out with five rns in the first, then added nine more in the second to overwhelm the opposition.

CLASS 2A:?In Shreveport, Evangel rallied from a three-run deficit in the seventh inning to take a 15-10 win over Calvary.

It was Evangel’s fourth state title.

CLASS 3A: In Ruston, ninth-seeded Livonia upset No. 2 Parkview Baptist with a 7-5 win, powered by a pair of juniors on the pitching staff and just one senior on the roster.

CLASS 4A:?In Ruston, St. Michael took a 10-8 win over West Ouachita at J.C. Love Field.

After the 10th-seeded Chiefs ralled from a six-run deficit to take a one-run lead, No. 6 St. Michael answered with three runs to hang on for the title.

CLASS B:?In Alexandria, No. 10 Forest upset No. 1 Choudrant with a 7-5 victory at Bringhurst Field.

CLASS C: In Alexandria, Hicks edged Family Christian Academy for its 13th state championship.

Hicks took control early and nearly ended the game on a 10-run rule in the fourth and fifth innings.