AMELIA — Central Catholic exploded for 10 first-inning runs en route to a 15-2 victory in five innings in its home opener against Centerville Wednesday.
The Eagles pounded out 15 hits and benefited from four Centerville errors.
The Eagles used five different pitchers in the contest who combined for 12 strikeouts, two walks and surrendered just two hits.
After their first-quarter outburst, Central Catholic plated four more runs in the second and another in the third.
Centerville collected its runs in the second and fourth innings.
Bryson Barbier earned the win for the Eagles as he struck out the side in the top of the first inning, his lone inning of work.
Barbier also led the Eagles at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance with three RBIs and a run.
Other top contributors for Central Catholic included Austin Autin, 1-for-2 with three RBIs, two runs and a stolen base; Dominick Guarisco, 2-for-2, two RBIs; Barron Courtney, 2-for-4, an RBI, three runs and a stolen base; Justin Arceneaux, 2-for-3, a triple, an RBI and three runs; Ryan Ratcliff, 2-for-3, a double, an RBI and two runs; Charlie Barron, 2-for-4, an RBI; and Matthew Barbier, a run and an RBI.
Things will get much tougher for Central Catholic (2-0) this weekend as the squad will participate in the Trey Altic Louisiana Prep Classic in Monroe where they will face John Curtis Friday at 3 p.m., University High Saturday at 8 p.m. and a rematch of last year’s Class 1A final when they play Ouachita Christian Sunday at noon.
Berwick pounded out 10 hits and its pitching staff surrendered three in a 5-2 victory against Thibodaux Wednesday.
The Panthers scored four runs combined in the second and third innings, and after Thibodaux plated two in the bottom of the sixth, Berwick responded with a run in the top of the seventh.
Nick Duthu earned the victory as he tossed a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts in six innings of work. Both runs he surrendered were unearned, while he walked three.
Duthu added a 1-for-4 performance at the plate with a home run and two RBIs.
Brannon Melancon earned the save as he pitched a perfect seventh inning.
Other contributors for the Panthers (3-1) included Ian Bergeron, 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI; Bobby Boudreaux, 2-for-3; Anthony Richard, 2-for-4; and Melancon, an RBI.
In junior varsity action, Berwick won 6-5.
Neal Theriot and Micah Soileaux each recorded a single.
Berwick will return to action today at 7:30 p.m. when it faces Ellender in the final game of the first day of the Panther Classic.
St. John routs Patterson
St. John’s Hunter Schnebelen limited the Patterson Lumberjacks to an unearned run on two hits, while the homestanding Eagles pounded out 11 hits in a 9-1 victory.
Dallas Hamlett, 1-for-2 with a double, and Kenny Singleton, 1-for-3 with a stolen base, recorded hits for the Lumberjacks, who struck out nine times against Schnebelen.
On the mound, Patterson’s Cameron Fontenot was tagged with the loss as he surrendered two earned runs on four hits with a walk and struck out two in two innings of work.
While Patterson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, St. John responded with two in the bottom of the frame and another in the third inning.
The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the fifth before exploding for five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“You have to give credit to St. John,” Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said. “They are a good baseball team who played really well yesterday. There is a certain enthusiasm and fire that you must play this game with in order to be successful, and we just don’t have it right now. We have the physical abilities to be successful, but right now, we don’t have the mental makeup and passion to allow ourselves to reach our potential. As much experience as we have on this team, I would think we would begin to see some positive changes very soon.”
Patterson (0-2) will return to action today when it faces Loreauville at 3:30 p.m. in the Hanson Tournament.