Berwick ousts Jewel Sumner

By CORWIN MURRAY

BERWICK — Berwick’s bats were silent until the sixth inning when the Lady Panthers erupted for three runs to overtake Jewel Sumner, 3-1, in Class 3A bi-district playoff action Tuesday.

Sumner pitcher Kristie Sanchez kept BHS’ bats at bay with a good change up. The Lady Panthers had just four hits heading into the sixth inning.

“I got a little bit of an incorrect scouting report on their pitcher,” longtime Berwick coach Lloyd Burchfield said. “She was way slower and bent the ball more than I was told. It took us a while to make the adjustment.”

The Cowgirls, the No. 24 seed, took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after a Lady Panthers’ throwing error.

In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Berwick’s Abigail Ohlin lined a triple to left-centerfield. Megan Fabre followed with a double off the centerfield wall to score Ohlin and tie the game at 1.

Fabre stole second base before Shelby Bergeron doubled to score her. The Lady Panthers added another run before the big inning closed to take a 3-1 lead into the seventh.

“Abby Ohlin had a huge day today,” Burchfield said. “She was on base every time I believe, and she’s signing with LSU-E tomorrow and that’s a tremendous thing for Abigail … Then Megan gets that double off the wall, but it’s not like we pounded the ball tonight but we finally got some timely hits.”

The leading hitters for Berwick were Ohlin, 2-for-2, a triple, two stolen bases and a run; Fabre, 1-for-3, a double, an RBI and a run; Bergeron, 1-for-3, a double, an RBI and a run; Alexis Kates, a single and an RBI; and Hayley Girard, Olivia Gilbert and Celeste Bowers, each a single.

Berwick starter Bergeron also had a strong performance in the circle.

“Shelby did a great job for us,” Burchfield said. “The one run she gave up was unearned, so she was really on her spots and she changed speeds very well.”

Ninth-seeded Berwick (18-9) will travel to face eighth-seed Crowley (25-6) in regional play Friday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Crowley beat No. 25 seed Livonia, 10-0, in the first round.

“I told the team sometimes these games are the hardest games to win,” Burchfield said of Tuesday’s victory. “When you face a pitcher like that, you have to be glad you found a way to win, and that’s what we did today. It’s a good win for us and we look forward to playing Crowley.”

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