Skipper's explodes late in win against Patterson

Staff Report

PATTERSON — Skipper’s Sporting Goods scored a combined 13 runs in the last three innings to turn a 4-1 contest into a rout in Swampland League play Thursday.

While Skipper’s led just 4-1 after four innings, the squad exploded for six runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 12-1 advantage.

Patterson plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Skipper’s came back with five more in the top of the seventh for the final.

The win was the third straight for Skipper’s who, after starting the season 0-3, has won its last three for a 3-3 mark.

While Skipper’s put the bat on the ball, Patterson did hurt themselves with errors in the contest.

John Ross McNemar earned the win for Skipper’s while Jake Lagrange took the loss for Patterson.

“I wish I could say the losing pitcher was our defense (because) our pitchers aren’t even being given a chance to succeed with all the errors being made,” Patterson coach Ryan Jensen said.

Matt Lorenzo led the Skipper’s offense with a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles and three RBIs, while Cameron Marcantel finished 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, and Philip Hutchinson, 2-for-5, two RBIs. Other top contributors included Alex Dunlap, 1-for-3, two RBIs, and Abram Hartley, 2-for-5.

No offensive statistics were available from Patterson.

Patterson (1-5) will return to action Monday when it hosts Golden Motor Bayou Boys (South Lafourche). Junior varsity action will begin at 5 p.m., followed by varsity play at 7 p.m.

Skipper’s Sporting Goods will resume play Tuesday when it makes the short trip to Amelia to face Halimar Shipyard. Junior varsity play will begin at 3 p.m., followed by varsity action at 5 p.m.

Halimar Shipyard 11,

South Louisiana Bank 1

Halimar Shipyard (Central Catholic) opened its home slate with a five-inning victory against South Louisiana Bank (South Terrebonne).

T.J. Ruffin led Halimar at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs, while Patrick Barron also finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Other top offensive contributors included Barron Courtney, 1-for-1, two RBIs; Samuel Guarisco, 1-for-4, two RBIs; Charlie Barron and Thomas Garber, each 1-for-2 with an RBI; and Tony Pennison, 1-for-3, an RBI.

“I thought this was the best we have swung the bat all summer,” Halimar coach Tyler Jensen said. “We have had games with more hits, but even our outs were hard tonight.”

On the mound, Matthew Barbier earned the win as he pitched 3.1 innings and surrendered three hits, five walks and fanned three.

In 1.2 innings of relief, Charlie Barron surrendered a run on a hit with a walk and struck out five.

“I thought Matthew Barbier did a good job battling through not having his best stuff,” Jensen said. “He showed lots of poise. Charlie Barron did a great job coming in all the sudden in the (fourth) inning. It was good to see us play well. I look forward to Monday."

Halimar (4-2) will continue play at home Monday with contests against Sanders Holding (Assumption). Junior varsity action will begin at 3 p.m. and varsity play will follow at 5 p.m.

Taco Bell rained out

Taco Bell’s (Berwick) road matchup with Synergy Bank (E.D. White) was rained out Thursday in Thibodaux and will be made up at a later date.

Taco Bell, 4-1 in Swampland play, will host Robichaux Ford (Vandebilt Catholic) Monday in Swampland Play. Junior varsity action will begin at 5 p.m., followed by varsity play at 7 p.m.

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