Berwick comes back to clip 'Jacks in extra innings

From Staff Reports

Berwick stormed back from a seven run-deficit to upend Patterson, 11-10, in eight innings Saturday at Panther Diamond in a District 9-3A matchup.

Before the rally, Patterson had taken over the game with a five-run third inning and pushed its lead to 10-3 in the fifth inning.

“I knew the game was far from over when we took the big lead,” Patterson head coach Ryan Jensen said. “Anytime you face a good hitting team like Berwick, no lead is safe. The way they swing the bat, it’s pretty impressive.”

PHS starter Spencer Landry kept the BHS hitters at bay until the bottom of fifth inning.

“He threw the ball very well,” Jensen said. “But it was like their third or fourth time through the lineup and they kind of figured him out, and they took some better swings against him.”

The Panthers (14-5, 2-0 in district) got five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to chase Landry. Ian Bergeron greeted Patterson reliever Micah Gowan with an RBI single on his first pitch to pull Berwick to 10-9.

In 42/3 innings of work, Landry surrendered nine runs (four earned) on nine hits, walked one and hit a batter.

BHS pulled starter Reed Leonard in the top of the sixth and went to staff ace Chris Charpentier.

In five innings, Leonard surrendered 10 runs (four earned) on nine hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

“The plan was for Reed (Leonard) to give us five (innings) and Chris (Charpentier) would come in and throw the sixth and seventh because he had four days’ rest,” Berwick head coach Mike Thomas said. “When we fought back and made it 10-8, I decided to go with Chris. So we stuck to the plan, but we ended up playing eight instead of seven.”

Charpentier earned the win in relief. In three innings, he surrendered two hits, one walk and struck out five.

Patterson (10-8 overall, 0-3 in district) went to closer Cameron Clements in the bottom of the sixth, but Berwick tied the game on Logan Theriot’s sacrifice fly that scored Leonard.

Clements regrouped to get Patterson out of the inning with a strikeout of Bobby Boudreaux with Nick Osburn at third base.

Jaydrick DeClouet forced a one-out walk and Landry followed with a single to give Patterson runners at first and third in the top of the seventh. Cameron Fontenot popped up for the second out before Ryan Wade lined out hard to end the scoring threat.

Berwick managed to get runners to first and second before Patterson got out of the bottom half of the inning, sending the game to extra innings.

Charpentier gave up a single and sac bunt in the top of the eighth before striking out Clements and Taylor Harris.

Leonard reached on an error by Gowan at second base to open the eighth for Berwick. Matt Skelton bunted Leonard into scoring position. Theriot struck out for the second out before Nick Duthu popped a see-and-eye single to right field to score Leonard with the winning run.

“By us finding a way to win without our A-game, hopefully that will benefit us later on,” Thomas said.

Leading hitters for Berwick included Chris Charpentier, 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run; Trey Williams, 2-for-4, a home run, two RBIs, three runs and a walk; Ian Bergeron, 2-for-4, a run, a double, two RBIs and a walk; Leonard, 2-for-4, a run and hit by a pitch; Brooks Richard, 2-for-4, an RBI; Matt Skelton, 1-for-3, an RBI, a stolen base and a run; Logan Theriot, 1-for-4, two RBIs and a run; Nick Duthu, 1-for-1, an RBI; and Bobby Boudreaux, an RBI.

For Patterson, Clements took the loss. In 22/3 innings of relief, he surrendered an earned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out three.

At the plate for Patterson, Dallas Hamlett and Wade led the way as each were a homer short of hitting for the cycle. Hamlett finished 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a triple, four RBIs and two runs, while Wade was 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple and two RBIs.

Other PHS hitters were Landry, 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI; Bryce Tabor, 2-for-4, an RBI and a stolen base; Fontenot, 1-for-5, a double, an RBI and a run; and DeClouet, 1-for-4, a double, a walk and three runs.

In the win, Berwick committed eight errors. Patterson had five miscues.

Saturday’s extra inning defeat was the second in as many days in extra innings for Patterson, who also fell to North Vermilion, 10-5, in 10 innings on Friday.

“It’s a credit to our team to battle the way they did after a 10-inning loss last night, which was a very emotional game, and to comeback and compete like they did today,” Jensen said. “We’re in a tough stretch right now, and I just keep telling my kids that if they keep putting themselves in situation’s like this, then eventually good things will happen.”

The two nearby foes play the second game of the series Tuesday in Patterson at 6 p.m.

With the loss, the ’Jacks fall to 10-8 overall and 0-3 in District 9-3A play.

Patterson falls to

North Vermilion

On Friday, the ’Jacks hosted its first game with its new scoreboard, and while the scoreboard got a workout, it wasn’t in Patterson’s favor in a 10-5, 10-inning loss to North Vermilion.

North Vermilion broke a five-all tie in the top of the 10 inning with a five-run outburst.

“It was a great ballgame,” Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said. “We had (three) different opportunities to win and just couldn’t get the job done.”

North Vermilion overcame seven errors for the win, while Patterson committed five in the defeat.

Wade led the ’Jacks with a 2-for-4 performance with a double and two RBIs.

Other Patterson players collecting hits included DeClouet, 1-for-5 with an RBI and two runs; Landry, 1-for-5 and a run; Hamlett and Bryce Tabor, each 1-for-5; Cameron Fontenot, 1-for3, a walk and hit by a pitch. Gowan had an RBI.

On the mound, Fontenot pitched 21/3 innings and surrendered five runs (four earned) on eight hits. He walked two and struck out one.

In relief, Taurick Phillips pitched 51/3 innings and surrendered three walks and struck out eight, while Clements pitched 21/3 innings and surrendered five runs (four earned) on three hits. He hit one batter and struck out two.

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