The Patterson Lumberjacks went 1-1 in the Central Catholic Tournament this weekend as it dropped a 4-3 decision to Vandebilt Catholic before rebounding with a 7-6, eight-inning victory against Northlake Christian.
Against Vandebilt, the Terriers rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two runs in the sixth and another in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
“This was a really tough loss,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said. “I felt we played at a pretty high level and should have won. They put together a few key hits and unfortunately we just couldn’t muster enough offense in the later innings.”
Spencer Landry led the ’Jacks with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with three doubles and two runs; Cameron Clements was 2-for-3; Ryan Wade had a run, an RBI and a stolen base; and Bryce Tabor was 1-for-3.
On the mound, Tabor pitched six and two-thirds innings and surrendered four runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks while striking out three.
“Bryce once again threw really well and pitched us into a position to win,” Jensen said. “These one-run losses are tough to swallow, but it is preparing us to play in those type of situations in district and into the playoffs.”
Against Northlake, the Lumberjacks blew a 5-0 lead and had to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning for the victory on Landry’s game-winning hit.
“I was very proud of the way the guys rallied in the bottom of the (eighth) and found ways to get on base to lead to Spencer’s game-winning hit,” Jensen said. “Spencer has proven to be a clutch player for us this year and it was great to see things play out the way they did. That was a big win for this program moving forward.”
Heading into Saturday night’s game, Jensen said he was concerned how his team would respond coming off a walk-off loss to Vandebilt that morning.
“I would say we responded about as well as anyone could,” Jensen said.
Cameron Fontenot led the ’Jacks with a 1-for-3 performance with a grand slam, four RBI, a run and was hit by a pitch.
Other PHS offensive performers included Landry, 1-for-4 with a run, two RBI and a walk; Jaydrick DeClouet, 1-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a walk; Dallas Hamlett, 1-for-2 with two runs, a walk and hit by a pitch; Chase Martin, 1-for-3 with a run; Wade, 1-for-3 with a walk; and Tabor, a walk, a stolen base and two sacrifices.
On the mound, Fontenot pitched four and two-third innings and surrendered five unearned runs on two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Deondre Skinner pitched two and a third innings of relief and surrendered one hit, a walk and struck out three.
Clements got the win in relief as he pitched an inning and surrendered one earned run on three hits and struck out one.
“Cameron Fontenot gave us a huge momentum boost with a grand slam in the third and pitched well in his 4.2 innings of work,” Jensen said. “Deondre Skinner was fantastic in relief and really kept us in it when they made their push at the end.”
The ’Jacks (8-3) will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to face White Castle in a 3:30 p.m. game.
Berwick finishes 2-1
in weekend action
The Berwick Panthers finished 2-1 in the Chalmette Tournament this weekend as the squad fell in its opener to Mandeville, 2-0, before responding with a 9-2 victory against De LaSalle and a 5-2 victory against John Ehret.
Against Mandeville, the Skippers scored both of its runs in the top of the fifth.
Berwick pitching limited Mandeville to two runs on four hits, while the Berwick offense was limited to just two hits.
Chris Charpentier suffered the loss for Berwick. In five innings, he surrendered two earned runs on four hits with two walks and struck out seven.
In an inning of relief, Brannon Melancon struck out two.
At the plate, Ian Bergeron finished 2-for-3 with two singles.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Panthers.
The Berwick squad rebounded quickly with two wins on Saturday.
Against De LaSalle, the Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after four innings en route to the victory.
Berwick pitching limited De LaSalle to one hit in the victory.
Reed Leonard earned the win. In five innings, he threw a no-hitter while surrendering two runs (one earned) with five walks and struck out 11.
Drew Landry pitched an inning and surrendered one hit, walked three and struck out two for Berwick, while Brooks Richard also pitched an inning and struck out two.
Leonard led the Panthers at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance with an RBI, while Trey Williams added a 1-for-3 performance with two RBI.
Others collecting hits for Berwick included Bergeron, 3-for-4; Anthony Richard, 1-for-3 with an RBI; and Charpentier, 1-for-4.
In its tournament finale against John Ehret, the Panthers scored a combined five unanswered runs in the first two innings after surrendering two in the top of the first.
Nick Duthu earned the win for the Panthers as he surrendered two earned runs on four hits with four walks and struck out two.
Melancon also pitched two and one-third innings and surrendered one hit and struck out four.
At the plate, Leonard led Berwick with a 2-for-3 performance with a double; while Bergeron also was 2-for-3.
Others collecting hits for Berwick included Duthu, 1-for-2 with a double and Lee Rhodes, Williams, Matt Skelton, Nick Osburn and B. Richard, all 1-for-3.
