MCHS downs Assumption High School, 10-4, on Saturday

From Staff Reports

Morgan City High School finished in a tie with Vandebilt Catholic as District 8-4A runner-up after defeating Assumption, 10-4, on Saturday in Napoleonville.

The Tigers scored in every inning except the sixth and never trailed in Saturday’s contest.

“We utilized the running game to keep pressure on them,” MCHS coach Marc Gonzales said.

The Tigers overcame four errors for the dominant district win, too.

Brennan Scully earned the complete game victory for Morgan City. He surrendered four runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out two.

“Brennan Scully did a great job on the mound,” Gonzales said. “He attacked the zone and didn’t let up on the Assumption hitters.”

At the plate, Buck Gautreaux led the Fighting Tigers with a 4-for-4 performance with a double, an RBI and two runs, while Ryan Veillion finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a solo home run, two RBI and three runs.

Other MCHS players making the stat sheet included Brodie Anslum and Dylan Hymel, each 2-for-3, with Anslum adding two RBI and a double and Hymel adding an RBI and two runs; Scully, 1-for-3, a run; Brandon Beadle, 1-for-4; Nick Gagliano, 1-for-5, two RBI and a run; Grant Perry, a run and an RBI; and Josh Glatter, an RBI.

“I was very pleased with our effort and energy. We were playing for a runner-up finish in the district as well as a playoff spot. Our guys came out very hungry, and we need to keep that hunger so we can stay in this (five) game single elimination tournament as long as we can,” Gonzales said of the playoffs.

With the win, the Tigers conclude the regular season with a 13-15 overall record and a 7-5 district mark. The Tigers will await their playoff fate when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association releases its playoff brackets for Classes 4A-C on Wednesday.

Berwick routs Franklin

Berwick capped off its District 9-3A season with a 24-1, five-inning thrashing of Franklin High School on the road Saturday.

The Panthers scored all of their runs in eight-run outbursts with eight in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

FHS scored its lone run in the bottom of the third.

Berwick pounded out an impressive 19 hits in the victory and also benefited from 10 Franklin errors.

The Panthers’ pitching staff limited the Hornets to three hits.

At the plate for the Panthers, Nick Osburn led the Panthers with a 4-for-5 performance with a triple, five RBI, three runs and a stolen base, while Matt Skelton added a 2-for-4 performance with a home run, six RBI, two runs and a stolen base.

Other Panthers collecting hits included Lee Rhodes, 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base; Trey Williams, 2-for-4, two doubles, four runs and two RBI; Reed Leonard, 2-for-4, two runs and two RBI; Chris Charpentier, 2-for-2, a double and two runs; Tim Shelby, 1-for-2, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base; Nick Duthu and Bobby Boudreaux, 1-for-2, a run and an RBI each; and Chet Aucoin, 1-for-1, a run and an RBI.

On the mound, Brooks Richard pitched four innings and surrendered one earned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out five.

In an inning of relief, Neil Theriot struck out the side.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 22-7 overall and 10-2 in District 9-3A play. The Panthers tied for the district championship with North Vermilion, the team that handed the locals their lone district losses.

Berwick will conclude its regular season today at 4 p.m. in Houma against Ellender Memorial.

Patterson defeats Erath

The Patterson Lumberjacks responded from a 3-0 deficit with a nine-run third inning outburst and held off Erath late for a 9-7 District 9-3A victory on Friday.

Of the nine runs the ’Jacks scored in the third inning, seven were scored before Erath recorded an out.

PHS coach Ryan Jensen said his squad put it together offensively in the third inning.

“We mixed in some key hits, execution of the bunting game, base running, and they made some mistakes to aid in it,” he said. “I would have liked to have seen us have some better at-bats later on and not sit on the lead, but thankfully it was enough.”

While Erath scored a single run in the fourth, two in the fifth and another in the sixth, it couldn’t overcome the big Patterson third-inning.

Both teams committed six errors in the game.

“This was a huge win as far as power ratings go and for our confidence,” Jensen said. “Erath is a good team, and we had to fight through some adversity and find a way to win late. It was a playoff type game, and it was great to see us win a game like that.”

Spencer Landry led the ’Jacks at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI, while Bryce Tabor added a 1-for-2 performance with a run.

Other PHS players making the stat sheet included Cameron Clements, 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI; Cameron Fontenot, 1-for-3, a run and an RBI; Jaydrick DeClouet, 1-for-4, a run and an RBI; Ryan Wade, 1-for-4, an RBI; and Dallas Hamlett, 1-for-4, a run.

On the mound, Landry pitched four innings and surrendered six runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out two.

In three innings of relief, Clements surrendered an unearned run on one hit. He walked two and struck out five.

“Spencer threw well,” Jensen said. “Defensively, we weren’t fantastic behind him, but he kept battling and gave us (four) quality innings. Cameron Clements came in and really had a good outing and made some big pitches down the stretch to hold off their charge and close it out.”

With the win, the ’Jacks improve to 16-12 overall and conclude district play with a 5-7 mark.

“There were so many games like this in this district this year,” Jensen said. “We've been coming up on the short end and really having some tough defeats. Maybe those close losses taught us a lesson and provided us with some experiences that will benefit us as we move forward.”

The ’Jacks will conclude their regular season today when they travel to face Loreauville at 3:30 p.m.

CCHS defeats Ascension

Episcopal, 10-2

The Central Catholic Eagles surrendered two runs to Ascension Episcopal in the first inning and then shut the door in their 10-2 victory at home on Friday.

With the win in the District 8-1A finale for both teams, the Eagles conclude the regular season as district runner up to Vermilion Catholic, who finished the season with an 8-0 district mark.

On Friday, the Eagles responded to the 2-0 deficit with runs in every inning except the first and fourth. The big innings were four- and three-run outbursts in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.

The Eagles pounded out 13 hits in the victory but committed four errors.

Ascension Episcopal committed three errors in the loss.

“They are one of the most improved teams we've played from the last time we played them,” CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said. “I thought we played well. With that being said, we do need to clean up a few things, but I do think this was a step in the right direction with the playoffs coming up.”

Eriq Blanchard led CCHS with a 4-for-4 performance with an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases, while Luke Landry finished 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs.

Other CCHS contributors included Dominick Guarisco and Austin Autin, each 2-for-3, with Guarisco adding an RBI; Barron Courtney, 2-for-4, a run, two RBI and a stolen base; Nicholas Longman, 1-for-3, an RBI; and Josh Singleton, 1-for-3, two runs.

On the mound, Longman pitched seven innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out four.

“This was a really good team win for us,” Jensen said. “Nick Longman pitched really well and kept us in it until we finally broke through. It was good to see a senior go the distance on Senior Day,”

Jensen recognized Longman and fellow senior Ridge Rousseau, the squad’s two seniors who were recognized on Senior Day before Friday’s game.

“They have worked hard and have been good examples for the younger kids in our program,” Jensen said. “We thank them for everything they have done over their four years. Hopefully their careers will continue to extend for a few more weeks.”

With Friday’s win, the Eagles improve to 15-10 overall and 5-3 in district play.

CCHS will conclude its regular season with a non-district contest against Ascension Christian today at 5:30 p.m. in Amelia. The game will be broadcast live on KBZE (105.9 FM) and KFRA (1390 AM).

“We are going to treat this just like a playoff game,” Jensen said. “Hopefully we can come out on top.”

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