The Minden Crimson Tide jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead over the Lakeshore Titans on Friday, and then held on for the 5-3 win.
With the win, the Tide advances to the LHSAA Class 4A second round. The Tide will travel to Lafayette to take on the #1 seeded St. Thomas Moore Cougars at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Against Lakeshore, Minden starter Carson Bolyer held the Titans scoreless in the top of the first and then the Tide used their power to take the early lead.
Minden lead-off man Mikey James crushed a solo homer to left center to give the Tide a 1-0 lead before the Lakeshore faithful were completely comfortable in their seats. Austin Sumner followed the home by drawing a walk and then after an out. He moved to third on Bolyer's double down the left field line. Next up was five-hole hitter Hutton Leppert. Leppert absolutely crushed a pitch over the 20' centerfield fence, 350' feet from home field to put the Tide up 4-0.
Bolyer again held the Titans without a run in the second, and the Tide quickly threatened for more. Minden had the bases loaded with two outs after a double by Sumner, a fielder's choice by Turner Francis and a walk by Bolyer. Up came Leppert, but a 6-3 groundout ended the inning.
Neither team scored in the third or fourth innings, but Lakeshore broke through with their first run in the fifth. A walk, an error and two groundouts brought in the run that cut the Minden lead to 4-1.
But the Tide quickly got that run back in the bottom of the inning, as Sawyer Stephens led off the inning with a double and later scored on Austin Keough's single to right.
Jay Beene relieved Bolyer in the top of the sixth, and quickly got into trouble. Beene allowed two runs and left with one out and the bases-loaded. Caleb Jones came on in relief and quickly got two outs to end the Titan rally. Minden went down in order in the bottom of the inning, giving the Titans one last chance.
But Jones got three straight pop up outs to end the game and sent the Crimson Tide into round two.
Bolyer took the win for the Tide, as he went five innings with just two hits and no earned runs allowed. He struck out three batters. Beene allowed two runs in 1/3 of an inning, and Jones got the save as he retired all five batters that he faced.
Leppert had the big blast for the Tide with a three-run homer, James singled twice and homered and Keogh had two hits and a RBI. Sumner doubled, Stephens singled and doubled and Bolyer doubled and Gain Smith singled.