Berwick falls; Lumberjacks win

Staff Report

BERWICK — The Berwick Panthers fell, 5-2, to North Vermilion at home Thursday in District 9-3A action.

Nick Duthu suffered the loss for the Panthers as he gave up five runs — four unearned — in six innings of work.

He was relieved in the seventh inning by Drew Landry.

The Berwick defense committed five errors in the contest.

Logan Theriot led Berwick with a 2-for-3 performance with a double and an RBI, while Ian Bergeron, Anthony Richard, Reed Leonard and Nick Osburn all finished 1-for-3, with Bergeron adding a double.

The Panthers (11-8 overall, 2-3 in district) will return to district play Tuesday when they travel to North Vermilion. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Patterson defeats Kaplan

Patterson held off Kaplan on the road for a 12-11 victory Thursday, the Lumberjacks’ first in District 9-3A play this season.

Patterson jumped out to as much as a 7-1 lead following the squad’s at bat in the top of the third inning; however, Kaplan rallied in the bottom of the third with five runs to cut their deficit to 7-6.

Patterson promptly responded with five runs in the top of the fourth to extend its lead to 12-6, and while Kaplan plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth and three in the bottom of the fifth, the Lumberjacks held on for the victory.

Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said in the seventh inning, reliever Chase Martin retired Kaplan’s two best hitters when the Pirates were a threat with the tying run in scoring position.

“The job Chase Martin did over the last three innings on the mound was huge … I just can’t say enough about the job he did.”

Martin earned the win in three innings of relief. He surrendered three runs — all earned — on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Jensen said the win was a big one.

“We told the guys it was a must-win game, and we found a way to get it done,” he said. “It wasn't always pretty, and we definitely had our moments of struggles, but we got the job done.”

Taylor Harris led Patterson with a 3-for-5 performance with three RBIs, while Spencer Landry finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Other top contributors included Cameron Fontenot, 3-for-5 with three runs; Brennan Gouaux, 2-for-3, an RBI and a run; Dallas Hamlett, 2-for-5, an RBI and three runs; Deondre Skinner, 2-for-5, an RBI and a run; and Bryce Tabor, 1-for-4, two RBIs and a run.

“Offensively, we swung the bat well and put a great deal of pressure on their defense,” Jensen said. “Fortunately for us, they made some errors which allowed us to stretch the lead early.”

Kaplan committed eight errors in the contest, while Patterson had four.

Patterson (4-14 overall, 1-4 in District 9-3A play) will return to action Tuesday when they host Kaplan in district play at 5:30 p.m.

“Tuesday is another must-win game,” Jensen said. “Hopefully, we respond with an even better effort.”

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