Rebels rally, win first championship since ’99

Published 2:39 pm Sunday, May 15, 2022

SULPHUR — The comeback kids of West Monroe pulled off another stunning come-from-behind win Saturday in the Class 5A state championship game.

The second-ranked Rebels rallied from a six-run first-inning deficit to beat No. 8 St. Amant 9-6.

Hayden Federico’s bases-clearing triple was the big blow, putting the Rebels up 8-6 in the sixth inning.

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The Rebels rallied to win five of their final six games, including a 6-5 win over Dutchtown in the semifinals.

Caleb Ross started the comeback with a grand slam in the third inning to cut the Gators lead to 6-5.

Lee Amedee had two hits in the Gators’ six-run first inning, including a solo home run to lead off the game. But the Gators (34-8) struggled after that, especially against reliever Brennan Eager, the game MVP. The sophomore pitched 42/3 scoreless innings to close out the game with six strikeouts and no walks. No runner got beyond first base with Eager on the mound.

West Monroe (33-4) won its first state championship since 1999.

Class 4A

S. Terrebonne 7

N. Vermilion 6, 8 inns. 

No. 15 seed South Terrebonne capped off its Cinderella run through the playoffs with a dramatic extra-inning win over the top seed.

South Terrebonne scored with winning run on Jackson Martin’s two-out RBI triple to right field that scored Shea Pitre.

North Vermilion forced extra innings on a Tyson LeBlanc inside-the-park home run.

Pitre opened the scoring when he launched the first pitch of the game over the left-field fence.

North Vermilion (38-3) tied the score in the second inning on a double by Braxton Savant that scored Dylan Naquin, and took a 2-1 lead in the third when LeBlanc doubled and scored on a John Touchet single.

The Gators (20-15) tied the score again in the fifth inning when Drew Pitre walked and scored on a single by Martin.

The Patriots seemingly seized control by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth. LeBlanc and Touchet scored on a throwing error and Brandt Fontenot on a balk to put NV ahead 5-2.

But South Terrebonne came back with four runs in the seventh. Dale John singled in a run and Drake Detillier hit a bases-loaded triple to score three and give the Gators a 6-5 lead.

Bryce Lajaunie picked up the win in relief.

Class 3A

Lutcher 5

Berwick 4

One stroke of the bat by sophomore Brock Louque changed everything for Lutcher.

The Bulldogs trailed 3-1 to District 9-3A rival No. 1 Berwick (33-8) in the top of the third inning when Louque stepped to the plate with the bases load. He launched a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for a grand slam and a 5-3 lead. The Bulldogs (32-9) held on to win 5-4 to claim their first state championship since 2013.

Louque was named the game MVP, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs.

Berwick had momentum in the second inning. Cru Bella scored on a throwing error to tie the score, and Jude Vasquez hit an RBI single for the lead. Mason Johnston added an RBI double.

Berwick cut the deficit to 5-4 in the fifth off Carter Williams’ double and had a chance to tie or win in the seventh after getting runners to second and third.