Berwick rolls; records 4th double-digit strikeout game in a week
From Staff Reports
Saturday’s finale in the Berwick Panther Classic may have been the championship matchup, but it was anything but competitive.
The Berwick Panthers (7-1) exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and added nine more in the fourth for a 19-0 victory against Class 5A Chalmette High School.
Nick Duthu led the Panthers on the mound, recording the Panthers’ fourth double-digit strikeout performance in four games this week as he struck out 14 in the five-inning, run-rule victory.
He joined fellow BHS pitchers Chris Charpentier (17 strikeouts) on Tuesday against Thibodaux, Brannon Melancon (13 strikeouts) on Thursday against Assumption in the opening round of the Panther Classic, as well as four Panther pitchers, who combined for 10 strikeouts in an 11-5 win against Ellender on Friday.
In Saturday’s championship game, Duthu also tossed a one-hitter — surrendering the lone base hit in the top of the fifth inning — and walked four.
At the plate, Duthu finished 1-for-4 with a grand slam and four RBI.
Other BHS offensive standouts included Trey Williams, 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and an RBI; Matt Skelton, 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI; Charpentier, 2-for-4 with two RBI; Nick Osburn, Reed Leonard and Anthony Richard, all 1-for-1 with an RBI; Brooks Richard, 2-for-4; Melancon, 1-for-1 with a double; and Ian Bergeron and Drew Landry, each 1-for-1.
On Friday, Landry, Duthu, Leonard and Williams combined to surrender four hits and strikeout 10 in Berwick’s win against Ellender.
Landry earned the win with four innings of work. He surrendered five runs (four earned) on four hits, walked four and struck out four.
The Panthers received an inning of work from Duthu who struck out two batters, Leonard who struck out one batter, and Williams, who struck out three batters.
At the plate, Charpentier led Berwick with a 2-for-2 performance and three RBI, while Williams was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Other BHS contributors included Lee Rhodes, 2-for-3 with an RBI; Bergeron and Richard, each 1-for-3 with an RBI; Bobby Boudreaux, 1-for-4 with an RBI; and Leonard, 1-for-4.
Berwick will return to action Tuesday when they travel to face Riverside High School at 3:30 p.m.
CCHS was perfect
The Central Catholic Eagles responded from a loss to Carencro on Thursday with a 9-2 win against Breaux Bridge and a 9-4 victory against Terrebonne, both on Saturday.
Against Breaux Bridge, Nick Longman pitched a complete game and surrendered two earned runs on six hits with three walks and struck out two.
“Nick Longman was great on the mound for us,” CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said. He … forced them to hit many weak fly balls. We made routine plays and did all the little things defensively that it took to win.”
At the plate, Josh Singleton led the Eagles with a 2-for-4 performance with a run, while Tyler Hoffpauir finished 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI.
Other CCHS offensive contributors included Luke Landry, 1-for-2 with three runs; Dominick Guarisco, 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI; Eriq Blanchard, 1-for-3 with two runs; Barron Courtney and Justin Arceneaux, 1-for-4 with an RBI; Austin Autin, 1-for-3; and Bryson Barbier, two RBI.
“This was probably one of our better games offensively, because we got timely hits and had guys step up,” Jensen said. “It was nice to see us rebound from Thursday and get a dominant win against a quality 4A opponent.”
Against Terrebonne, Blanchard tossed a complete game and surrendered four earned runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
“Eriq Blanchard was his normal solid self, filling up the strike zone,” Jensen said. “He trusted his defense and allowed us to make the plays behind him.”
At the plate, Hoffpauir led the Eagles with a 3-for-4 performance with four RBI and a run, while Singleton added a 3-for-4 outing with two RBI and a run; and Blanchard finished 3-for-4 with a run.
Other CCHS offensive contributors included Landry, 1-for-4 with two RBI; Ridge Rousseau, 1-for-3 with a run; Autin, 1-for-4 with a run; and Barbier, an RBI and a run.
“We continued to get better at the plate, taking an aggressive mindset up there,” Jensen said. “We got better today (Saturday) overall and beat two solid baseball teams. I'm hoping this opens our guys’ eyes a little bit and helps them realize just how good we can be. I also want to give credit to Tyler Hoffpauir for taking advantage of an opportunity he received and making the most out of it. He really had a big day at the plate."
