The second District 9-3A meeting between Berwick and Patterson High School required no extra inning heroics as the Berwick Panthers dispatched their nearby foes, 4-1, in seven innings.
The Panthers (15-5, 4-0 in district play) scored two runs each in the third and fourth innings, while the ’Jacks scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the loss in Patterson.
The game greatly contrasted the Panthers’ come-from-behind victory Saturday when the Panthers rallied from a 10-3 deficit to take an 11-10 victory in extra innings against Patterson on Nick Duthu’s single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
On Tuesday, though, Duthu got the win, this time on the mound. In seven innings, he surrendered one earned run on three hits and hit a batter while fanning six batters.
Duthu also led the Panthers at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs, while Reed Leonard and Ian Bergeron each finished 1-for-3.
In the losing effort, Fontenot also pitched a complete game and surrendered four runs (two earned) on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He also hit one Panther batter.
“(It was) a great pitching performance by Fontenot and Duthu,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said. “Both guys really shut the other team down. The game was decided defensively and they made (zero) errors and we made (four) ... end of story. It’s a reoccurring theme through the past (two) weeks.”
The Panthers managed just four hits in the victory, while the ’Jacks managed three.
Taurick Phillips led the ’Jacks with a 1-for-2 performance with a double, while Dallas Hamlett and Spencer Landry each finished 1-for-3, with Hamlett contributing a triple; and Cameron Clements recorded an RBI.
The Panthers (15-5 overall, 4-0 in district play) will return to the diamond Thursday when they travel to North Vermilion for another District 9-3A matchup. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
The ’Jacks (10-9 overall and 0-4 in district play) will resume district play when they host Kaplan today at 5:30 p.m.
“It’s time for us to go back to that fearless, confident team that we were at the beginning of the season,” Jensen said. “It’s the only way we will enjoy success again. Its time for a winning streak.”
Tigers pick up
The Morgan City Tigers started out strong and finished equally as impressive Tuesday in an 11-4 District 8-4A victory against Assumption on the road.
The Tigers scored four runs in the first and three more in the second for a commanding 7-0 lead.
While the Mustangs cut into the MCHS lead with a run in the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers’ Brodie Anslum would allow no more runs. The Tigers’ offense put up four more runs in the top of the seventh to ice the victory. In the victory, the Tigers pounded out 16 hits.
Dylan Hymel led the Tigers at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance with a run, while Brennan Scully added a 3-for-4 performance with an RBI and a run. Buck Gautreaux also collected three hits, drove in one and scored two runs.
Other MCHS players collecting hits included Nicholas Spinella, 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run; Anslum, 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run; Nick Gagliano, 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run; Brandon Beadle, 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run; Josh Glatter, 1-for-4 with a run; and Grant Perry, 1-for-1 with a run.
In the complete game performance, Anslum surrendered four runs (three earned) on 11 hits. He walked three and struck out four.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-12 overall and 2-2 in district play. The Tigers will return to action Saturday when they travel to Franklin to face Hanson Memorial in a non-district matchup. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
CCHS falls to Central High School
The Central Catholic Eagles left seven runners on base, including six in scoring position in a 2-0 loss to Class 5A Central High School on the road Tuesday.
Despite the loss, CCHS’ Austin Autin threw a two-hitter. In six innings, he surrendered two runs (one earned), walked three and struck out three.
“Austin Autin had his best outing of the season,” CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said. “He kept us in the game and actually dominated.”
The game is the second consecutive one in which the Eagles have received a solid pitching performance but have failed to come through at the plate. In Friday’s loss to Vermilion Catholic, Nick Longman pitched nearly a complete game and surrendered three hits while striking out 10 in a 2-0 loss to Vermilion Catholic.
“It’s a shame Nick Longman and Austin Autin have gotten the loss with efforts like that,” Jensen said. “We’ve given up (six) runs in the last three games combined and are 1-2 in that span ... that shouldn’t happen! Hopefully we can help those guys out moving forward.”
At the plate, Barron Courtney, Tyler Hoffpauir and Bryson Barbier all finished 1-for-3.
“We still aren’t getting clutch hits, and we continued not to do little things like bunting guys over,” Jensen said. “Sooner or later we have to have someone step up and be that guy.”
The Eagles (10-8 overall and 1-1 in District 8-1A play) return to action Thursday when they continue district play on the road with a trip to Youngsville to face Ascension Episcopal. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.