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High school baseball: Glenbrook upsets No. 2 Covenant Christian in semifinals

by Russell Hedges

The Glenbrook upset train is still rolling.

The No. 11 seed Apaches defeated No. 2 Covenant Christian 3-2 in the semifinals of the semifinals of the select Division IV playoffs Tuesday at Sulphur’s McMurry Park.

Glenbrook (16-10) will face No. 1 Opelousas Catholic (29-6) for the state championship Friday at 2 in the Ochsner LHSAA Baseball State Tournament. Covenant Christian closed its season 28-6.

The victory was especially sweet for several Apaches who walked off the field after last year’s 4-1 semifinal loss to Ascension Catholic.

Among those were Easton Sanders, Seth Mangrum, Jackson Waller and Landry Powell. All played roles in Tuesday’s victory.

Sanders pitched his third complete game in the playoffs.

He allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two. The Lions had three of their hits and both runs in the bottom of the first.

Glenbrook broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the fifth.

Hudson Glasscock drew a walk and Waller was hit by a pitch. After Powell drew a walk, Carsen Hebert replaced Owen Trosclair on the mound.

He induced a popout and got a strikeout, bringing Preston Frye to the plate.

The first three pitches were balls. The next one was a strike. The next one was a ball and Glasscock scored. Hebert then induced a lineout.

Covenant Christian got a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth. But the runner was caught attempting to steal on a throw from Sanders to second baseman Ryan Reagan.

The Lions got a leadoff walk in the sixth. But Sanders struck out the next two batters then induced a lineout to center.

In the bottom of the seventh, Covenant Christian had runners at first and second with two outs. Sanders induced a soft liner that shortstop Waller caught to end the game.

After the Lions took the 2-0 lead in the first, the Apaches rallied with two in the third.

Leadoff batter Sam Ricord drew a walk and Seth Mangrum followed with a single. They both advanced on a wild pitch. Glasscock hit a fly ball to center and Ricord tagged and scored. Waller then lined a double to right field, scoring Mangrum.

Covenant Christian starter Brennan Champagne went 3 2/3  innings. He allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two.

Trosclair recorded one out before being replaced Hebert, who allowed no hits, struck out three and walked two.

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