The Eagles (4-3) will return to action Tuesday when they host Comeaux in a 6 p.m. matchup in Amelia.
Morgan City goes 1-1
in Panther Classic
The Morgan City Fighting Tigers went 1-1 this weekend in the Berwick Panther Classic with a 16-3 win against Ellender and an 8-4 loss to tournament runner-up, Chalmette.
In Friday’s win against District 8-4A foe Ellender, the Tigers jumped out to a 12-1 lead after two innings en route to the five-inning victory.
Ryan Veillion led the Tigers with a 2-for-2 performance with a run and three RBI, while Brandon Beadle went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI.
Other MCHS hitters included Brennan Scully, 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBI; Dylan Hymel, 3-for-4 with three runs; Buck Gautreaux, 2-for-4 with two runs; Josh Glatter, 1-for-2 with an RBI; Brennan Ashley, 1-for-2 with a run; and Nick Gagliano, four runs.
On the mound, Veillion surrendered two earned runs in three innings of work as well as four hits and one walk. He also struck out five.
In two innings of relief, Nick Spinella surrendered an earned run on a hit with a walk and three strikeouts.
Against Chalmette on Saturday, the Tigers could not recover from as much as a six-run lead in the loss.
At the plate, Scully led MCHS with a 2-for-4 performance.
Other MCHS contributors included Gautreaux, 1-for-3 with two runs; Glatter, 1-for-3 with a run; Brodie Anslum, 1-for-4; and Ashley, 1-for-2.
Hymel suffered the loss on the mound, surrendering eight earned runs in six innings of work as well as four hits and five walks. He also struck out six.
Morgan City (3-5) will return to action Tuesday when they travel to meet former district foe Belle Chasse. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Patterson splits weekend
games in Franklin
The Patterson Lumberjacks split its weekend games in the Hanson Memorial Tournament on Saturday, defeating Ascension Episcopal, 14-2, before falling to Loreauville, 3-2.
Against Ascension Episcopal, the ’Jacks (5-2) jumped out to an 8-0 lead following the top of the fourth inning before Ascension Episcopal scored its lone two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth.
“This was probably our most complete game of the season,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said. “We jumped on them early and never let up.”
At the plate, Cameron Fontenot led the ’Jacks with a 4-for-5 performance with two doubles, three RBI and a run.
Other PHS offensive leaders included Spencer Landry, 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk; Jaydrick DeClouet, 2-for-5 with three runs and three stolen bases; Micah Gowan, 1-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, a walk, and hit by a pitch; Dallas Hamlett, 2-for-4 with a run; Ryan Wade, a hit, a walk and an RBI; Cameron Clements, two RBI; Aaron Hazel, three runs and three stolen bases; Bryce Tabor, a run and two walks; and Blaine Laubach, two runs and a stolen base.
“We swung the bat well and received positive production from virtually everyone,” Jensen said.
On the mound, Landry pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits with a walk and struck out three.
“Spencer did a great job on the mound and was efficient in his pitch count and was able to go all seven innings, which was a big bonus for us,” Jensen said.
Against Loreauville, the ’Jacks couldn’t recover from a three-run Loreauville outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning as they fell to the Tigers, 3-2.
“This was a good baseball game that unfortunately we just couldn’t make the necessary plays to win,” Jensen said. “We had little to no success offensively but still found ourselves with a chance to take the lead or tie the game in the sixth but fell victim to a very questionable call by the base umpire. We also had a great opportunity in the seventh, but we just couldn’t get the job done on the bases and at the plate.”
DeClouet led Patterson at the plate with a 1-for-3 performance with a run and a double. Landry also finished 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base and Blaine Laubach recorded a run and a stolen base.
“We failed to execute some things (bunts) that I think should be a mainstay of our team, which eventually led to our demise,” Jensen said. “We, as coaches, need to spend some more time with the guys focusing on these things so that they will be better prepared to execute in crucial situations.”
On the mound, Gowan pitched five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
“Micah Gowan gave us everything we wanted from him, and he deserved to get the win,” Jensen said. “He battled and gave us every opportunity to win, but we just never got going at the plate.”
Also, Clements pitched an inning, walking one and fanned three.
“It just wasn’t our night,” Jensen said of the loss. “I'm glad we were in this type of situation. Hopefully we use this failure to learn for the future so that the result will be different in other similar contests.”
Patterson will return to action Tuesday when they host Northside Christian at 5 p.m.