’Jacks rally to beat Berwick 8-7 in 10 innings
Teammates gather around Patterson’s Tyrik Singleton, center, after he reached base safely in the bottom of the 10th inning on an error to plate the game-winning run in a 8-7 win against Berwick in District 9-3A action Wednesday. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Patterson High School’s Tyrik Singleton finished 0-for-5 during Wednesday’s win against Berwick High School, but his final swing of the game was the biggest of the day.
Singleton hit a two-out, bases-loaded bloop shot in the bottom of the 10th that landed near second base that was fielded by Berwick second baseman Brooks Richard.
However, Richard’s throw bounced before reaching first base, Singleton was safe and simultaneously, Patterson’s Sirbatain Charles came home with the game winning run for an 8-7 Patterson victory in 10 innings Wednesday.
Singleton said the dramatic finish made up for a tough day at the plate.
“It’s good,” he said. “It’s a good win for the team and a good win for the school.”
As for his thought process going to first base on the play, it was simple.
“Aww man, I gotta hurry up,” he laughed.
The game also was equally special for Patterson head coach Ryan Jensen, who earned his 100th win as head coach at Patterson.
While Jensen said the game would be remembered because it was against Berwick, he said that he would remember it because his squad rallied from an early 5-0 deficit.
“Everybody in this place for the most part had given up on us. ... We just kept competing and we found a way to get back into the game,” he said. “We made every play at the end of the game and it kind of just all came together for us.”
Early on, Berwick took a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
A bases-loaded double by Daniel Gray plated two runs, while the Panthers scored single runs on a Patterson error and Micah Soileau’s single.
Berwick added another run in the top of the second inning.
Patterson plated four runs in the fourth, three of those on a bases loaded double to left field by Bryce Beaubouef that cleared the bases and left the Panthers’ lead at just 5-4.
“Once we got back into it, I figured it would be a battle,” Jensen said. “I never would have guessed 10 innings.”
Berwick responded in the top half of the fifth when Nick Duthu connected on a two-run home run over the centerfield wall to extend the lead to 7-4, but Patterson came back in the bottom of the sixth when Beaubouef launched a three-run home run to give him four RBIs for the game and knot the score where it remained until the 10th.
While Berwick loaded the bases in the eighth inning and got one or more base runners on in the ninth and 10th innings, they could not produce runs.
Still, Berwick coach Mike Thomas said it shouldn’t have come down to that or the error.
“I told these guys going into this … that Patterson is not going to quit,” Thomas said. “It is going to be a dogfight and that’s exactly what it was. The error in the last inning, that happened to be the deciding run, but in my opinion, the game should have never got that far. We did not play seven innings, and we’ve been preaching, preaching, preaching about focusing and concentrating for seven innings, and we did not do that.”
The loss, the first in District 9-3A for Berwick, was equally tough because it was the Panthers’ fifth one-run loss this season and the third this month, all in walk-off fashion.
“We, as a team, have got to find ways to win one-run games,” Thomas said.
Lagrange earned the win in relief for Patterson, tossing four innings and surrendering a hit, six walks and fanning six.
Joel Singleton started for the Lumberjacks and in six innings, he surrendered seven runs — six earned — on eight hits with three walks and fanned two.
Duthu took the loss in relief. In 3.2 innings, he surrendered a run on no hits with four walks and fanned five.
Brannon Melancon started the game for Berwick. In 5.1 innings, he surrendered six earned runs on five hits with three walks and fanned five.
In 0.2 innings of relief, Tim Shelby surrendered an earned run on a hit with two strikeouts for Berwick.
Beaubouef led the Lumberjacks with a 2-for-4 performance with a double, a home run, five RBIs and a run, while Brennan Gouaux was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Other top contributors included Spencer Landry, who finished 1-for-3 with a double and two runs; and Taylor Harris, who was 1-for-4 with a double.
For Berwick, Gray was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Soileau was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Other top contributors included Duthu, 1-for-2, a home run and two RBIs; and Boudreaux, 2-for-4, a double and an RBI.
Patterson travels to face Berwick Thursday in Berwick in the second round of District 9-3A play. Junior varsity is set for a 4 p.m. start with varsity to follow at 6 p.m.