Berwick will host Notre Dame today

Staff Report

The Berwick High School baseball team will continue postseason play today when it hosts No. 3 seed Notre Dame of Crowley in a 5:30 p.m. contest.

The Panthers, the No. 19 seed, upset No. 14 seed Jennings High School on Friday, 3-2.

Notre Dame advanced to the second round after defeating No. 30 seed Port Barre, 10-0, in five innings.

According to reports he has gathered, Berwick coach Mike Thomas said Notre Dame features a lefthander who has been hurt part of the year and only has been playing the last half of the season.

“They’re not the overpowering team that you’re used to seeing Notre Dame be, but they are ranked third for a reason,” Thomas said.

Thomas said he has heard that the Pios are “very scrappy” and, although they don’t have a lot of power in their lineup, they like to hit the ball to opposite fields.

As for his team, Thomas said if they play like they did against Jennings, they will have a chance to pull out a victory.

Today’s meeting is the first between the schools since the 2007 quarterfinals when Berwick defeated Notre Dame en route to the state semifinals.

Thomas said playing on the road in the regional round this year, as opposed to on the road last year at Loranger, is an advantage.

“It’s easier after school to let our kids go home and come back instead of hopping on a bus and going somewhere,” he said.

Admission to today’s game is $6. Those ages 5 and under will be admitted free.

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