GAME 38: TAPPS DIVISION I STATE TOURNAMENT, THE YARDS OF CAMERON, CAMERON, TEXAS
San Antonio Antonian College Prep 5
Eagle Baseball 6
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Brody Logsdon ‘19 singled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning for his fourth RBI of the game and a scintillating 6-5 walk-off win to advance the defending state champions to the state Final Four for the fourth time in five seasons with two-time state champion coach Ryan Lousteau, and the eighth time in the previous nine years.
The Eagles (26-12) never trailed after a three-run first inning but surrendered two runs in the top of the seventh for a 5-5 tie.
The immediate bounce back began with left fielder Michael Vogelsang ‘19 working a walk to spark the rally. One out later, Owen Meaney ‘18 (Texas) ripped his second hit of the game to place runners at first and third. With two outs Logsdon sent a 2-2 pitch up the middle and into center field to deliver the dramatic ending.
MOMENTS THAT MATTER
Five of the first six Eagles reached base in the first inning for an instant advantage. After base hits from Vogelsang and Meaney, Logsdon drilled a two-run single and third baseman Daniel Coco ‘20 followed with the fourth knock of the frame for 3-0.
Logsdon broke a 3-3 tie in the third with a one-out launch high over the 356’ mark in left field, a solo home run to push the Eagles in front 4-3. He then opened the sixth with a single and came home two batters later when Gabe Lenz ‘19 collected the RBI to give the Eagles a 5-3 cushion.
THE BIG O
Meaney was in command throughout, pitching into the seventh, allowing six hits, one earned run and striking out nine, including called third strikes to end the first, second and third innings.
Over a middle-inning stretch, Meaney retired seven straight hitters and 10 of 11, and twice came up captain clutch, stranding runners at third representing the tying or go-ahead runs, including a strikeout to keep Antonian off the board in the fifth inning after a leadoff double.
Josh Wolf ‘19 (Texas A&M) relieved Meaney in a 5-5 deadlock, inherited a runner at third base and needed only four pitches to induce two groundouts to keep the score even.
The shutdown Meaney-Wolf tag-team limited Antonian to 1-10 with runners in scoring position.
The Eagles will face Argyle Liberty Christian (28-12-1) in the state semifinals Tuesday, May 15, 4:00 p.m. at Crosby High School. The championship final is scheduled for May 16 at 7:00 p.m. with either Tomball Christian Academy and Beaumont Monsignor Kelly Catholic.
DRIVE FOR 25
The Eagles are a step closer to the 25th state title in the program’s rich history. Lousteau orchestrated championships in his 2014 debut and again in 2017. He was the lead assistant when Astro Hall of Famer Craig Biggio guided Eagle Baseball to consecutive crowns in 2010-11.
The Eagles completed a 23-11 regular season, then defeated Addison Trinity Christian Academy 8-2 and 12-3 at Fr. Wilson Field in the area round of the state tournament after a first-game defeat.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
In 2017 the Eagles dominated Antonian 17-2 and 9-5 in a best-of-three series sweep, part of a blitzkrieg bop championship playoff run that capped a sizzling two-year stretch of 64-7-1.
WALKING THE RED CARPET
2018 Eagle Baseball, two-time state championship coach Lousteau and two-time TAPPS All-State performer Meaney were honored at the inaugural VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
The St. Thomas representation was recognized among the most distinguished teams, coaches and student-athletes from the 2017-18 academic year before a sold-out gathering at Warehouse Live.
Eagle Fight Never Dies!