Morgan City records 1-1 finish at Panther Classic

Staff Report

BERWICK — The Morgan City Tigers and the Berwick Panthers both finished 1-1 this weekend at Berwick’s Panther Classic.

While Morgan City fell to Erath Friday, 7-1, the squad responded with a 9-7 victory against Berwick Saturday.

Against Erath, Morgan City scored a run in the first inning, but Erath responded with seven unanswered runs — two in the fourth, three in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

“We didn’t compete very well versus Erath,” Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales said. “We got down and didn’t have much fight. We were flat the entire game.”

The Erath pitchers limited the Tigers to four hits.

Nicholas Spinella was 1-for-3 with a double and a run while Ryan Veillion was 1-for-3 with a double.

“We pitched well enough to give us a chance to win, but we didn’t make any adjustments at the plate,” the Morgan City skipper said. “We are too good offensively to have a performance like that.”

Morgan City’s Chandler Delaune was tagged with the loss as he surrendered two runs — one earned — on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings of work.

The Morgan City pitching staff surrendered a combined 11 hits in the loss.

Against Berwick, the Tigers used a six-run fifth inning to take the lead for good and held off a late Berwick rally in its final at-bat.

While Morgan City trailed 3-0 after three innings, the Tigers responded with two runs in the fourth to cut the Berwick deficit to 3-2.

While Berwick added a run in the bottom of the frame to extend its lead to 4-2, Morgan City responded with six runs in the top of the fifth for an 8-4 advantage.

Berwick scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, while Morgan City added another run in the top of the seventh for a 9-5 lead.

Berwick managed two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the final.

“We played with emotion and continued to play hard even though we fell behind early,” Gonzales said. “We played with the effort and energy we should play with every day.”

Taylor Brocato led Morgan City with a 2-for-3 performance with a double, three RBIs and a run, while Matt Lorenzo finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

Other top Morgan City hitters included Spinella, 2-for-3, a double, a triple and a run; Josh Glatter, 2-for-4, an RBI and two runs; Buck Gautreaux, 1-for-5, two RBIs and a double; and Dylan Hymel, 1-for-4, a double, an RBI and a run.

“We still need to get better offensively, but our approach was much better tonight than it was the last several games,” Gonzales said. “We still need to cut down on our strikeouts, especially looking.”

Spinella earned the win for the Tigers.

The right-hander tossed 148 pitches and surrendered seven earned runs on 11 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He also hit two batters.

“Nick pitched well and competed,” Gonzales said. “He made key pitches when his back was against the wall.”

Berwick’s Neal Theriot suffered the loss in relief of starter Brannon Melancon.

Theriot surrendered four runs — all earned — on four hits in 0.2 innings of work.

Melancon surrendered four runs — two earned — on six hits with seven strikeouts. He threw 56 pitches, 43 for strikes.

Logan Theriot led Berwick at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with a double and two RBIs, while Melancon added a 1-for-3 outing with a double and two RBIs.

Other top Berwick contributors included Brooks Richard, 2-for-4, an RBI; Nick Duthu, 1-for-3, an RBI; and Reed Leonard, 2-for-3.

On Friday, Berwick fell to Chalmette, 8-7.

While Berwick jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning and led 4-1 after four innings, Chalmette began to climb its way back into the game with a three-run outburst in the fifth to tie the game at 4.

Berwick responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame for a 6-2 advantage, but Chalmette scored four runs in the top of the sixth for an 8-6 lead.

Berwick added a run in their at-bat in the sixth but could get no closer.

Leonard was tagged with the loss as he surrendered six runs — three earned — on three hits with two walks and hit one batter in 1.1 innings of relief.

Logan Theriot started the game and surrendered an unearned run on three hits with three walks and fanned seven in 3.2 innings of work.

Theriot added a 1-for-4 performance at the plate with a home run and two RBIs.

Other top contributors for Berwick were Anthony Richard, 1-for-4, an RBI; and Brooks Richard and Melancon, each 2-for-3.

Central Catholic finishes 1-3

in Monroe

Central Catholic had a tough day Friday in the Trey Altick Louisiana Prep Classic, while it responded with a better performance Saturday.

In their first two contests against University Lab and John Curtis on Friday, the local squad was shut-out by a combined 24-0.

The squad fell to John Curtis 10-0 and University Lab, 14-0.

