SMC 10s eliminate Patterson, advance to championship game

A Patterson outfielder makes a throw back to the infield during Tuesday’s elimination contest with St. Mary Central in 10-year-old District 3 action. Patterson was eliminated with an 11-1 loss in four innings. St. Mary Central will face Morgan City in today’s championship game at 5 p.m. Because Morgan City is undefeated, St. Mary Central will have to win twice in the double-elimination tournament to earn a district title. If a second game is necessary, it will be played at 8 p.m. today. (The Daily Review/Michelle Blanc)

St. Mary Central’s 10-year-old All-Stars advanced to the District 3 10-year-old championship with an 11-1 run-rule victory against Patterson in four innings Monday in an elimination bracket game.
The contest was far different than the team’s opening round contest in the tournament when St. Mary Central edged Patterson 3-2 in a game that Patterson led 2-0 at one time.
In Monday’s win, St. Mary Central scored seven runs in the second and four in the fourth.
Patterson plated a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Tanner Simmons earned the complete-game victory for St. Mary Central. In four innings, he surrendered an unearned run on two hits and fanned four.
Jude Vasquez led St. Mary Central with a 2-for-2 performance with a double and two RBIs, while Luke Zerangue was 1-for-1 with a triple and two RBIs.
Other top contributors for St. Mary Central were Carter Williams, 2-for-2, a triple; Clay Menard, 1-for-3, a double and two RBIs; Trevor Berryhill, 1-for-1, a double and an RBI; and Jackson Thorguson, 1-for-1, an RBI.
No individual statistics were available for Patterson.
With the win, St. Mary Central will meet Morgan City today in the championship game.
Because Morgan City is 2-0, St. Mary Central will have to defeat Morgan City twice today to win the district title. The first game is set for 5 p.m., and if necessary, a second game will follow at 8 p.m.
Both will advance in the postseason regardless of today’s outcome. The district champion will play at the 10-year-old South Regional in Metairie, while the runner-up will move on to the North Regional, while will be held in Franklin.
In Sunday’s District 3 tournament action, Morgan City rallied against St. Mary Central with five runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-8 win.
Trailing 8-4, Morgan City rallied for the five runs, including the game winner on Dylan Cornes’ single up the middle.
Early on, St. Mary Central took a 1-0 lead after the first inning and extended its lead to 2-0 after its second inning at bat.
Morgan City responded with three runs in the bottom of the second for a 3-2 advantage, before St. Mary Central again countered with three runs in the third for a 5-3 lead.
St. Mary Central led 6-4 after the fifth inning and 8-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Menina, who had a three-run triple in the bottom of the sixth, earned the win for Morgan City. In three innings of relief, he surrendered three runs on six hits with two walks and fanned five.
Offensively, Dylan Cornes finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs; while Jacob Blum was 2-for-4 — including a sixth-inning triple — and an RBI; and Menina was 1-for-2 with three RBIs.
Other top contributors included Lonnie Kinchen, 1-for-1, two RBIs; Spencer Hebert, an RBI; and Dakota Gibson, Andy Gros and Mekhi Branton, all 1-for-3.
Cornes started for Morgan City, and in three innings, he surrendered five runs on two hits with six walks and fanned four.
Clay Menard suffered the loss for St. Mary Central in relief. In 3.2 innings, he surrendered six runs — just one earned — on five hits with four walks and fanned four.
None of the sixth inning runs St. Mary Central surrendered were earned, according to St. Mary Central skipper John Menard.
St. Mary Central starter Carter Williams received a no-decision. In two innings, he surrendered three earned runs on four hits with four walks.
Tanner Simmons led St. Mary Central offensively with a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI, while Jude Vasquez was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Hayden Landry and Luke Zerangue each were 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Ross Thomas was 1-for-4.
Also Sunday, Patterson run-ruled Thibodaux 10-0 in four innings.
No individual stats were available for Patterson.
On Saturday, St. Mary Central edged Patterson, 3-2, in both teams’ tournament opener.
All of the game’s scoring came in the fourth inning as Patterson plated two runs in the top of the fourth and St. Mary Central responded with three in the bottom of the frame.
St. Mary Central had just three hits the entire game.
Carter Williams finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Jude Vazquez and Brett Bearb each were 1-for-1.
Ross Thomas earned the win for St. Mary Central. In five innings, he surrendered two earned runs on seven hits with two walks and fanned six.
Clay Menard earned the save for St. Mary Central. In an inning, he surrendered a hit and struck out two.
In Saturday’s first game, Morgan City run-ruled Thibodaux 12-0 in four innings as pitchers Dylan Cornes and Caleb Menina combined for a no-hitter.
Cornes tossed the first three innings and surrendered two walks and fanned three.
In relief, Menina fanned one.
Morgan City scored three runs in the second inning and nine more in the third frame.
Offensively, Ty’Jae Vaughns led Morgan City with a 2-for-2 performance with four RBIs, while Randy Fontenot was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Other contributors for Morgan City were Andy Gros and Mekhi Branton, each 1-for-1 with two RBIs; Cornes, 1-for-3, two RBIs; and Jacob Blum, 1-for-2.

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