MORGAN CITY — In a game that featured action, errors and controversy, Morgan City got to end it Thursday in a way it hadn’t in exactly two weeks.
With a win.
South Terrebonne surrendered the winning run to Morgan City in the bottom of the seventh via a bases-loaded walk for an 11-10 victory in District 8-4A action.
“We played extremely hard tonight and did a great job of finding ways to win a ball game,” Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales said.
The win was Morgan City’s first since a March 7 victory against Edna Karr in the Tigers’ opening game of the Chalmette Tournament and snapped a six-game losing skid.
In Thursday’s contest, Morgan City fell behind 3-0 early after South Terrebonne plated three runs in the top of the first inning.
While Morgan City cut the advantage to one at 3-2 after two innings of play, the Tigers plated six runs in the third inning for an 8-2 advantage.
Although South Terrebonne plated three runs in the top of the fourth and Morgan City responded with two in the bottom of the frame, the score could have been worse.
After a Morgan City batter struck out swinging, the South Terrebonne defense was leaving the field when Gonzales said he saw the home plate umpire signal the ball on the third strike was not secured by the South Terrebonne catcher.
When a ball is not secured on a swinging third strike, the batter must be tagged out or the catcher must throw down to first base to complete the out.
Because he thought it wasn’t secured, Gonzales sent all his runners home and “plated” three runs without the home plate umpire halting him.
However, following a protest by a South Terrebonne coach that the umpire called the batter out and a discussion with the infield umpire, the call was reversed and Morgan City ended the inning with a 10-6 lead.
The erased runs were huge as South Terrebonne scored two apiece in the sixth and seventh innings, setting up Morgan City’s comeback, which was complete when Taylor Brocato walked with the bases loaded to bring home Josh Glatter.
The play wasn’t even the biggest one Brocato made on the night, either.
Following the tough break in the bottom of the fourth, Brocato, playing right field, came up with two outstanding plays as he fielded two consecutive balls fairly deep in right field and threw out the batters on the plays.
Buck Gautreaux tracked down a ball in centerfield for a nice catch for the inning’s third out.
While Morgan City did get the win, its defense did commit five errors. South Terrebonne had eight in the contest.
“We didn’t play great defense, but we picked each other up and came through with clutch plays offensively and defensively when we needed too,” Gonzales said. “Taylor came up big with two assists to first base from right field on back to back plays. That gave us a boost of momentum that continued the rest of the game.”
At the plate, Ryan Veillion led the Tigers with a 3-for-4 performance with a triple, an RBI and two runs, while Glatter finished 1-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs. Other top Morgan City contributors included Nicholas Spinella, 1-for-3, two RBIs and a run; Dylan Hymel, 1-for-4 with an RBI; and Brocato, an RBI and two runs.
John Ross McNemar got the win in relief. In one inning, he surrendered two runs — one earned on a hit with a walk, a hit batter and a strikeout.
Spinella started the game and pitched the first two innings, while Chandler Delaune pitched the next four.
“Nick Spinella gave us a good start, and Chandler Delaune did a good job in relief,” Gonzales said.
Morgan City (7-9 overall, 1-1 in District 8-4A action) will continue district play Saturday when it travels to Vandebilt Catholic for a 2 p.m. contest.
Central Catholic rallies
to defeat VC
Central Catholic upped its District 8-1A mark to 2-0 with a 10-4, come-from-behind victory against Vermilion Catholic in Amelia Thursday.
While both teams had entered the third inning tied at 2, Vermilion Catholic plated a run in the third and another in the fourth for a 4-2 advantage.
However, in the bottom of the fifth, Central Catholic responded with eight runs for a 10-4 lead that they made stick.
Bryson Barbier led the Eagles at the plate 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run, while Barron Courtney finished 1-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs.
Other top Central Catholic contributors included Nick Case, 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run; Samuel Guarisco, 2-for-2, a double, an RBI and a run; Austin Autin, 2-for-4 and two runs; and Luke Landry, an RBI and a run.
Guarisco earned the win in relief as he surrendered an earned run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four innings of work.
Central Catholic (9-6 overall, 2-0 in District 8-1A) will return to action Saturday when it travels to Assumption for a non-district contest. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.
Erath sweeps Berwick
Erath took the season series from Berwick with an 18-11 victory at home against Berwick Thursday.
While Berwick jumped out to a 5-0 lead after its first at bat, it would be the only time the Panthers would lead as Erath countered with seven runs in the bottom of the first and seven more in the bottom of the second for a 14-5 advantage and were not threatened again.
Logan Theriot took the loss in relieve. In 1.1 innings, he surrendered six runs — four earned — on four hits with three walks, one hit batter and one strikeout.
While he surrendered four earned runs, Tim Shelby had the most success among the Berwick pitchers as he lasted the longest at 4.1 innings. During his outing, he surrendered five hits, struck out one, walked two and hit a batter.
Berwick walked 10 Erath batters and hit three more with pitches.
Despite the loss, Nick Duthu had a solid game at the plate as he finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He finished the day with a 4-for-5 performance with a double, a home run and three RBIs. The home run was his third this season.
Other top Berwick hitters included Reed Leonard, 2-for-3 with two RBIs; Bobby Boudreaux, 2-for-4, two RBIs; and Neal Theriot, 1-for-1, an RBI.
Berwick (9-7 overall, 0-2 in District 9-3A action) will return to action Saturday when it travels to Patterson for a District 9-3A contest. Patterson also enters the contest with a 0-2 district mark after the squad was swept by North Vermilion.
North Vermilion defeats Patterson, 14-1
North Vermilion scored in every inning except the first in a 14-1 win against Patterson in District 9-3A action Thursday in Patterson.
While the Patriots scored often, Patterson plated its lone run in the bottom of the third to cut the North Vermilion lead to 6-1.
Cameron Fontenot suffered the loss as he surrendered eight runs — six earned on eight hits with two strikeouts in four innings of work.
Patterson committed four errors in the contest.
Offensively, Spencer Landry led the squad with a 3-for-3 performance with a run, while Dallas Hamlett, Chris Fuselier and Micah Gowan each finished 1-for-2, and Taylor Harris added an RBI.
With the loss, Patterson slips to 3-12 overall and 0-2 in District 9-3A play.