Eagles win and await playoffs
From Staff Reports
The Central Catholic High School Eagles blew out Ascension Christian, 9-1, in Amelia on Monday.
The Eagles completed all of its scoring in two innings — three runs in the first and six more in the third.
“This was a good win for us,” CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said. “We were looking to head into the playoffs on a positive note and feel good about ourselves going into it. We did everything we needed to do to win this game.”
Josh Singleton led the Eagles at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance with an RBI and two runs, while Bryson Barbier added a 2-for-3 performance with a run, and Barron Courtney added a 2-for-4 performance with a double and two RBIs.
Other Eagles collecting hits included Eriq Blanchard, 1-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs; Nick Case, 1-for-3, a double, an RBI and a run; and Ridge Rousseau, two RBIs.
On the mound, Austin Autin started the game and in four innings, he surrendered three hits, walked four and struck out two.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 16-10 overall and will await its playoff seeding on Wednesday.
“This is why our guys worked so hard in the offseason and all year long,” Jensen said. “We are looking for a few days of hard work at practice and see where this postseason takes us. Hopefully we play like we can and get hot at the right time. It should be exciting.”
‘Jacks defeat Loreauville
The Patterson Lumberjacks closed their regular season on a positive note with a 9-5 non-district victory against Loreauville on the road Monday.
The ‘Jacks never trailed in the contest as they took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second and extended their lead to as much as 7-2 in the top of the sixth. Loreauville responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth and two in the bottom of the seventh, but could not overcome the deficit.
“I thought it was a good momentum builder going into the playoffs,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said of the win. “Deondre gave us some early breathing room with the three-run home run. We showed some character and pitched out of some jams, and put the game away late. If we can continue to do those things, we have a chance to make a run in the playoffs.”
While the ‘Jacks were outhit in the victory, 9-7, Loreauville committed four errors to Patterson’s three.
Deondre Skinner led the ‘Jacks at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with a home run, three RBIs and a run.
Other PHS players collecting hits included Dallas Hamlett, 1-for-3 with two RBIs; Bobby Jennings and Jaydrick DeClouet, each 1-for-3 with a run; Bryce Tabor, 1-for-3; Spencer Landry, 1-for-4, three RBIs; and Cameron Clements, an RBI, two runs and a stolen base.
On the mound, Tabor pitched four innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out seven.
With the win, the ‘Jacks improve to 17-12 overall.
Jensen said that according to unofficial brackets, his squad will enter the Class 3A playoffs as a No. 21 seed and will travel to north Louisiana to face No. 12 Rayville. Thursday’s first-round matchup with Rayville will be held at 5:30 p.m.
“I feel like we are playing some of our best baseball right now,” Jensen said. “We earned ourselves the 21 seed and will face a very tough 20- win Rayville team, but it’s a great opportunity for our program to participate in the playoffs and see if we can pull off an upset.”
Ellender beats Berwick
Ellender Memorial defeated Berwick, 2-1, on Monday in non-district baseball action in Houma.
Berwick scored its lone run in the first inning, while the Patriots responded with single runs in the second and third innings.
Ellender limited the Panthers to four hits, while on defense, Berwick committed four errors.
However, the Patriots didn’t fair much better at the plate as they also were limited to four singles and committed two errors.
Reed Leonard took the loss for Berwick. In 21/3 innings, he surrendered two runs (one earned) on a hit. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out three.
In 32/3 innings of relieve, Neal Theriot surrendered three hits, walked one and struck out three.
At the plate, Matt Skelton led the Panthers with a 1-for-2 performance, while Brooks Richard, Reed Leonard and Chris Charpentier all finished 1-for-3.
With the loss, the Panthers fall to 22-8 overall. The Panthers, like the rest of the squads across the state, now await the release of the Class 3A playoff bracket on Wednesday.