West Ouachita senior Cody Street made sure his high school baseball career would not end in a first-round upset.
Street pitched six innings, allowing only one run and knocked in two-runs on a bases loaded single in the bottom of the fifth inning to propel No. 8 West Ouachita to a 2-1 win over No. 25 South Terrebonne in the first round of the LHSAA Class 4A baseball playoffs Tuesday in Cadeville.
The Chiefs and Gators both made each at-bat count on a night where runs were at a high premium.
Both starting pitchers had a masterful night on the mound. Street and Gators ace Dre Dupree kept the scoring low, and the tension high from start to finish.
Dupree kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard for the first four innings and again in the sixth. Street gave himself enough room to work through trouble in the top of the sixth.
Landon Trahan put the Gators on the board with a fielder’s choice and cut the deficit to 2-1. Street then struck out the next two batters he faced to leave South Terrebonne a run behind.
Zach Watson moved from shortstop to pitcher in the seventh to close out the South Terrebonne season.
“Both those guys did a tremendous job,” West Ouachita coach Mitch Thomas said. “We told our guys coming in that (South Terrebonne) was tough with (Dupree) on the mound. They had won 17 games this year and we knew it would be a challenge. I was happy our guys rose to the occasion. (Street) has pitched in a lot of big games. Our team has a lot of confidence in him.”
The Chiefs now await their second-round opponent for a Friday contest that will be Game 1 of a Best-of-3 series. The Chiefs will host the winner of No. 9 Crowley and No. 24 Riverdale.
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