Panthers shut out Kaplan, 7-0
From Staff Reports
Berwick High School pitching combined for a four-hitter as the Panthers defeated Kaplan, 7-0, in District 9-3A play Tuesday.
Berwick’s Chris Charpentier earned the win as he pitched three innings of no-hit ball and struck out six.
In four innings of relief, Reed Leonard surrendered four hits, three walks and struck out four.
While Berwick scored seven runs, the Panthers only recorded a single RBI, on a Leonard triple. The Panthers feasted off seven Kaplan errors, however.
The Panthers scored five runs in the bottom of the second for a 5-0 lead and added single runs in the third and fourth.
Brooks Richard led the squad with a 2-for-2 performance, while Bobby Boudreaux finished 1-for-1; Matt Skelton, 1-for-3, and Leonard, 1-for-4.
The Panthers (17-7 overall, 5-2 in district play) will return to action on Thursday when they travel to Kaplan for the second game in the two-game district series.
The Patterson Lumberjacks won their third straight on Tuesday with a 5-1 non-district victory at home against Ellender.
Tied at 1 in the bottom of the third, the ’Jacks took the lead for good with a pair of third-inning runs and added two more in the fifth for the final.
In addition to six ’Jacks’ hits, Patterson benefited from five Ellender errors.
“It was encouraging to see us play sound defense for the (third) game in a row,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said. “It seems that we are a bit more relaxed, and hopefully this is a trend that continues throughout the rest of the season.”
On the mound, Bryce Tabor earned the win. In six innings, he surrendered an earned run on two hits. He walked five and struck out six.
“Bryce threw well and did a good job of pitching out of some jams,” Jensen said.
At the plate, Ryan Wade led the ’Jacks with a 2-for-3 performance, while both Cameron Fontenot and Tabor were 1-for-3 with an RBI. Dallas Hamlett was 1-for-3 with a run, and Spencer Landry was 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.
With the win, the ’Jacks improve to 13-11 overall. The squad will resume District 9-3A play with a 5:30 p.m. matchup at home Friday against Franklin High.
Morgan City splits with
The Morgan City High School Tigers split its two district contests with South Terrebonne in Bourg as it rebounded from a 2-0 defeat on Monday for a 12-6 victory on Tuesday.
A day after being no-hit, the Tigers scored eight runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 6-4 deficit.
“What a difference a day makes,” MCHS coach Marc Gonzales said. “Brennan Scully pitched well enough to win, but Dylan Hymel did a good job in relief to pick up the win. We kept the same approach at the plate, but today we found the holes. We struggled defensively in the bottom of the (sixth) but kept plugging away.”
For the game, the Tigers pounded out 12 hits and overcame four errors.
The MCHS pitching staff limited the Gators to six hits.
Scully pitched five and two-thirds innings and surrendered six runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out two.
In an inning of relief, Hymel surrendered a hit.
At the plate, Ryan Veillion led the Tigers’ with a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles, a run and two RBI, while Nick Gagliano was 3-for-5 with a run and three RBI.
Other MCHS offensive contributors included Buck Gautreaux, 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs; Hymel, 2-for-4, an RBI and two runs; Josh Glatter, 2-for-4, an RBI and a run; Brandon Beadle, 1-for-2, a triple, three RBI; and Brodie Anslum, 1-for-4, an RBI and two runs.
“We are right back in the (district) race and continue to be resilient,” Gonzales said. “We could have folded the tents when we lost the lead in the (sixth), but we've been through this before and found a way to win. We need to take the rest of the district season one game at a time. We have a legitimate shot at the championship but only if we focus on the task at hand, which is preparing for our game Saturday (against Vandebilt).”
In Monday’s game, South Terrebonne pitching held the Tigers’ hitless, and the Gators’ offense scored a single run in the first and sixth innings in a 2-0 victory.
In his no-hit performance, South Terrebonne’s Joshua Trujillo walked one, struck out two and hit a batter in seven innings.
For Morgan City, Anslum pitched six innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked one, hit three batters and struck out eight.
“Both teams were very prepared and hits were very hard to come by,” Gonzales said. “It was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel. Both pitchers did a great job of pounding the strike zone and keeping the hitters on the defensive.”
While Gonzales said his squad hit the ball harder than South Terrebonne, he said they hit the balls right at the South Terrebonne defenders.
“Baseball is a game of inches, and the inches were on South Terrebonne’s side today,” Gonzales said of Monday’s game.
The Tigers’ (11-13, overall, 5-3 in district) will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Houma to face Vandebilt Catholic in a 2 p.m. matchup.
No. 2 VC dominates
No. 2. Vermilion Catholic broke a 1-1 tie with a combined seven runs in the third and fourth innings on its way to a 9-2 District 8-1A victory against CCHS in Abbeville on Tuesday.
After each team put up a run in the first, VC scored two in the third, five more in the fourth and added a single run in the sixth for a 9-1 lead.
CCHS could manage just a single run in the top of the seventh.
CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said his team was sluggish in Tuesday’s game.
“We weren’t the team we have been recently, and that was disappointing,” he said.
The Eagles (12-9, 2-2) will return to action today when they travel to Franklin for a District 8-1A contest with Hanson.
In Tuesday’s loss, Luke Landry and Ridge Rousseau led the Eagles with a 2-for-3 performance, with Landry adding an RBI.
Other CCHS performers included Eriq Blanchard, 2-for-4 with a double and two runs; Nick Case, 1-for-3; and Barron Courtney, an RBI.
The Eagles’ 6 p.m. game with Hanson today will be carried live on KBZE 105.9 FM and KFRA 1390 AM.