On Saturday, however, coach Tyler Jensen said his squad played much better in a 3-1 loss to Ouachita Christian in a rematch of last year’s Class 1A finals as well as a 13-3 win against Loranger.

Against Curtis, the Patriots scored five runs in the first, two in the second and three in the third, which also was called after five innings.

Jensen said he thought his squad was fazed by the name John Curtis, noting the game wasn’t what he expected from his squad.

Samuel Guarisco was tagged with the loss as he surrendered five runs — all earned — on six hits with a strikeout in a third of an inning of work.

Offensively, Central Catholic again was limited to two hits as Barron Courtney and Ryan Ratcliff each finished 1-for-2, with Courtney contributing a double.

Against U-High, the Baton Rouge-based team scored six runs in the first, another in the second and seven more in the fourth. The game was called after five innings.

“We walked entirely too many people,” Jensen said. “Once again, we didn't compete. It was very disappointing.”

The Eagles were limited to two hits on offense as Bryson Barbier and Justin Arceneaux each finished 1-for-2.

Charlie Barron suffered the loss as he surrendered six runs — five earned — on three hits and walked two in an inning of work.

Against Ouachita Christian, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but Ouachita Christian scored two in the bottom of the frame and added another in the sixth inning.

“This is a game we should have won,” Jensen said. “We had many opportunities and couldn't get a big hit. We didn't score with the bases loaded and nobody out and also 1st and 3rd (with) nobody out.”

Central Catholic was limited to four hits in the loss.

However, its pitching staff of Arceneaux and Guarisco surrendered just six.

Arceneaux suffered the loss as he surrendered two runs — both earned — on four hits with five walks and struck out one in five innings of work.

“Justin Arceneaux kept us in the game on the mound,” Jensen said. “He did a heck of a job on the mound. They are a very good baseball team and we had every opportunity to win.”

At the plate for Central Catholic, Barbier, Barron and Ratcliff all finished 1-for-3 in the loss with Barbier adding an RBI. Austin Autin finished 1-for-2.

Against Loranger, Central Catholic earned a 13-3 victory in five innings.

While the Eagles committed four errors in the win, their pitching staff surrendered just three hits.

Loranger took a 3-0 lead after an inning of play and the score remained the same until the bottom of the third when Central Catholic plated five runs.

The Eagles added four runs apiece in the fourth and fifth for the final.

Jensen said his team had a sloppy start to the contest and must get right out of the gate.

Guarisco had a huge game for Central Catholic as he finished 3-for-4 with three doubles, seven RBIs and two runs.

Other top contributors included Courtney, 1-for-4, a double, three RBIs and three runs; Autin, 2-for-3, an RBI; and Barbier, 2-for-4, two runs and a double.

“We got some big hits, especially from Samuel Guarisco, in some big spots,” Jensen said. “This was more of how I expected us to play this weekend. Hopefully we can build off this win.”

Barbier earned the win as he surrendered three earned runs on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in five innings of work.

“Bryson Barbier was really good on the mound and really settled in,” Jensen said.

Jensen thanked the fans for making the trip to Monroe and enduring the cold.

Patterson is winless

at Hanson tourney

It was a rough weekend for the Patterson Lumberjacks as they dropped an 8-7 decision to Delcambre in the bottom of the seventh, while they were no-hit by Hanson in a 10-3 loss.

Against Delcambre Friday, Patterson cut into a 4-0 Delcambre lead after three innings with a run in the fourth.

While the Panthers scored two in their fourth-inning at-bat, Patterson exploded with five in the fifth to tie the game at six.

Although Patterson took a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh, Delcambre responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame for the victory.

Bryce Tabor led Patterson with a 3-for-5 performance with a double, an RBI and a run, while Dallas Hamlett added a 2-for-4 performance with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs.

Other top contributors were Jake Lagrange, 2-for-3, a double and an RBI; Cameron Fontenot, 2-for-5, an RBI and a run; Deondre Skinner, 2-for-4, a run and a stolen base; and Spencer Landry, an RBI.

Chase Martin suffered the loss in relief for Patterson. In three innings, he surrendered four runs — two earned — on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Tabor started the game and surrendered four runs — three earned — on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in three innings of work.

Against Hanson, Fontenot took the loss.

“We just aren’t getting people out. Our pitching and defense are not giving us a chance to win,” Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said.

No other individual statistics were available.

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