With St. Charles Catholic and De La Salle both unbeaten in District 10-3A play going into Wednesday’s game at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans, a lot was on the line both in terms of league play and playoff implications.
“In the division, we both know how tough it is and we think we are two teams that are in the mix and to make it to the road to Sulphur (site of the state tournament) we will have to go through one another St. Charles coach Wayne Stein said.
After the Comets’ 3-0 win on Wednesday behind a four-hit, eight strikeout performance by SCC pitcher Kaile Levatino, the road has become much narrower.
The two teams meet again on Thursday, this time in Laplace. With St. Charles now 6-0 in district and De La Salle 6-1, the Comets can take control of league play in a span of less than 24 hours with another triumph.
The game, slated for 4 p.m. at St. Charles, will be live-streamed via VSNLouisiana.com. Drew Robison will handle play-by-play duties while Lonn Ellzey will provide color commentary.
The Comets expect to see hard-throwing Ty Tubbs on the mound in the crucial second game of the series.
As the outcome of Wednesday’s game suggests, runs could be at a premium once again.
“The more pressure you can put on them…it’s going to be hard for you to get 8-10 hits. You have to try and create as much pressure as you can on their defense and hope something cracks and maybe get a chance to get that big two-run double somewhere in the game,” said Stein.
The Cavaliers are strong up the middle, beginning with catcher Coedy Fonseca, a University of Southern Mississippi signee.
De La Salle also features a solid shortstop in Gavin Freeman.
“You try to build your team in baseball up the middle and they are very strong up the middle,” Stein noted.
The Comets are expected to counter with Caleb St. Martin on the mound.
Five returning starters have led St. Charles all year, including Levatino, who also plays shortstop. The others include shortstop Robert Gilbert, right fielder Joe Chiarella, pitcher-center fielder Nick Lorio and pitcher-second baseman Peyton Broussard.
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