Berwick shuts out Vandebilt, 2-0
By GEOFFREY STOUTE
Every time Berwick’s Chris Charpentier was faced with adversity, he found a way out of it.
He and his fellow Panthers (16-7) also found their way out of a two-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 2-0 non-district victory against Vandebilt Catholic.
Berwick scored single runs in the first and second innings, and Charpentier did the rest on the mound to earn the win.
The Berwick ace pitched a complete game and surrendered a hit and struck out nine.
At the plate, Charpentier helped his cause with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Berwick’s Lee Rhodes, who had reached base on a walk.
However, that was all the Panthers could get out of the inning as Brooks Richard was tagged out when he tried to steal third base. Reed Leonard flied out to left field for the third out of the inning, leaving Trey Williams, who had reached base on a walk, stranded at second base. Williams was one of three runners the Panthers left in scoring position during the game.
In the second, the Panthers added a run on Nick Osburn groundout to shortstop.
In the win, the Panthers managed just three hits, something that Berwick coach Mike Thomas said his squad needs to improve on.
“We got a great pitching performance from Chris. We played adequate defense. But we got to do a better job of hitting,” he said. “We’re not having the quality at bats that we had at the beginning of the season. I know it’s baseball. You can’t hit every game, but we got to get the bats going again.”
Williams, Leonard and Matt Skelton each had a single for the Panthers.
It didn’t help the Panthers, though, that they were without their two-hole hitter, Ian Bergeron, who Thomas said has been out with back problems and Logan Theriot, who hasn’t played in more than a week because of a pulled hamstring. Thomas said he hopes to have both back for Thursday when the Panthers travel to Houma for a rematch with Vandebilt Catholic.
For Vandebilt Catholic, hits were even more scarce as Charpentier limited them to one hit.
The Berwick pitcher got out of trouble in the second inning, when Vandebilt left a runner on third base, and in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings when Vandebilt stranded runners at second base.
Charpentier used a pop fly to get out of trouble in the second, struck out Vandebilt’s Tanner Whatley on a called third strike in the fifth and Mitchell Folse in the sixth and struck out Kevin Guienot for the final out of the game.
“That’s kind of been our Achilles heel at times all year,” VCHS coach Corey Sullivan said of a lack of timely hits.
Still, Sullivan credited Charpentier for his performance.
“That kid on the mound for them did a great job,” Sullivan said. “He had command of all of his pitches. He’s good.”