Central Catholic upset Hanson Memorial, 4-2, in the Eagles’ District 8-1A baseball opener in Amelia on Tuesday.
The Eagles, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A in the latest Louisiana High School Baseball Coaches Association poll, toppled their district rivals from Franklin, ranked eighth in the same poll, behind a four-run fifth inning.
Trailing 1-0, the Eagles put the game away in the fifth with the outburst. The Tigers could muster just a single run in the top of the seventh.
Winning pitcher Bryson Barbier limited the Tigers to two earned runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out five.
“He was absolutely amazing on the mound and was one of the big reasons we won this game,” CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said.
Despite the win, the Eagles only managed four hits and its defense committed two errors.
At the plate, Barron Courtney led the Eagles with a 1-for-3 performance with a double and three RBI, while Austin Autin was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI, Josh Singleton was 1-for-2 with a run, a stolen base and a walk, and Ridge Rousseau was 1-for-2 with a run and a stolen base.
“We battled and battled and finally busted through in the (fifth),” Jensen said. “We got clutch hits, clutch pitches and big defensive plays in some key spots. This was a game we may not have won earlier in the year. We need to continue to get better and keep moving in the right direction."
The Eagles will continue District 8-1A play on Thursday when it hosts Vermilion Catholic, Class 1A’s second-ranked squad, according to the LHSBCA. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Berwick defeats Erath
The Berwick Panthers picked up its first District 9-3A win of the season, a 7-5 win against Erath on the road.
Leading 2-1 in the top of the third, Berwick broke the game open with a four-run outburst in the inning.
Berwick’s Chris Charpentier overcame 11 hits by striking out 11 batters in the victory. In the complete game victory, he also surrendered three walks and five earned runs.
At the plate, Matt Skelton led the Panthers with a 2-for-3 performance with a double and an RBI, while Trey Williams was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Lee Rhodes was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Other Berwick players collecting hits included Ian Bergeron and Charpentier, each 2-for-4, and Reed Leonard and Bobby Boudreaux, each 1-for-4.
Lumberjacks fall to
North Vermilion pulled away from Patterson High School with a five-run fourth inning.
Trailing the ’Jacks 5-4, North Vermilion pushed across five runs in its half of the fourth.
While the ’Jacks pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth, North Vermilion pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the final score.
“We just aren’t getting the job done defensively,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said. “That’s the bottom line. We gave them multiple unearned opportunities, and they took advantage of them. You have to credit them for making the most of every mistake we made.”
At the plate, Spencer Landry led the ’Jacks with a 2-for-5 performance with a double, two RBI and a run, while Cameron Fontenot was 3-for-4 with two runs.
Other PHS hitters included Ryan Wade, 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run; Dallas Hamlett and Bryce Tabor, both 1-for-4 with a run; and Cameron Clements and Micah Gowan, an RBI each.
“I thought we were better offensively but just weren’t able to get the clutch hit we needed,” Jensen said. “We left the bases loaded in the first and third innings, when we really had a chance to distance ourselves. We, as coaches and players, just need to make a stronger commitment to the defensive aspect of the game and learn to finish off innings, at-bats and ballgames. It’s not good enough to just be in position to win. At some point we have to start winning these games on a consistent basis.”
On the mound, Tabor pitched three and two-thirds innings and surrendered nine runs (six earned) on eight hits. He walked three and struck out four.
In relief, Taurick Phillips pitched one and a third innings and surrendered an unearned run, walked three and struck out one.
The Lumberjacks (10-6) will return to action Thursday when they host North Vermilion. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.
“We very much look forward to the opportunity to play them again Thursday and prove ourselves to be better than today,” Jensen said.
MCHS falls in
The Morgan City High School Fighting Tigers fell 7-3 to Ellender in the Tigers’ District 8-4A home opener.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers took the lead after they plated three runs.
Ellender regained the lead for good with a five-run outburst, highlighted by a grand slam by Ellender pitcher Gibby Talbot.
“We got a quality start (on the mound from Dylan Hymel) again today,” MCHS coach Marc Gonzales said. “We have had 3 consecutive quality starts; unfortunately so have the other teams that we have faced. We need to make adjustments earlier in the game. Ellender’s pitcher was up in the zone, and we continued to chase. The inning we didn’t chase, we scored three runs.”
Relief pitcher Brodie Anslum took the loss.
At the plate, Brandon Beadle had a two-RBI single, while Josh Glatter and Nick Spinella had a double apiece. Anslum, Hymel and Nick Gagliano each had singles for the Tigers.
“Our guys are playing hard and continuing to fight,” Gonzales said. “We need to find a way to get through the (seventh) inning. This is the third consecutive loss while having the lead in the seventh. It’s frustrating for our team, but we need to keep plugging away and find a way through this.”