Berwick wins; plays today

From Staff Report

Berwick used solid pitching and timely hitting to run-rule Port Barre, 14-4, in Class 3A bi-district playoff action Wednesday at BHS.

With the win, the 16th-seeded Lady Panthers move to face top-ranked Parkview Baptist today at 3:30 in Baton Rouge. BHS upset Parkview last season in the regional round of the playoffs.

“We played pretty well today, so hopefully we can carry that momentum into tomorrow’s game,” Berwick’s longtime head coach Lloyd Burchfield said after Wednesday’s game. “We have to have this game played by Saturday, so why not get it done ASAP?”

Inclement weather postponed several games early this week, including the BHS-Port Barre matchup, and storms are expected again later in the week.

Berwick scored in every inning Wednesday, including five runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to end the game.

“This was probably our best offensive performance this season,” Burchfield said. “We got big hits when we needed it and we were aggressive on the base path.”

Berwick also got a complete game from senior Megan Fegenbush. In five innings, she surrendered four runs on eight hits. She walked two and struck out one to improve to 14-12 overall.

“Meg is a cool customer,” Burchfield said. “She really worked the corners and kept the hitters off balance. She has been big for us all season.”

Port Barre (13-9) had one big inning against Fegenbush. The Lady Red Devils scored three runs in the third inning when Alison Deville cleared the bases with a triple. The Lady Panthers, however, turned an inning-ending double play to end the threat.

Berwick’s top hitters were Abigail Ohlin, 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run; Fegenbush, 2-for-4, an RBI and two runs; Amber Girard, 2-for-4, two runs; Elizabeth Hover, 2-for-4, a run; Hayley Girard, 1-for-1, an RBI and three runs; Alexis Kates, 1-for-4, three runs and an RBI; Celeste Bowers, 1-for-4, an RBI and a run; and Maddie Gray, 1-for-2, an RBI.

In Parkview Baptist’s first-round playoff win, a 10-0 victory against No. 32 North DeSoto on Monday, Brooklyn Guillot tossed a no-hitter.

Guillot (17-4) struck out the first eight batters. She now has 228 on the season.

In Parkview (25-5), Burchfield said his squad would face a team that can hit the ball and a pitcher who averages double-digit strikeouts in a game and has improved from 2011.

“It’s going to be a real test today, but we’re excited about it,” Burchfield said.

During Berwick’s 2011 run to the Class 3A state semifinals, Berwick, then a No. 19 seed who entered the contest with a losing record, upset then No. 3 Parkview Baptist in Berwick, 5-2.

Whether or not the Lady Panthers caught the Lady Eagles off guard in 2011, Burchfield doesn’t expect that this years, especially since their coach, Ashlee Ducote was at Wednesday’s game.

“We probably did sneak up on them last year,” Burchfield said. “It’s not going to be (any) sneaking up on them today. They’re going to come out with all their guns loaded.”

Berwick already has faced some Class 3A’s top competition in the regular season, in non-district foe, Brusly, the Class 3A’s No. 2 seed, who Berwick split with during the regular season. The Lady Panthers also lost to No. 5 Kaplan, a District 9-3A foe, twice this season, but the first matchup was a 9-8 Berwick defeat.

To win today’s game, Burchfield said his squad must keep up with Parkview offensively and keep the number of unearned runs down and eliminate them if possible.

“We just need to make the plays,” Burchfield said this morning. “When you don’t give runs away, you’re usually going to be right there (in line for a victory) at the end, and that’s what happened yesterday.”

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