SULPHUR -- Brusly’s nemesis from regular season action struck again.
This time, it meant more than a loss of a chance at a district title.
Instead, it ended the state title hunt for the Panthers.
Southeastern Louisiana University signee Scott Szush struck out 10 in a complete game and allowed only three hits in a 4-0 win over Brusly in the Class 3A semifinals Friday at McMurry Park.
“He just pitched a great game,” said Brusly coach Tait Dupont. “He just pitched great all through the game.”
E.D. White beat Brusly twice in regular season to block the Panthers from the District 7-3A championship.
The Panthers finished the season 26-8.
“We have no reason to hold our heads down,” Dupont said. “That’s a good season, the kids made it to the state tournament and hopefully the kids can build on it to make it back here next year.”
E.D. White charted six stolen bases.
The Cardinals broke loose for three runs in the bottom of the third.
The Panthers put out a runner at first, but catcher’s interference on two strikes sent Jace Toups to first. A Nick Falgout double to left center brought home Toups for the first run.
“The strikeouts set the tone for the game, and we were able to put pressure on the defense, thanks to stolen bases,” E.D. White coach Shane Trosclair said.
Falgout advanced on a steal and scored on a Brett Duet two-bagger to center.
The Cardinals widened the gap when Duet reached home on a Duet single to center.
EDW tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Waguespack scored on an error. Waguespack reached base on a grounder to second and stole second and third off a throwing error.
“We had opportunities to score runs before they did, but we gave away outs to give them runs early,” Dupont said.
The Panthers dodged another Cardinal run in the sixth when Taylor Prejean retired the side off a Toups steal attempt at third.
Luke LeBlanc tried to ignite a Panther comeback effort on a single to left in the top of the seventh, but the Cards followed with a double play. A Landon Andre infield popper ended the game.
Szush held back Brusly in the top of the fourth when he struck out Taylor Prejean and sent back Logan LeBlanc off a groundout to second. Cullen Prejean made a run for first off a passed ball, but Payton Coddou made the catch to stop Prejean.
The Panthers went 1-2-3 with nothing across in the fifth, but Taylor Prejean struck out Scotty Sanders to retire the side with one Card on base.
Brusly missed out on a scoring opportunity in the sixth when Szech struck out Taylor Prejean that left Logan Smith at first after a walk.
Szush forced out leadoff hitter Kwanston Adkins in the top of the first and struck out the next two Panthers.
The first EDW batter reached base on an infield error, but pitcher Taylor Prejean struck out one Card and sent back two others to retire the side.
Brusly had sought a return to the title game for the first time since 2010. The Panthers came up short that year .against Notre Dame Crowley in the 3A championship game in Ruston.
The 2013 playoffs marked the sixth consecutive year the Cardinals reached at least the quarterfinals or semifinals.
As with the previous trips, EDW did not reach the top of the mountain. Parkview Baptist – which joins Brusly in District 7-3A action – defeated the Cards 9-5 Saturday for the 3A state title.