MARRERO – A perennial playoff team, St. Paul’s is accustomed to winning. In the midst of a losing streak, the Wolves needed a pitcher to put a stop to the bleeding.
Sophomore right-hander Jacob Scherer proved to be the stopper, hurling five and a third shutout innings to pace the Wolves to a 9-0 victory over host Archbishop Shaw in the final game of the Pelican Cup Invitational at Winterscheidt Stadium Saturday evening in a game heard live on WGSO, 990 AM.
Scherer allowed just three hits, walked five but struck out 10 in a dominant performance for his first win of the season. The Wolves had lost 7-4 to De La Salle in the game before facing the Eagles.
St. Paul’s broke on top in the top of the second inning as Dylan Black walked Beau Neelis, yielded a single to William Huertin and hit Grant Grosch to load the bases. Black then walked Scherer, scoring Neelis to make it 1-0. William Duncan followed with a two-run double to left to make it 3-0. Nick Vitale then singled to left, scoring another to make it 4-0. Duncan then scored on a passed ball to make it 5-0.
The Wolves extended the lead in the top of the fifth as Kyle McGlaughlin singled and Beau Neelis walked. That finshed the day for Black and Brendon Smith took over on the mound. Robby Darrah greeted him with a sacrifice fly, scoring McGlaughlin to make it 6-0. Huertin then singled to right, scoring Neelis and it was 7-0.
St. Paul’s padded the lead in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to McLaughlin to make it 8-0 and a wild pitch which scored another run to make it 9-0.
Black took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out three. Justin Oestriecher and Blair Hicks finished up on the mound for the Eagles.
The Eagles had chances to score in the second, fifth and seven innings when they had a pair of runners on base in each frame but could not cash in. Wayne Templet and Jordan LaCava opened the bottom of the second inning with singles but Smith grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Brandon Orticke doubled in the fifth inning but was stranded. Kaleb Griffin and Preston Clement singled to start the bottom of the seventh but once again, the Eagles could not break through.
Both teams return to action Tuesday as St. Paul’s hosts Hammond in a District 6-5A contest at 6:30 p.m. at Heap Field while Shaw opens 9-5A play against St. Augustine at 6 p.m. at RBI Field at Wesley Barrow Stadium.
**In the earlier Saturday afternoon loss to De La Salle, St. Paul’s right fielder Paul Gremillion was injured when he dove for a foul ball and collided with the fence in foul territory. Gremillion was taken away by ambulance and remains hospitalized in Children’s Hospital with a head injury. Our prayers are with Gremillion and the St. Paul’s School family.
SP 050 022 0 — 9 8 0, 9 LOB
AS 000 000 0 — 0 5 1, 9 LOB
WP–Jacob Scherer (1-2)
LP–Dylan Black (0-3)
Time of Game: 2:31
Area Prep Baseball Results from Saturday, Mar. 18
New Orleans Area
Archbishop Hannan 8 Slidell 5
Archbishop Rummel 18 Mandeville 3
Ascension Christian 8 Northlake Christian 7
Belle Chasse 3 Salmen 2
Central Lafourche 5 Brother Martin 4
John Curtis Christian 8 Vandebilt Catholic 5
De La Salle 7 St. Paul’s 4
Destrehan 3 Jesuit 2
East Jefferson 13 Fisher 3
Warren Easton 17 St. Martin’s Episcopal 7
Hammond 7 Brother Martin 5
Haynes 13 Ben Franklin 7
Jesuit 13 Hahnville 3
Karr 13 Landry-Walker 4
Lutcher 8 Lakeshore 7
Lutcher 11 Ponchatoula 8
Newman 13 John Ehret 3
Newman 5 Ben Franklin 1
Pearl River 4 Higgins 3
Riverdale 6 Plaquenine 5
Riverdale 10 Springfield 1
Salmen 8 Slidell 7
St. Augustine 15 Patrick Taylor 0
St. Charles Catholic 10 South Plaquemines 0
St. Paul’s 9 Archbishop Shaw 0
Baton Rouge Area
Acadiana 4 Live Oak 3
Broadmoor 10 Tara 6 (Game one)
Tara 7 Broadmoor 6 (Game two)
Brusly 4 Episcopal 3
Catholic (BR) 10 Parkview Baptist 8
Catholic (BR) 9 Teurlings Catholic 3
Central 11 Acadiana 1
Central 9 Lafayette 6
Denham Springs 4 Comeaux 1
Dunham 13 St. John 2
East Ascension 1 Haughton 0
East Iberville 9 Donaldsonville 4
False River 6 Port Barre 4
French Settlement 13 Christian Life 3
Holden 12 Independence 0
Sam Houston 5 Dutchtown 3
Live Oak 10 Lafayette 9
Livonia 15 Crowley 0
Livonia 15 Westminster Christian 3
Notre Dame 12 Denham Springs 9
Notre Dame 10 Walker 1
Opelousas Catholic 7 St. Michael 3
Pine 14 Maurepas 4
Scotlandville 11 Jewel Sumner 5
St. Amant 21 South Plaquemines 0
Teurlings Catholic 14 Parkview Baptist 1
University High 8 Assumption 1
University High 6 St. John 4
Walker 12 Comeaux 11
West Feliciana 12 Westlake 4
Woodlawn (BR) 10 White Castle 5
Zachary 5 Parkway 0
H.L. Bourgeois 10 Ellender 1
H.L. Bourgeois 6 Morgan City 5
Cedar Breek 7 Patterson 5
Centerville 7 Holden 6
Centerville 6 Slaughter Community Charter 3
Covenant Christian 3 Ascension Catholic 1
Ellender 8 Terrebonne 5
Holy Savior Menard 10 Patterson 2
Morgan City 3 East St. John 0
New Iberia 8 Berwick 5
South Lafourche 3 Westlake 2
South Terrebonne 9 St. Martin’s Episcopal 4
Terrebonne 9 Covenant Christian 5
E.D. White Catholic 12 Warren Easton 2
E.D. White Catholic 9 West Feliciana 2