The Panthers (10-2) will return to action at home on Tuesday when it hosts St. Amant. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
Morgan City goes 2-1
in Chalmette Tourney
The Morgan City High School Fighting Tigers finished 2-1 in the Chalmette Tourney.
The Tigers fell in their tournament opener to Mandeville, 10-0, on Thursday before responding with a 1-0 victory against John Ehret on Saturday and concluded the tournament with a 6-2 victory against De LaSalle.
Against Mandeville, Dylan Hymel suffered the loss but finished 1-for-1 with a double and a walk at the plate.
Brandon Beadle finished 1-for-2 in the defeat.
“We did not finish any double play opportunities, walked too many hitters and didn’t execute our situational hitting opportunities,” MCHS coach Marc Gonzales said. “That combination of things will not lead to good results.”
On Saturday against John Ehret, the Tigers scored the game’s lone run in the top of the second as both teams were limited to four hits apiece.
Brodie Anslum earned the win for Morgan City. In seven innings, he surrendered six walks and struck out seven.
At the plate, Beadle finished 2-for-3 with a run, while Ryan Veillion finished 1-for-3, Josh Glatter finished 1-for-2 and Adeyemi Wheeler recorded an RBI.
“We pitched extremely well and played excellent defense,” Gonzales said. “Our seniors really stepped up today and led our team. Everybody played well. Some young guys filled in nicely and the enthusiasm in the dugout was tremendous. It was a total team effort.”
In its tournament finale, the Tigers scored runs in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings in the victory.
Buck Gauthreaux led the Tigers with a 3-for-4 performance with three runs, while Brennan Scully added a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI and a run.
Other MCHS players collecting hits included Beadle, 2-for-3 with an RBI; Nick Gagliano, 1-for-2 with an RBI; Brennan Ashley, 1-for-1 with an RBI; and Glatter, 1-for-3 with a run.
On the mound, Scully earned the win. In seven innings, he surrendered two earned runs on seven hits with seven walks and struck out seven.
“Brennan Scully battled on the mound,” Gonzales said. “He got into several deep counts, but he never backed down. Our defense was solid again. We picked off a runner at second in the third inning when we really needed it and offensively, we were better with our situational hitting. We played really well in these two games, the best we’ve played all year. We finally put all three phases of the game together, and we are still not where we need to be. We can get better and need to get better, but after tonight, we are heading in the right direction.”
CCHS finishes 1-1
in its tournament
The Central Catholic Eagles finished its tournament with a 1-1 recorded during the weekend.
The Eagles fell on Friday to Northlake Christian, 12-5, but rebounded to defeat Houma Christian, 13-3, in five innings in the tournament’s final game.
In its Friday night matchup, Northlake scored a combined 11 runs in the second through fourth innings, while CCHS scored two runs in the bottom of the third, added a single run in the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth.
“Our mindset from the beginning was not very good,” CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said. “We didn't play too well, and you have to credit Northlake Christian for coming out and swinging the bat well. I just hope we turn the corner soon with district around the corner.”
At the plate, Barron Courtney led CCHS with a 2-for-4 performance with two doubles and an RBI, while Eriq Blanchard finished 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Other CCHS offensive performers included Bryson Barbier, 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI; Nick Case, 1-for-4 with a run and a double; Luke Landry, 1-for-4 with a double; Ridge Rousseau, 1-for-3; Austin Autin, two runs and three walks; and Josh Singleton, a run and a walk.
On the mound, Blanchard pitched two innings and surrendered six runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts, while Nicholas Longman surrendered five earned runs on six hits and struck out two in one and two-third innings.
Tyler Hoffpauir also pitched three and one-third innings and surrendered one earned run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Against Houma Christian, the Eagles scored in every inning and pounded out 14 hits in the victory.
Landry led the CCHS offense with a 3-for-4 performance in which he was just a homer away from hitting for the cycle. The CCHS junior connected on a single, a double and a triple, scored a run and knocked in two RBI.
Other CCHS offensive performers included Autin, 3-for-3 with a run and hit by a pitch; Blanchard, 1-for-3 with three runs, two RBI, hit by a pitch and two stolen bases; Barbier, 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI; Case, 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI; Courtney, 1-for-4 with two RBI; Rousseau, a hit, a run, an RBI and a walk; Singleton, 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base; Samuel Guarisco, a hit; Dominick Guarisco, a walk and hit by a pitch; and Hoffpauir, two runs and a stolen base.
On the mound, Autin earned the win for CCHS. In five innings, he surrendered three runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and struck out five.
“I want to give credit to our guys for coming out and being aggressive at the plate,” Jensen said. “I thought we played well for the most part. Austin Autin had another solid outing. I also want to thank everyone who helped make the tourney a success.”