Lady Panthers fall to Crowley on the road

Staff Report

CROWLEY — The No. 9 seed Berwick Lady Panthers’ season ended Friday with a tough 7-4 loss to No. 8 seed Crowley.

While Berwick fell behind 4-0 after four innings, the Lady Panthers responded with all four of their runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 4.

However, Crowley responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and another in the bottom of the sixth.

Berwick mustered just six hits, all singles, and committed three errors.

Crowley, conversely, had 10 hits and no errors.

“We didn’t play well overall,” Berwick coach Lloyd Burchfield said this morning. “They didn’t make any errors. That’s what you got to do in the playoffs. … Our errors led to a few runs.”

While Burchfield said his squad needed to pound the softball to make up for any mistakes his pitchers made, he said the Lady Panthers haven’t been able to do so since a 12-11 win against Catholic High of New Iberia late in the regular season.

“Crowley just beat us,” he said. “They were the better team than us. They hit three home runs. That’s telling me we left too many balls over the plate for them to hit.”

Abigail Ohlin finished 2-for-4 for Berwick, while Megan Fabre finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Other top hitters for the Lady Panthers included Alexis Kates, 1-for-2; and Shannon Theriot and Elizabeth Hover, each 1-for-4.

Shelby Bergeron took the loss in relief of starter Rennen DeLatte.

“I was hoping for a little more,” Burchfield said of the season. “I really wanted to go to Sulphur with these six seniors. They’ve been through a lot and shown a lot of loyalty to the program. … It’s a little disappointing that we didn’t make it.”

Burchfield commended his seniors as “six girls that gave a lot to our program. They were able to last all four years. … We got some big holes to fill.”

Berwick concludes its season with an 18-10 mark.

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