Berwick High School's Maddie Carline applies a tag as a Mamou runner gets back to base safely during Saturday's Class 3A quarterfinal contest in Berwick. Berwick fell 14-4. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Big Mamou 4th inning dooms Berwick in loss
Mamou only had four more hits than Berwick in the teams’ Class 3A quarterfinal contest in Berwick Saturday.
However, the Lady Demons made the most of their’s en route to a 14-4 victory to give the school its first trip to the Class 3A semifinals.
Mamou pulled away using a big fourth inning in which the team scored six runs on six hits to turn a 4-3 advantage into a 10-3 lead.
Meanwhile, Berwick, which tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the second and trailed just 4-3 heading into the top of the fourth, left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first and runners in scoring position in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings.
“That was a good ball club, but they saw a good ball club,” Berwick High School Coach Joe Russo said. “We just didn’t get the breaks today.”
In the top of the fourth with two outs, Emily Soileau doubled to the left field wall before Madison Fontenot followed with a single to right field on which a run scored.
After an intentional walk to pitcher Dacia Richard, who already had homered earlier in the game, Taylor Douget tripled to right field, scoring two more runs for a 7-3 lead.
Terranie Thomas then followed with a run-scoring single before Terraline Fontenot concluded the frame with a home run over the fence in left-centerfield for a 10-3 advantage.
While Mamou had its big inning on offense, Richard retired 13 of the final 18 batters she faced, with three of those reaching in the bottom of the seventh.
After Mamou extended its lead to as much as 14-3 in the top of the seventh after a run scored on an error and another on a groundout, Berwick loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and a run came home on a wild pitch.
Russo said he was most proud of his team scoring in its final at-bat, saying it shows the type of players he has.
“They don’t quit, and I’m very proud of them for that,” he said.
Early on, Mamou took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Richard connected on a three-run home run over the centerfield wall.
While Berwick loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, with one out, Richard recorded consecutive outs to escape any harm.
In the bottom of the second, Anna Vaccarella led off the inning with a double to right field before Hannah Beadle walked and Maci Broussard reached on a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out.
After Alyssa Gray grounded into a fielder’s choice, and Mamou got Vaccarella out at home on the play, Mikah Ortiz connected on a two-RBI single to cut Berwick’s deficit to 3-2.
Maddie Carline followed with a walk to again load the bases before Bronwyn Colbert singled over a leaping attempt at a catch by Mamou’s shortstop to tie the game at 3.
Mamou retook the lead in the top of the third when Thomas singled to right field with two outs.
Douget led the Mamou offense with a 3-for-5 performance with a double, a triple, four RBIs and a run. Other top Mamou offensive contributors were Richard, 1-for-2 with a home run, four RBIs and a run; Terraline Fontenot, 1-for-4, a home run, two RBIs and a run; Thomas, 2-for-4, two RBIs and a run; Angel Menier, 2-for-5, a double, two runs; Soileau, 1-for-4, a double and three runs; and Madison Fontenot, 1-for-4, an RBI and three runs.
Richard earned the win. In seven innings, she surrendered four runs (three earned) on eight hits with five walks, two hit batters and seven strikeouts.
Colbert suffered the loss. In 3.2 innings, she surrendered 10 runs (10 earned) on nine hits with five walks and one strikeout.
Offensively, Ortiz led Berwick with a 2-for-3 performance with a double and two RBIs. Other top Berwick offensive contributors were Colbert, 1-for-3 with an RBI; Vaccarella, 1-for-4, a double; and Broussard, 2-for-4, a run.
Berwick will say goodbye to four seniors, Gray, Carline, Broussard and Morgan Toups, who led the team to the quarterfinals for the first time in nearly 10 years.
While he said he knows his seniors were down after the quarterfinal loss, he said he had nothing but positive things to say about them.
“They stuck it out, and they came and gave 100 percent every day,” Russo said.