A bloop single against a drawn-in infield produced the game’s only run in St. Charles Catholic’s 1-0 loss to three-time defending champion Teurlings Catholic in the opening game of a best-of-three Division II quarterfinal series Friday in Lafayette.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning, Teurlings Catholic had runners on second and third with one out when the Comets elected to play their infield in. Rebels first baseman Connor Dickinson fouled off a half-dozen pitches before he delivered a bloop single right over the dirt of the infield with what proved to be the game-winning run.
“They get a flair hit with the infield in that takes the lead, but at the end of the day, you can’t win 0-0 anyway,” St. Charles coach Wayne Stein said.
Game 2 is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday. If the Comets win to force a Game 3, that contest is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday.
“I still believe it’s all about Game 2. Obviously, if they win Game 2, it’s over. But I think you can steal momentum back in Game 2. I don’t think you can control the momentum just by winning Game 1. If you can find a way to win Game 2, anything can happen in Game 3,” Stein said.
The Comets threatened twice late in the game but couldn’t score.
St. Charles loaded the bases in the fifth inning but Teurlings pitcher Peyton Lejeune induced a ground out to second base to end the threat.
The Comets had a runner on third with one out in the sixth inning. Robby Gilbert hit a ground ball to shortstop and Broussard, who was a third base, was thrown out at the plate on the play.
Lejeune and St. Charles’ Kaile Levantino matched each other pitch-for-pitch for most of Friday’s game.
Lejeune allowed no runs on three hits and walked one while striking out 10 in seven innings.
Levantino was the tough-luck loser, allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks while strike out seven in six innings.
“I can’t say enough about how Kaile threw. I was very disappointed in what we did offensively. I think Lejeune had a lot to do with it but we were a team that swung the ball well all year and been aggressive, and for some reason, we were not today,” Stein said.
Broussard was 1 for 2 for the St. Charles while Joe Chiarella and Eli Ory each were 1 for 3.
The only player in the game with multiple hits was the Rebels’ Landon Trosclair.
Trosclair was 2 for 3 in the game, while Ty Leblanc was 1 for 2. Dickinson and Lejeune each were 1 for 3 in the game.