MATHEWS – Just when Comeaux looked like it might grab a little momentum on Tuesday night early on during a first-round Class 5A playoff game against Central Lafourche at Broussard Field, Trojans player Logan Wilcox put an end to all that.
Wilcox blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning to help push Central Lafourche to an eventual 12-4 victory and to a best-of-three second-r0und series at top-seeded Zachary set for this weekend. Exact dates and times for the series are not yet set.
With the No. 16 Trojans (25-9 overall) up 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning, No. 17 Comeaux (19-15 overall) was looking to make it to the top of the third inning down just three runs, but Wilcox got into a pitch from Spartans starter Justin Schroder and planted it over the wall for a 6-0 Central Lafourche lead.
“I have been seeing the ball really well lately at the plate,” Wilcox said. “I was just sitting on a fastball and hit it well. The wind was in my favor. I just hit it as hard as I could. As a sophomore, it’s special to be a part of this team. It was a good win.”
The Trojans, who won their first playoff game since 2007, took a 7-0 lead by adding a run on an error later in the inning and cruised to the victory.
“This is my 11th year at the school and fifth as head coach and this was our first playoff win since 2007,” Trojans coach Simon Badeaux said. “There was a little pressure on us, but the kids played well and stayed in control of the game. This whole season has been pretty surreal. The guys have been playing great and the coaches have been working hard. Everything is coming together.”
Trojans starter Brandon Babin went the distance in the win, allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out three, walked five and hit two batters.
“It was a rough start, but once I got loose it was fine,” Brandon Babin said. “We have been playing well all year. I just have been throwing for the bat and letting them make plays in the outfield. We are not changing anything. We haven’t won a playoff game here in years and for us to do it and to do it by more than a few runs, it feels great, and it’s not over.”
Central Lafourche (12 hits, two errors) scored three runs in the first inning, four runs in the second inning, two runs in the third inning and three runs in the sixth inning.
Offensive leaders for the Trojans included Drake Babin (1-for-3, single, run, two walks), Brandon Babin (2-for-5, run), Wilcox (2-for-2, four RBIs, homer, two walks), Johnathan Potter (2-for-4, double, single), Blake Trant (2-for-4, RBI, run) and Trey Naquin (2-for-4, double, single, RBI, two runs).
“We have been attacking the baseball all season long,” Badeaux said. “More times than not it has been on our side. We are in control of our at-bats and that was a big thing for us (Tuesday).”
Comeaux, which got a solo homer, an RBI and two singles from Jeremy Harris, scored single runs in each of the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Schroder (two singles) took the loss on the mound after working into the third inning and Hunter Dugas and Seth Sonnier each worked in relief for the Spartans (seven hits, three errors).