Carter Fabre was more angry at himself than anybody as he watched a soft fly ball pop straight up to the Houma Christian School pitcher.
Covenant Christian fought back from as much as a nine-run deficit to its district rivals at one point on Tuesday night to tie the game at an incredible 17-17 score with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
Anything in fair territory and Fabre was the hero, yet here he was convinced he just sent the game into extras.
That’s when he heard the distinct thud of a baseball hitting the patch of grass directly behind the mound.
As it turned out Warriors closer Brandt Rogers misjudged the slow blooper, giving Fabre the additional split second needed to beat the throw. By the time Rogers corrected, Fabre was safe and so was Roth John at home. CCA won 18-17.
"I was just trying to do good, trying to get a hit and come up for my team to get the walk-off," Fabre said.
A six-run rally in the top of the first inning for Houma Christian (5-16 overall, 3-2 district) set the stage for what became a wild night at Southland Field in Houma.
Several costly errors and a challenging start on the mound by the Lions (20-6 overall, 5-0 in district) put them in a devastating hole. By midway through the second, the Warriors climbed to a 10-1 lead on the No. 3 team in Division IV.
But four hits, three walks, a hit batter and a throwing error later and CCA was back in the game with five runs in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 10-6.
Houma Christian coach Stephen Martinez said while the offense was everything he could’ve asked for with 16 hits, the 12 walks and five hit batters the Warriors allowed were ultimately difficult to overcome.
No inning was that more evident than the game-winning seventh when four walks and a hit batter helped four runs to cross, including when Caleb Wilson tied the game by taking a pitch off the helmet with the bases loaded.
Fabre’s dramatic moment — his only hit of the night — came seconds later in the next at bat.
Even then, Martinez could hardly point the finger to a single play that changed the outcome of the game.
"There’s a lot that happened," Martinez said. "As you can see, 35 runs in seven innings, there was a lot that happened. They walked a bunch of people. We walked a bunch of people. They made errors in certain situations that caused us to score and we made errors in certain situations that caused them to score. It was back and forth kind of game."
Fabre’s day didn’t stop at the plate.
He also did most of the arm work for Covenant Christian with four innings pitched, allowing only two earned runs on seven hits. While five total runs were scored under his watch, he also struck out seven. He was credited with the win.
John, who scored the winning run, also had a productive day with three runs allowed on three hits and striking out three in two innings of work. But his biggest contributions came on the other side of the ball with five RBIs on a 2-of-3 clip.
Lions Second baseman Cameron Olivier went 4-for-4 with four runs and an RBI.
Houma Christian was led by Roger with three RBIs and three runs scored on a pair of hits. Brody Adams also chipped in another three RBIs on as many hits.
"Our guys never quit," CCA coach Joe Teuton said. "We’ve lost six games this year and in five of the six games we had a chance to win the game or tie it in the last inning. We just kind of stayed with our game plan and kept our focus. It just fell our way tonight. Listen, we were very lucky."