Panthers struggle to manufacture runs in loss
BERWICK — Berwick had opportunities, it just couldn’t cash in on enough of them in a 6-4 loss to Riverside Tuesday.
The Panthers left 12 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the third and fifth innings and runners at second and third in the fourth and sixth innings.
Defensively, the Panthers committed four errors.
Riverside held a 2-1 lead after an inning and increased it to 3-1 after two frames.
While Berwick plated a run in the third, Riverside responded with single runs in the top of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings for a 6-2 lead.
Berwick plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh
Anthony Richard and Reed Leonard led the Panthers as Richard finished 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI, while Leonard recorded a 1-for-4 finish with a double and two RBIs.
Other top contributors included Ian Bergeron, Brooks Richard and Nick Osburn, each 2-for-4, with Bergeron and Richard recording doubles.
Nick Duthu suffered the loss for Berwick. In 3.2 innings, he surrendered four runs — two earned — on five hits with two walks, two hit batsmen and three strikeouts.
Berwick (4-4) will return to action Friday when it opens play against Grace King in the Chalmette Tourney, which it also will participate in Saturday.
on the road
The Patterson Lumberjacks picked up their first win of the season with a 5-3 victory at Welsh.
While both teams scored a run in the first inning, Patterson took a brief 2-1 lead in the top of the third.
Welsh responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 lead before Patterson tied the game in the fourth and added the final two runs in the fifth.
“Getting that first win is huge,” Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said. “Hopefully it causes our kids to relax some and just start playing the game up to our abilities.”
Dallas Hamlett and Deondre Skinner each connected on home runs in the win. Hamlett finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run, while Skinner completed the day with a 1-for-3 performance with an RBI and a run.
Other top contributors included Bryce Tabor, 1-for-4, a double and two runs; and Cameron Fontenot, an RBI.
“Offensively, we are striking out too much,” Jensen said. “Thankfully we had the 2 big swings from Deondre and Dallas.”
Spencer Landry earned the win as he tossed seven innings and surrendered three earned runs on seven hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.
“Spencer did a great job and pitched out of some trouble in the early innings and seemed to get stronger as the game went on,” Jensen said.
Patterson (1-5) will return to action Friday when it opens play in the Central Catholic tournament against Vandebilt Catholic at 5:30 p.m.
Morgan City falls to
hot-hitting Belle Chasse
Belle Chasse kept Morgan City’s defense busy Tuesday with a solid hitting performance in a 6-2 victory against the Tigers in Morgan City.
The Cardinals pounded out 12 hits, including five doubles, a triple and two home runs.
“Belle Chasse swung the bats very well tonight,” Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales said. “They found the gaps and hit mistake pitches hard.”
Meanwhile, Morgan City struggled offensively as they were limited to four hits in the loss.
“We fouled off too many mistake pitches,” Gonzales said. “We also need to do a better job of understanding the strike zone. We are swinging at too many bad pitches and hitting the ball in the air way too often.”
While Morgan City and Belle Chasse were tied after an inning of play, the Cardinals plated a run in the third and three more in the fourth for a 5-1 advantage.
Morgan City scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, and Belle Chasse scored its final run in the top of the sixth.
Josh Glatter suffered the loss for Morgan City as he surrendered five runs, all earned, on nine hits with one strikeout in 3.2 innings of work.
In relief for the remainder of the game, Chandler Delaune and Craig Mayon combined to surrender an unearned run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
“Chandler and Craig did a good job in relief and kept the game respectable,” he said.
At the plate for the Tigers, Dylan Hymel finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Buck Gautreaux was 1-for-4 with a double and a run. Grant Perry and Brady Fryou each finished 1-for-3, with Perry recording a double and Fryou, a run.
Morgan City (5-3) will return to action Thursday when it opens play in the Chalmette Tournament against Karr at 5:45 p.m.
Central Catholic squanders
big lead in loss
Normally when eight of nine starters record at least one RBI and you score 13 runs, you should win.
While Central Catholic was winning, at one point 13-5 in the fourth inning, the Eagles could not hold off Comeaux in a 16-13 loss.
“This was one of the worst losses I’ve ever been a part of,” Central Catholic coach Tyler Jensen said. “We were in complete control, and all of a sudden couldn’t throw it over the plate with a 7-run lead. Those types of things shouldn’t happen.”
Central Catholic walked 14 in the contest and committed five errors.
While Central Catholic and Comeaux each scored two runs in the first two innings, Comeaux took a 5-4 advantage after three innings.
In the fourth, however, Central Catholic exploded for nine runs to take a 13-5 lead after four innings and a 13-6 lead after five innings when their pitching began to let them down.
Comeaux scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth and four more in the bottom of the sixth to overcome the deficit.
The Eagles could manufacture no runs in their final at-bat in the top of the seventh.
Jensen said while his squad swung the bat well for the first four innings, they seemed to relax with a substantial lead.
“We stopped doing the little things correctly and became extremely passive,” he said. “I can’t express how disappointing of a loss this was. For four innings, we were a pretty good baseball team.”
Despite the loss, Barron Courtney turned in a solid game with a 4-for-5 performance with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs and four runs, while Bryson Barbier finished 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Other top contributors for the Eagles included Luke Landry, 2-for-5, an RBI; Dominick Guarisco and Samuel Guarisco, each 1-for-4 with an RBI; and Josh Singleton, 1-for-5 with an RBI and three runs.
Barbier suffered the loss for Central Catholic in relief.
“Bryson got the loss only because he inherited a really bad situation,” Jensen said. “He came in and threw strikes after guys before him didn’t. I give him credit for at least giving us a chance by throwing it over the plate.”
Central Catholic will return to action Thursday when it opens play in the Central Catholic baseball tournament against South Terrebonne in the day's final game, set for 7:45 p.m.