St. Mary Central won the district championship on Saturday with a perfect finish in the 8-and-under District 3 tournament in Franklin.
SMC clinched the tournament with a 7-6 win against Thibodaux on Saturday and now will advance, along with second-place finisher Franklin, to the state tournament beginning Thursday in Pineville.
In the win against Thibodaux, St. Mary Central concluded the game with a double play when a line out to third base was snared by Luke Zerangue, who then tossed across the diamond to first baseman Ross Thomas, who stepped on the bag for the third out to get the Thibodaux runner, who had broken for second base on the play.
The outs followed an outstanding play by second baseman Clay Menard, who lunged for second base for an out after fielding a ball near the base.
St. Mary Central’s big inning in the victory came in the fourth. Down 3-0, SMC plated five runs for a 5-3 lead.
While Thibodaux briefly took a 6-5 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth, SMC responded with two more in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-6 advantage.
Blayne Brown led SMC at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance with a run and two RBIs, while Carter Williams also recorded a 3-for-3 day with an RBI and two runs. Other SMC hitters included Zerangue, 2-for-3, a run; Jackson Thorguson, 1-for-2, two RBIs; Thomas, 1-for-2, an RBI and a run; Nick Spitale, 1-for-2, a run; Conner Terrebonne and Gavin Baudoin, each 1-for-2; Menard, 1-for-3; Owen Thorguson, 1-for-3, a run; and Kane Mason, an RBI.
On Friday, SMC routed Patterson, 15-5.
St. Mary Central scored six runs in the fourth to erase a 5-4 deficit and added five more in the fifth inning for the win.
Brown once again was tops for SMC with a 3-for-3 performance with three RBIs and three runs, while Thomas added a 3-for-3 day with three runs and an RBI. Other SMC hitters included Spitale, 2-for-3, a run and three RBIs; Baudoin, 2-for-3, an RBI; Williams and Zerangue, 2-for-3, two runs; Mason, 2-for-3, a run; J. Thorguson, 1-for-3, an RBI; O. Thorguson, Berryhill and Terrebonne, each 1-for-3 with a run and Menard, 1-for-3.
Patterson also dropped a 19-12 decision to Morgan City on Saturday.
No individual statistics were available for Patterson, but for Morgan City, Dakota Gibson was tops with a 3-for-4 performance with three inside-the-park home runs and three runs. Other Morgan City hitters included Tate Matherne, 3-for-4, three runs; Andrew Gros, 3-for-4, two runs; Dylan Cornes, 3-for-4, a run; Drew Rock, 3-for-4, two runs; Carsyn Meador, 3-for-4; Spencer Hebert and Ty’Jae Vaughns, each 3-for-3, a run; Ethan Blanchard and Dominic Case, each 2-for-3, a run; Jacob Blum, 2-for-2, two runs; and Randy Fontenot Jr., 2-for-4, two runs.
Earlier on Saturday, Morgan City fell to Franklin, 21-5.
Gibson and Cornes both led Morgan City with 2-for-2 performances with two runs apiece, while Rock added a 1-for-2 performance with a run, while Fontenot, Blum and Hebert each finished 1-for-2; and Vaughn finished 1-for-1.
On Friday, Morgan City fell to Thibodaux, 16-11.
Jacob Blum led Morgan City with a 3-for-4 performance with a run, while Dakota Gibson, 3-for-3, three runs; Andrew Gros, 3-for-3, two runs. Other Morgan City hitters included Fontenot, 2-for-4; Meador, Hebert and Case, each 2-for-3; Blanchard, 2-for-3, two runs; Cornes, 1-for-3; Vaughn, 1-for-3, a run; and Matherne, 1-for-4, a run.