BHS wins 3 games; Thomas earns 200th victory at Berwick

Staff Report

BERWICK— Berwick won its third straight Monday with a 12-2 victory against Abbeville in five innings in District 9-3A play.

The win followed a forfiture by Abbeville of Saturday’s contest, according to Berwick coach Mike Thomas, because Abbeville did not have enough players available.

Berwick also run-ruled Kaplan 12-2 in five innings Friday.

While Saturday’s win was a forefeiture, it was a significant win for Thomas as it marked his 200th victory at Berwick High School.

Thomas, who has been honored multiple times during his career as District Coach of the Year and was named Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to the state semifinals in 2003, said this morning that it is an honor to win 200 games at Berwick.

“And what’s more of an honor is me being around people who made that possible … When you surround yourself with good people, most of the time good things will happen,” he said.

Thomas said this career milestone would not be possible without his administration as well as his assistant coaches and players through the years.

“Credit goes to everbody,” he said.

Thomas said of his 200 victories at Berwick, the two that stand out the most are the quarterfinal victories that advanced his team to the Class 3A semifinals, in 2003 against Jena and in 2007 against Notre Dame.

In his entire coaching career, Thomas said he has 277 wins.

In Monday’s win against Abbeville, the Panthers’ pitching duo of Nick Duthu and Tim Shelby limited the Wildcats to a hit.

Shelby earned the win in relief as he surrendered a hit and fanned four in three innings of work.

Duthu started the game and in two innings, he surrendered two runs — one earned — with four walks and fanned three.

As a team, Berwick pounded out 12 hits, with Anthony Richard and Reed Leonard combining for seven of those as well as four doubles and five RBIs. Richard was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Leonard finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Other top contributors included Ian Bergeron, 2-for-3, two RBIs; Bobby Boudreaux, 1-for-3, an RBI; and Brooks Richard, 2-for-4.

In Friday’s game, Berwick bounced back from a 10-4 loss to Kaplan earlier in the week with a 12-2 victory against the Pirates in five innings.

Berwick never trailed in the contest and scored the bulk of its runs in the second and third innings, when they plated six and four runs, respectively.

The Panthers pounded out 13 hits in the win and limited Kaplan to three.

Brannon Melancon earned the complete-game victory as he surrendered two unearned runs on three hits with a walk and struck out seven.

At the plate, Duthu finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, while Leonard also finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs and Richard, 2-for-2, a triple and three RBIs. Other top contributors included Bergeron, 3-for-4; Logan Theriot, 1-for-2, an RBI; and Boudreaux, 1-for-3, an RBI.

Berwick (14-12 overall 5-5 in District 9-3A play) will return to action Friday when it travels to face Franklin in a 4 p.m. contest.

Gowan tosses one-hitter in Patterson win

Micah Gowan tossed a complete-game one hitter and fanned 10 in Patterson’s 2-0 win against Franklin on the road Monday.

Gowan surrendered one walk in the contest.

It was the second consecutive dominant pitching performance for Patterson as Spencer Landry struck out 10 during Patterson’s 9-1 win Friday against Assembly Christian at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s baseball field.

Monday’s win was the second-consecutive victory for the ’Jacks, too.

In Monday’s victory, the Lumberjacks scored their lone runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the victory, Patterson collected just five hits.

Landry led the ’Jacks offense with a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI and two stolen bases, while Cameron Fontenot finished 1-for-1 with a double and a run. Other top contributors included Taylor Harris, 1-for-3, a stolen base; and Chase Martin, 1-for-3, a stolen base and a run

On Friday, Landry fanned 10 and surrendered an earned run on four hits with two walks in the complete-game victory.

Landry was equally stellar at the plate where he finished 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and four RBIs.

Already ahead 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Patterson erupted for five runs for an 8-1 advantage.

The ’Jacks added another run in the bottom of the sixth.

Besides Landry, other top contributors included Dallas Hamlett, 3-for-4, a triple, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs; Jake Lagrange, 2-for-3, an RBI, two stolen bases and a run; Bobby Jennings, 1-for-3, an RBI; Bryce Tabor, 2-for-4, two runs; and Fontenot, an RBI and a run.

Patterson will return to action today when it hosts Franklin at 5:30 p.m. in the second of two District 9-3A contests between the squads.

Morgan City falls to

Vandebilt Catholic

Morgan City’s late rally wasn’t enough as Vandebilt Catholic picked up a 6-4 win against the Tigers in District 8-4A play in Morgan City Saturday.

While Vandebilt jumped out to as much as a 6-1 lead following their at bat in the top of the sixth inning, Morgan City plated a run in the bottom of the frame and two more in their final at bat for the final.

Brady Fryou finished 2-for-4 for Morgan City, while Buck Gautreaux and Ryan Veillion each finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Other top contributors included Nicholas Spinella, 1-for-4, an RBI and Dylan Hymel, 1-for-3, an RBI.

Craig Mayon suffered the loss for Morgan City. In five innings he surrendered five runs — three earned — on six hits. He walked three, hit three batters and struck out two.

In the win, Vandebilt Catholic outhit Morgan City 9-8.

Morgan City committed four errors to Vandebilt’s two miscues.

Morgan City will return to action today when it travels to Vandebilt Catholic for a 6 p.m. district contest.

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