Berwick Panthers storm past Erath, 16-7

From Staff Reports

The Berwick baseball team dominated Erath High School on Thursday in a 16-7 victory.

After falling behind 1-0 to Erath after one inning of play, the Panthers equaled or outscored the Bobcats in every other inning.

Berwick’s big innings were the second and third when they scored six and five runs, respectively, to turn a 1-0 deficit into an 11-3 lead.

While Berwick had opportunities to put the game, which lasted more than three hours, away sooner with a run-rule victory, they just couldn’t get that elusive run across.

“Erath’s a good team,” Berwick head coach Mike Thomas said. “They don’t quit. They battle.”

Despite the minor obstacle,

the Panthers pounded out 14 hits, led by home runs from Trey Williams and Logan Theriot

Theriot finished 2-for-2 and added a double and three RBI, while Williams finished 2-for-4 and recorded three RBI.

Other BHS hitters included Ian Bergeron, 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI; Lee Rhodes, 2-for-4 with an RBI; Chris Charpentier, 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI; Reed Leonard, 1-for-4 with two RBI; Matt Skelton, 2-for-4; and Nick Osburn and Brooks Richard, each 1-for-3.

“I thought we did an excellent job swinging the bat,” Thomas said. “I thought our approaches were good, and we just got to keep swinging it.”

On the mound, Brannon Melancon earned the victory. In two innings, he surrendered three earned runs on two hits, walked one and struck out two. He also hit four Bobcat batters.

“He’s coming off an arm problem,” Thomas said. “He came in and competed and gave us an opportunity (to win).”

In relief, Nick Duthu pitched three and two-thirds innings and surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits with six walks and five strikeouts, while Richard pitched an inning and a third and surrendered a hit and struck out two.

Thomas said he was happy with the performances of his two relievers.

The Panthers (13-5 overall, 2-0 in District 9-3A play) will return to action Saturday when they host Patterson High School. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

MCHS will play at home

Due to a deluge of rain in Bourge last night, today's game between Morgan City and South Terrebonne has been moved to Morgan City. Game time is tenatively set for 5 p.m.

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