NEW ROADS - The race for the District 6-1A title became a little more interesting Thursday as St. Edmund roared to a 17-8 road win over False River Academy.
St. Edmund (9-9, 3-1) is now in the hunt trailing Catholic High of Pointe Coupee (11-10, 5-1) and Sacred Heart of Ville Platte (15-5, 4-1).
The Blue Jays entertain Pointe Coupee Central on Monday and host CHPC on Wednesday.
“False River is a scrappy team,” St. Edmund head coach Ryan Henderson said after the win over the Gators. “They didn’t give up after we jumped out on them.
“But our team also battled back when we were down,” he said. “We came back with a couple of big innings and never relinquished the lead.”
The teams combined for 25 hits, including four extra base hits.
St. Eds jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning and appeared to be in control early.
Trey Caswell singled and David Scott LaFleur walked before Austin LaFleur singled in Caswell.
Andre Aguillard followed with a double to plate David Lafleur and Biscuit Arnaud (reached on a fielder’s choice).
LaFleur scored on the throw and Aguillard scored on a passed ball for a 5-0 lead.
FRA responded with two runs in the first, one in thee second and a four-run explosion in the bottom of the third as the Gators led, 7-5.
The Blue Jays responded with six runs in the top of the fifth frame to retake the lead.
David LaFleur singled, while Austin LaFleur and Aguillard walked to load the bases.
Andrew Ardoin also walked to plate David LaFleur.
Dylan Sittig kept the free-base parade going to push in Austin LaFleur.
Adam Clause singled in Aguillard, while Ardoin scored on a throw back to the infield.
Caswell was hit by a pitch and David LaFleur kept the two-out rally going with a hit to left field to allow Sittig and Clause to score for an 11-7 lead.
FRA scored a run in the bottom of the inning when Nathan Fulmer walked and scored on a hit by Fremin.
The Blue Jays put the game away with a six-run surge in the top of the sixth inning.
Aguillard singled to center and scored on an error.
Ardoin singled and scored on a passed ball.
Perry Pitre was hit by a pitch and scored on a single to right field by Caswell.
Clause walked and also scored on the throw back in on Caswell’s hit.
David LaFleur tripled in Caswell, while Arnaud’s hit pushed in LaFleur as the Jays forged ahead, 17-8.
Lafleur got the win for St. Eds despite allowing six runs over 2 1/3 innings. The St. Eds pitcher struck out four, walked four and surrendered six hits.
Sitting went 4 1/3 innings and fanned two, waked one and allowed two runs on four hits.
David LaFleur went 3-for-3 with two walks, three RBI and three runs scored.
Austin LaFleur went 3-for-4 with a walk, a RBI and two runs scored.