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E.D. White falls to Parkview in 3A finals


E.D. White Catholic's Seth Gravois dives for a ball during Saturday's Class 3A title game against Parkview Baptist. (Photo by Kirk Meche/Lake Charles American Press)


SULPHUR — E.D. White Catholic's ability to shut down its opponents with pitching and defense were big reasons for its playoff success this season.

In their first four playoff games, the Cardinals scored 37 totals runs and held their opponents to none.

But in the Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Parkview Baptist turned the tables and gave the Cardinals a taste of their own medicine.

The Eagles seized control of the game by scoring seven runs in the first two innings, which gave them all the momentum in a 9-5 victory over E.D. White at McMurry Park in Sulphur on Saturday.

The win gave Parkview Baptist (20-17 overall) its 12th state baseball title in school history, and it captured this season's championship by beating the Class 3A's top two seeds (No. 1 North DeSoto in semifinals and No. 2 E.D. White in finals). It also denied E.D. White (28-5) a chance to win its first championship since 2001.

The Eagles, which were the fifth-seeded team in the Class 3A playoffs, led 9-0 after four innings. E.D. White rallied by scoring four runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh, but it just wasn't enough to complete the comeback.

"Parkview is great," E.D. White coach Shane Trosclair said. "They were the better team (Saturday). They came out hitting the ball and swinging the bat well. We started late, and they started early. Congratulations to them. They have a great program with great tradition, and they got the better of us (Saturday)."

When he looked at the scouting report on E.D. White on Friday, Parkview Baptist coach Darron Mitchell said he wondered if his team would have any success at the plate on Saturday.

Facing E.D. White senior starting pitcher Payton Coddou, the Eagles went to work early and often and finished with 12 hits.

"We challenged our hitters to come to play and score early," Mitchell said. "We were able to do that against a very good E.D. White team. We've got some guys that can hit, but I was a little surprised we scored that many early. We executed well. We've always been capable of doing it, and (Saturday) they showed what they can do."

In the first inning, Parkview got an RBI single from Hezekiah Randolph, a RBI double from Cody Daigle and a two-run double from Hayden Nickens to open up with a 4-0 lead.

Chris Dupont continued the Eagles' success at the plate with another RBI single at the plate to make it 5-0 in the second inning. Randolph blasted a shot to the left field wall, which ended up being an RBI triple to extend it to 6-0. Zach Hamilton added an RBI single to put the Eagles ahead 7-0 in the second inning.

It was a rough start to the game for Coddou, a University of New Orleans signee who allowed 11 hits (six singles, three doubles and a triple), two walks and struck out one. He had a tough time stopping his future UNO teammate Randolph, who went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to earn the championship game's most outstanding player award.

"I was trying to bring my best game to the mound, but hats off to Parkview," Coddou said. "They did their jobs, and we just couldn't catch up. We accomplished a lot this season, but it just didn't fall our way at the end."

Trosclair let Coddou pitch for 4 2/3 innings before replacing him with sophomore Thomas Legendre (1 1/3 innings, three hits, run). Justin Theriot also had time on the mound for E.D. White.

Despite the struggles, Trosclair said he had faith in Caddou, who capped his senior season with a 9-2 record.

"He's pitched for us all year," Trosclair said. "He's a college guy who had a bad day, but that doesn't make him a bad pitcher. I know what kind of heart he has and what kind of kid he is. I wasn't taking him out earlier in the game. The kid wanted to win for his teammates, and I didn't want to take him out there."

Randolph struck again with a triple in the fourth inning and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-0. Parkview added another run on a E.D. White error to go up 9-0 after 4 1/2 innings.

Parkview pitcher Zack Hamilton shut down E.D. White for five innings with his fastball. As the game went on, his pitches started losing some effectiveness, which allowed the Cardinals to make some noise in the sixth.

The Cardinals got a two-run double from Michael Waguespack, a RBI double from Theriot and a RBI single from Seth Gravois to make it a 9-4 game in the bottom of the sixth.

After their defense turned in a 1-6-3 double play to keep Parkview scoreless at the top of the seventh inning, the Cardinals had one final chance to make something happen.

Brett Duet hit a single to put a runner on base with one out, and he later came home on a RBI single from Scottie Sanders (2-for-3, two singles) to make it 9-5.

With two runners on base and two outs on the count, Waguespack looked to bring home more runs for the Cardinals, but he grounded out in the final at-bat to seal win for Parkview.

E.D. White senior Nick Falgout, who went 2-for-4 with two singles, said it wasn't a good feeling to lose, but the Cardinals didn't want to go down late without a fight.

"We never gave up," Falgout said. "We didn't score until the sixth inning, but we never give up. We're always fighting. They are a good team. They hit the ball and won. There wasn't nothing we could do. We gave it our best."

Other leading batters for Parkview were Daigle (2-for-3, RBI) and Nickens (1-for-4, two RBIs). Hamilton pitched the complete-game for the Eagles, allowing nine hits, two walks and striking out three batters.

Although they fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a state championship, Trosclair beamed with pride while praising his team for playing hard until the final out.

"They showed their character that they've had, and they showed their heart and love for one another," Trosclair said. "I couldn't be more proud of them for everything they've accomplished this season."