Berwick upsets Jennings

Staff Report

JENNINGS — No. 19 Berwick upset No. 14 Jennings, 3-2, in Class 3A bi-district baseball action Friday.

While Jennings jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings, Berwick responded with two runs in the top of the fourth and the winning run in the top of the sixth when Logan Theriot stole third and an overthrow by the catcher allowed him to continue home with the winning run.

Theriot’s steal of third base was one of six bags the Panthers swiped in the contest.

Berwick coach Mike Thomas said because Jennings’ pitcher was so good, they had to use steals to try to move runners around the bases to score.

He said that the base running and the timely hits were key in the squad winning the game.

The Panthers had six hits in the game, while Jennings had four.

The Berwick head coach called Friday’s game the “best game we’ve played all year.” He noted the squad issued one walk and turned multiple double plays on defense.

Nick Duthu earned the complete-game victory as he surrendered two earned runs on four hits with a walk and fanned two.

He allowed only three base runners after the first inning.

“The way he threw the other day is what we expect of him and what he expects of himself every outing,” Thomas said this morning.

Thomas said Duthu’s success helped the Berwick defense, too.

While the Panthers struck out seven times in the contest, Thomas noted that Jennings’ pitcher, who he said was the best his squad faced all year, struck out seven of the game’s first eight batters before the Panthers made adjustments.

“He threw so well that when they took him out, I had to go shake his hand because he did an excellent job,” Thomas said of the Jennings pitcher.

Anthony Richard led Berwick with a 1-for-3 performance with a double and an RBI, while Nick Osburn finished 1-for-2 with an RBI. Other top contributors included Logan Theriot, 1-for-2; Bobby Boudreaux and Neal Theriot, each 1-for-3; and Brooks Richard, 1-for-4.

Berwick will host No. 3 seed Notre Dame Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Class 3A regional action. Notre Dame advanced after routing No. 30 seed Port Barre, 10-0, in five innings Friday.

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