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EDW wins 10-0, punches ticket to 3A semifinals

E.D. White Catholic's Payton Coddou (23) and Logan Barbera celebrate after Coddou scored in Monday's Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game against North Vermillion. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)

The E.D. White Catholic baseball team, and its group of eight seniors, has adopted the phrase "Grace is Five" for this year's team.

In their fifth and final year, the Cardinals seniors are vying for a state title after coming close in recent seasons, and in the Bible, the No. 5 is the number of power and of God's grace, and it is also associated with redemption.

A possible secondary motto for the team during the playoffs could be "Shutouts are Good."

With a 10-0 quarterfinal victory over No. 10 North Vermilion in front of a standing-room-only crowd on Monday afternoon in Thibodaux, No. 2 E.D. White punched its ticket to the Class 3A semifinals on Friday in Sulphur and have now beaten their three playoff opponents by a combined score of 33-0.

E.D. White (27-4) will now play District 10-3A rival No. 11 Brusly (26-7) on Friday at McMurry Park in the semifinals. E.D. White swept the regular season series with Brusly 3-2 and 8-4. The finals are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at McMurry Park.

"It's great. We have been waiting to get back all season," E.D. White senior catcher Logan Barbara said. "It's a great feeling."

Monday's game, highlighted by a long three-run homer to left field by Barbara in the third inning, lasted into the bottom of the fifth inning and ended when Nick Falgout scored on a wild pitch to push the 10-run mercy rule into effect.

"I am proud of our guys. We fought all year long, and we just ran into a very good E.D. White team," Patriots coach Jeremy Trahan said. "I think they have a great shot at winning (state)."

Cardinals ace Scott Szush (12-0) was nearly unhittable. He threw 47 pitches, allowed no runs on two hits (one infield hit) with seven strikeouts and two walks in the complete-game win. The last time the Cardinals allowed a run was in a 2-1 win over St. Charles Catholic on April 16.

"Logan and Scott are two outstanding leaders who continue to carry this team on their backs, and refuse to allow anyone to score on them," E.D. White coach Shane Trosclair said. "That hit Logan had was the biggest hit all year, and Scott Szush just did what Scott Szush does. Grace is five, and I think the whole community believes in that, and I hope everyone travels with us to Sulphur."

Szush kept North Vermilion (24-9) hitters off balance with a good mix of off-speed pitches while working in his fastball.

He got his curveball over for strikes with consistency.

"I felt really good. I was just trying to work ahead and get first-pitch strikes and control the strike zone," Szush said. "Having a lot of experience helped us a lot. Our senior leadership and our coaches pushed us through. We executed."

North Vermilion's only clean hit came on a double to center field by Patriots No. 9 hitter Boyd Dennis. Other than that, the Patriots never really threatened.

"He had good control with his curveball. We controlled the strike zone," Barbera said. "Strike 1 is the biggest thing."

Offensively, the Cardinals (seven hits) scored six runs in the third inning (all with two outs), one in the fifth inning and three in the seventh inning (all on wild pitches).

"They scored all those runs in the third inning with two outs, and we miss a ball in the outfield by inches and miss getting a runner at second by inches," Trahan said. "If we make those two plays, it could have been different. I thought we had a chance."

Donald Comeaux (10-2) started for the Patriots and lasted 2 2/3 innings before giving way to reliever Brylan Suire and then reliever Trey Broussard. The homer to Barbera on a ball left up in the strike zone was the first homer allowed by Comeaux, a sophomore, all season.

Also at the plate for E.D. White, Nick Falgout had two singles, Michael Waguespack and an RBI single and Justin Theriot added a two-run single. Jace Toups also added two hits and scored two runs for the Cardinals.

On defense for the Cardinals, Scottie Sanders started a sparkling double play in the first inning by going deep behind the bag at third base and initiating a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.