MCHS Tigers take down Hanson
From Staff Reports
The Morgan City Fighting Tigers used a five-run fourth inning to overwhelm Hanson in an 11-2 nondistrict victory Saturday in Franklin.
Already ahead 4-2, the Tigers scored five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 9-2 lead and plated two more runs in the top of the seventh.
The Tigers pounded out 14 hits in the victory.
Brandon Beadle led the Tigers at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance with a double, a triple, two runs and three RBIs, while Brodie Anslum finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs.
Other MCHS players making the stat sheet included Buck Gautreaux, 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run; Nick Gagliano, 1-for-3 with two runs; Brennan Scully, 1-for-3 with a run; Ryan Veillion, 1-for-3; Nicholas Spinella, 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI; and Taylor Brocato, an RBI.
MCHS coach Marc Gonzales said his squad played well.
“Hanson was trying to pitch us a certain way, and we made adjustments to what their pitcher was trying to do and to the umpire’s strike zone,” Gonzales said.
On defense, Gonzales said Scully, the Tigers’ starting pitcher, and catcher Nick Gagliano did a good job of adjusting to what the umpire liked.
Scully earned the win for Morgan City. In five innings, he surrendered two earned runs on six hits. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out seven.
In two innings of relief, Spinella surrendered one hit, walked three and struck out three.
Morgan City (8-12, 2-2 in District 8-4A) will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Ellender for a District 8-4A matchup. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
“We have some momentum on our side, are playing well and need to have a good week as we get back into district play,” Gonzales said.
Eagles ease past
The Central Catholic Eagles scored a run in the fourth and three more in the sixth on their way to a 4-1 victory against Ascension Catholic in non-district high school baseball action Saturday.
Nick Longman earned the win with a complete game performance in which he allowed an earned run on four hits. He walked four, struck out five, and hit a batter.
“Nick Longman was outstanding on the mound for us,” CCHS coach Tyler Jensen said. “He battled in some tough spots and found a way to get it done.”
Jensen also pointed out the defensive play of CCHS catcher Dominick Guarisco.
“He made their (Ascension Catholic) run game non-existent,” Jensen said.
At the plate, Luke Landry led the Eagles with a 3-for-4 performance with a triple and two runs. Guarisco 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI; Bryson Barbier was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Other Eagles making the stat sheet were Eriq Blanchard, 1-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI; Josh Singleton, 1-for-4 with a stolen base; and Nick Case, an RBI and a run.
“This was a game we battled in and found a way to win against a quality opponent,” Jensen said. “I look forward to us playing even better this coming week.”
The Eagles (12-8, 2-1 in District 8-1A play) will return to district action today at 4 p.m. when they host Gueydan.
’Jacks fall to Kaplan
The Patterson Lumberjacks could not overcome eight errors in an 8-5 loss to Kaplan on the road Saturday.
Patterson kept pace with Kaplan until the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings when the Pirates scored a combined three runs to put the game away.
Patterson opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, while Kaplan responded with three in the bottom of the first.
The ’Jacks tied the game at 3 in the top of the second, but the Pirates again took the lead, 5-3, in the bottom of the second.
Patterson tied the game at 5 in the top of the fourth before Kaplan plated a run in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the fifth.
“(Eight) errors makes it difficult to win,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said. “We pitched well enough, once again, to win. We only allowed (two) earned runs.”
On the mound for Patterson, Spencer Landry pitched 41/3 innings and surrendered seven runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out two.
Cameron Clements pitched 12/3 innings and surrendered an earned run on a hit. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out two.
Kaplan overcame four errors for the victory, and even in the loss, Patterson outhit Kaplan, 7-6.
At the plate for the ’Jacks, Bobby Jennings finished 2-for-3, while Cameron Fontenot finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Other ’Jacks hitters making the stat sheet were Jaydrick DeClouet, 1-for-2 with two runs; Clements, 1-for-3 with a stolen base; Ryan Wade, 1-for-4 with two RBIs; and Dallas Hamlett, an RBI.
The ’Jacks (10-11 overall), who have lost their first six district games, will return to action Tuesday when they travel to face Abbeville in another District 9-3A contest. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.
“This stretch of games has been difficult for everyone involved, but we aren’t going to let that deter us,” Jensen said. “We will continue to battle and keep working to figure out a way to get the job done. I think it has become more of a mental issue than anything. One good, complete game and all of sudden things could turn dramatically in our favor.”
Berwick falls again to North Vermilion
North Vermilion earned a season sweep against Berwick in District 9-3A baseball play with a 6-1 victory against the Panthers in Berwick on Saturday.
The Patriots scored two runs in the third inning and four more in the sixth for a 6-0 lead.
Berwick plated a run in the bottom of the sixth but could get no more.
North Vermilion’s Colby Roy limited the Panthers to three hits in seven innings of work.
Nick Duthu suffered the loss for the Panthers (15-7 overall, 4-2 in district). In 42/3 innings, he surrendered two earned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.
At the plate, Duthu was 1-for-2, while Chris Charpentier and Nick Osburn each finished 1-for-3.
Berwick will return to action Tuesday when it hosts Vandebilt Catholic at 6 p.m. at Panther Diamond.
’Jills rout Abbeville
The Patterson Lumberjills scored a 13-3, run-rule victory at home against Abbeville in District 9-3A softball action on Saturday.
After surrendering three runs in the top of the first inning, the ’Jills scored 13 unanswered runs before the game was called in the fifth inning.
Patterson’s big inning was in the second when the ’Jills scored nine runs.
Caitlyn Fontenot led the ’Jills at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance with a double and two runs, while Rebecca Taylor added a 3-for-3 outing with a double, two runs and two RBIs.
Other ’Jills collecting hits were Grace Beadle 2-for-2 with two runs; Arianna Ross, 2-for-2 with one run; Jordon Aucoin, 2-for-3, three RBIs; Carli McIntyre, 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run; Carissa Fontenot, 2-for-3 with one run; Rachel Easley, 1-for-2 with a double, a run and two RBIs; and Madi Morris, 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
On the mound, Car. Fontenot surrendered three runs (two earned) on nine hits and struck out six in five innings of work.
The ’Jills will look to continue their winning ways when they host Erath High School today at home in another District 9-3A contest. The game is a make up of the March 22 contest that was rained out.