’Jacks set school record for wins
The Patterson High School baseball team made history Friday as the school set a record for most wins in a season with 19, according to coach Ryan Jensen. The squad earned their 19th win following a sweep of Franklin High in a District 9-3A doubleheader. Above, Joel Singleton pitches during earlier season action. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
The Patterson Lumberjacks swept a doubleheader from Franklin Friday, and in the process, they set a school record for wins.
The Lumberjacks, who finished District 9-3A play in third-place with a 5-3 mark, won 14-4 in five innings and 15-6.
The squad also set a school record for wins, collecting their 19th victory in the final game, Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said.
“That’s a heck of an accomplishment for a group of young men that won (one) game this summer and showed up this spring ready to improve and buy into the importance of pitching and defense in terms of long-term success,” Jensen said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them. They deserve a great deal of praise.”
In Game 1, Franklin took its only lead in the top of the first inning, while Patterson responded with five runs in the bottom of the first.
After Franklin cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the third, the Lumberjacks responded with five more runs in the bottom of the third and four more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via mercy rule.
Kenny Singleton started for the Lumberjacks, and in three innings, he surrendered four runs — three earned — on three hits with five walks and fanned five.
Joel Singleton pitched two innings of relief and allowed no runs on no hits and struck out two.
Patterson outhit Franklin 14-3, while the Hornets committed seven errors.
Spencer Landry led the Lumberjacks with a 4-for-4 performance with a double, four RBIs and two runs, while Brennan Gouaux was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs. Other top contributors included Kenny Singleton, 2-for-2, two RBIs and a run; Taylor Harris, 2-for-4, two RBIs and three runs; Joel Singleton, 1-for-2, a double and two RBIs; and Tyrik Singleton, 1-for-4, a double, two RBIs and two runs.
In game 2, Patterson jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first inning, and while it extended its lead to 7-1 heading into the bottom of the third, Franklin rallied with four runs in the frame and another in the bottom of the fourth to cut its deficit to 7-6.
The Hornets would get no closer, though, as Patterson plated three runs in the sixth inning and five more in the top of the seventh.
Patterson outhit Franklin 11-9, while the Hornets committed four errors.
Bryce Beaubouef started the game for Patterson and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on four hits with six walks and one strikeout.
In relief, Cameron Navarro pitched 4.1 innings and allowed an earned run on five hits and struck out five.
“I think the real heroes of the day are Joel Singleton in game 1 and Cameron Navarro in game 2,” Jensen said. “They both came in as relief pitchers and were fantastic. They threw strikes and gave us the opportunity to really pull away. It’s great to be able to rely on (freshmen) and sophomores in key situations.”
Harris led the Lumberjacks with a 3-for-5 performance with a double, two RBIs and two runs, while Sean Stewart was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Other top contributors included Kenny Singleton, 2-for-4, two RBIs; Landry, 2-for-5, two RBIs, three runs; Navarro, 1-for-3, a double, an RBI, a run; and Tyrik Singleton, 1-for-3, an RBI, two runs.
Patterson (19-10) will return to action today when it hosts Morgan City for both Fan Appreciation Night and Senior Night. Admission will be free for everyone.