The E.D. White Catholic baseball team ensured Tuesday’s District 7-4A battle with South Lafourche was not the low-scoring affair they loss three days earlier.
The Cardinals unleashed a 12-run third inning, capped by a grand slam from Cameron Folse, to beat the Tarpons 19-3 in five innings at Boyd Hebert Park in Thibodaux.
On Saturday, South Lafourche edged E.D. White 2-1 in Galliano.
E.D. White pitcher Seth Guidry earned the complete-game win with two strikeouts, allowed four hits and a walk. Kasey Guidry took the loss for the Tarpons with three strikeouts and giving up five hits in 2 1/3 innings.
“I’m so proud of them. They came ready to play with a lot of zeal,” Cardinals coach David Constant said. “It was about us coming to the plate and having a better approach than we did (Saturday). We crushed the baseball. It was so great to see us swing the bats well.”
“We had guys that did what they weren’t coached to do,” Tarpons coach Andrew Ravaglia said. “Credit to E.D. White. They capitalized on our big mistakes.”
E.D. White (18-7 overall, 6-2 district) got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Mike Clement (2-for-3, two RBIs) crushed a two-run homer to right-centerfield.
South Lafourche (19-6, 6-4 district) trimmed its deficit in half in the top of the inning as an Austin Cantrelle single plated Jack Blanchard.
The Cardinals pounded Tarpons pitching for 10 hits in 15 at-bats in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, Folse (3-for-3, six RBIs) slapped a two-run single. After Guidry was pulled for Mark Pitre, Thomas McGoey (2-for-4, two RBIs) smacked a two-run double; Clement scored on a groundout, and Jack Meyer and Parker Caddou (2-for-3, two RBIs) hit consecutive RBI singles.
Finally with the bases loaded, Folse bombed a grand slam over the right field fence to give E.D. White a 14-1 lead.
“Clement’s homerun was big. Cam’s been swinging it well. He’s a kid that’s been battling, and we’re so happy to have him in the four hole,” Constant said. “We got a young team, and these guys are finally figuring it out. That was probably the biggest inning we had all year.”
“Kasey hits his spots. They just had great at-bats,” Ravagia said. “There seemed to be a jet stream going out to right. That’s what happens when you get one in the air. They’re pitcher kept us off balanced. When a team puts 12 on you in an inning, it takes the air out of you.”
E.D. White continued the onslaught in the fourth. Caddou and Collin Desandro (3-for-4, RBI) hit back-to-back RBI singles. After James Brady plated on a wild pitch, Wes Toups (2-for-3, RBI and Devin Desnadro (2-for-3, RBI) hit consecutive RBI singles.
South Lafourche scored twice in the fifth when Jacob Danos hit an RBI single, and Beau Callais plated on an error.
With just over a week left in the regular season, both squads hope to get on track heading towards the playoffs.
“I just want us to come out and play as hard as we do every game,” Ravaglia said. “We got to stay the course and do a better job.”
“We need to take this confidence to the plate,” Constant said. “We got four games left in district, and we’re going to play all of them like it a championship game. That’s our mentality.”
ASSUMPITON 3, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 2 (at Napoleonville, District 7-4A game)
Offensive leaders: Assumption – Josh Alexander (double), Gage Esneault (two hits); Vandebilt – Parker Boudreaux (two hits, RBI)
Pitching leaders: Assumption – Kole Pourciau (win, seven innings, earned run, four strikeouts, two walks); Vandebilt – Brandon Knight (loss, six innings, six hits, earned run, seven strikeouts, walk)
Records: Assumption (15-8 overall, 5-5 in district); Vandebilt (14-10 overall, 4-4 in district)
MORGAN CITY 16, ELLENDER 2 (at Morgan City, District 7-4A game)
Records: Morgan City (11-14 overall, 6-2 in district); Ellender (2-21 overall, 0-8 in district)
--Compiled by Staff Writer Kelly McElroy