'Jacks beat Abbeville for 3rd straight win
PATTERSON — The Patterson Lumberjacks picked up their third consecutive win Thursday with a 9-5 victory against Abbeville.
The win was the Lumberjacks’ third straight after sweeping Kaplan in its season series.
Despite the win, though, Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said he didn’t like his squad’s effort and focus.
“But we still found a way to win,” he said. “At the point we are at, wins are a must, so we are glad to escape with the ‘W.’”
Jake Lagrange earned the win on the mound in relief of starter Deondre Skinner. In 3.2 innings, Lagrange scattered a hit and struck out five.
“I thought Jake Lagrange was fantastic on the mound,” Jensen said. “He had his best outing of the season and maybe the best of anyone on our staff this year. We really needed that from him tonight, and hopefully he continues to throw like that.”
While Patterson took as much as a 6-1 lead after two innings, Abbeville climbed its way back into the ballgame with a three-run third inning and another run in the fourth to trim their deficit to 6-5 after four innings.
However, Patterson plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give them some cushion.
Skinner started the game, and in 3.1 innings of work, he surrendered five runs — three earned — on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The ’Jacks limited Abbeville to six hits, while the Wildcats committed nine errors. Patterson had seven hits.
Bryce Tabor led Patterson at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with a double, an RBI and two runs, while Taylor Harris finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Other top contributors included Brennan Gouaux, 1-for-3, with an RBI and a run, and Dallas Hamlett, 1-for-4, an RBI and a run.
Patterson (6-14 overall, 3-4 in district) will return to action Saturday when they face Abbeville at 11 a.m.
The Central Catholic Eagles remained undefeated in District 8-1A play Thursday with a 10-4 win against Hanson in Franklin.
No individual statistics were available today.
The Eagles (13-7 overall, 5-0 district) will return to action today when they host Ascension Catholic.
Berwick fell to Vandebilt Catholic on the road Thursday, 7-3.
The Panthers were limited to four hits and committed four errors.
Berwick took its only lead of the game in the top of the first inning when it plated a run.
Vandebilt responded with two in the second and two more in the fourth for a 4-1 advantage.
While Berwick cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, Vandebilt responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Nick Duthu suffered the loss for the Panthers as he surrendered seven runs — two earned — on eight hits with four walks, one hit by pitch and struck out four in five innings of work.
Duthu finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Reed Leonard finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and Brooks Richard drove one runner in.
Berwick (11-10) will return to action Saturday when it hosts Vandebilt Catholic at home in an 11 a.m. contest.