AMELIA — A 10-run fifth inning helped Central Catholic erase a South Terrebonne lead and ultimately claim a 12-9 victory in opening action Thursday at the Central Catholic High School Tournament.
Josh Singleton led the Eagles with a 2-for-5 performance with three RBIs and a run, while Tyler Hoffpauir finished 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Other top contributors included Barron Courtney and Samuel Guarisco, each 1-for-4 with two RBIs, while Courtney scored a run; Austin Autin, 2-for-3, an RBI and two runs; and Nick Case, an RBI and a run.
Justin Arceneaux started the game for Central Catholic and surrendered seven hits, walked three and struck out five in 4.2 innings.
In 1.2 innings of relief, Patrick Barron surrendered a hit, two walks and struck out three.
The Eagles (4-4) will return to action today in their tournament when they play Carencro at 7:45 p.m.
Morgan City beats Karr
Morgan City defeated Karr, 9-6, in opening round action at the Chalmette Tournament Thursday.
The Tigers plated four runs in the first inning to Karr’s one.
Morgan City’s first at bat was highlighted by Evan Stadalis’ three-RBI double.
While Karr cut the Morgan City lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third, the Tigers responded with two runs in the top of the fourth for a 6-2 advantage.
Karr responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Morgan City plated three more in the top of the fifth, which was enough for the victory.
Despite scoring nine runs, the Tigers were limited to four hits. Karr committed three errors in the contest and their pitching staff combined for 14 walks.
The Tigers’ pitching limited Karr to six hits, but the Tigers’ defense also committed three errors.
Ryan Veillion earned the win as he surrendered five earned run on four hits with four strikeouts, five walks and one hit batter in five innings of work.
In two innings of relief, Chandler Delaune surrendered an earned run on two hits and struck out four.
“We have to become more consistent with our mechanics on the mound,” Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales said. “We will look really good for two pitches, and then we lose our command and focus. If we can cut down on the lapses in concentration, we can get batters out much easier.”
At the plate, Stadalis led Morgan City with a 1-for-3 performance with a double, three RBIs and a run, while Veillion added a 1-for-5 outing with a double, three RBIs and a run. Other top contributors included Buck Gautreaux, 1-for-3, an RBI and three runs; Nicholas Spinella, an RBI and a run; and Dylan Hymel, an RBI.
“Offensively we were more patient at the plate, almost too patient,” Gonzales said. “We walked 14 times, but struck out 9. We have to do a better job of battling and changing our approach with two strikes.”
Morgan City (6-3) will return to action at the Chalmette Tournament Saturday when it plays De La Salle at 3:45 p.m. and Grace King at 6 p.m.
Berwick also will be in action at the Chalmette Tournament beginning today. The Panthers will play Grace King today in the Chalmette Tournament and also will be in action Saturday.