Patterson continued its winning ways Tuesday, beating Northside Christian School of Crowley, 9-5.
The Lumberjacks (6-2) raced out to a 9-0 lead behind starting pitcher Cameron Fontenot. Fontenot pitched six scoreless innings and allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out nine.
“Cameron has been very effective all season,” Patterson skipper Ryan Jensen said. “He has been our go-to guy, and we expect that kind of performance out of him every time he goes to the mound.”
PHS opened the scoring in the first inning when Spencer Landry knocked in Jaydrick DeClouet.
Northside Christian starter Joseph Trahan kept ’Jacks batters in check until the fourth when Landry and Fontenot walked to open the inning. Catcher Ryan Wade followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 Patterson lead. Bryce Tabor’s sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 3-0.
“Their starter was pretty good, but I thought it took us too long to start hitting the ball,” Jensen said. “I think my kids took this team lightly, even though I warned them not to, but they’re teenagers. What can I say?”
The ’Jacks chased Trahan in the fifth and then greeted reliever Jordan Monte with six runs for a 9-0 lead.
Patterson brought in relief pitcher Tarrike Phillips in the seventh inning. Phillips walked three straight batters to load the bases before being pulled. Phillips has only been with the team a week after playing basketball.
Jensen replaced Phillips with DeClouet, who struck out the first two batters he faced. But, the standout centerfielder walked the next batter, surrendering a run. NCS scrapped out four more runs before DeClouet fanned Tracy Wildredge to end the game.
DeClouet finished 1-for-3 with a double and two runs.
On the mound, he surrendered two hits, two walks and struck out three in an inning of work.
“I wasn’t worried about giving up a few runs,” Jensen said. “We had a big lead, and those guys need some work; this will help us later. I wanted them to battle their way out of that situation, and they did.”
Patterson was led at the plate by Tabor, who was 1-for-2 with a run, a triple, three RBI and a sacrifice, while Wade also finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Other PHS offensive performers included Micah Gowan, 1-for-3 with two RBI; Dallas Hamlett, 1-for-3; Landry, a run, an RBI and a walk; Chase Martin, a run, a walk and a sacrifice; Cameron Clements, a run and a walk; Fontenot, a walk and hit by a pitch; and Aaron Hazel, two runs.
The Lumberjacks return to action Thursday at 7:45 p.m. against Houma Christian in the Central Catholic Tournament in Amelia.