Squads battle rain to play ball
Local baseball squads had more than opponents to battle this weekend to get on the field.
There also was Mother Nature’s presence.
The latter caused the cancellation of the final day of the Patterson tournament as well as some games Friday.
At Morgan City High School’s A&E Basin Bengal Classic, some games were delayed Friday and had to be finished Sunday, while others were canceled.
The tournament was extended an additional day until Sunday.
Despite the topsy-turvy weekend, Berwick managed to record a 2-1 record and Morgan City, a 2-0 finish.
Berwick defeated Assumption, 8-4 and Vandebilt Catholic, 5-4; while the Panthers fell to Central Lafourche, 10-3; in a game that began Friday and was concluded Sunday.
In the win against Vandebilt, the Panthers’ Bobby Boudreaux scored the winning run in the sixth inning.
Both teams had plated a run in the first, while Berwick plated three in the third for a 4-1 advantage.
Vandebilt Catholic plated a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to tie the game at 4.
Drew Landry got the win in relief. In 21/3 innings, he surrendered no runs, hits or walks and struck out two.
Brannon Melancon started the game and struck out seven in 22/3 innings of work. He surrendered an earned run and one hit and walked two.
At the plate, Nick Duthu finished 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI, while Brooks Richard recorded a 3-for-4 performance and Ian Bergeron finished 2-for-4 with a double.
Against Assumption, the Panthers used a five-run fifth inning to get the separation it needed from the Mustangs.
Logan Theriot had a solid day as he finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, while he also started the game for the Panthers. In three innings, he surrendered an unearned run on two hits with a walk and struck out six.
Reed Leonard, who pitched the middle 22/3 innings, earned the win. He surrendered three runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks and fanned three.
Other top Berwick contributors included Bergeron, 1-for-3, a triple and two RBI; Anthony Richard, 2-for-2, a double and two RBI; and Duthu and Richard, each 1-for-2 with an RBI.
In the loss to Central Lafourche, the Trojans scored the bulk of their runs in the second and seventh innings, plating four runs in each.
The Panthers were plagued by six errors in the contest as four of the runs they surrendered were unearned.
Things weren’t much better at the plate as the Panthers were limited to four hits, while Central Lafourche pounded out 13.
Duthu was tagged with the loss as he surrendered four unearned runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in three innings of work.
Theriot led the Panthers at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance.
Berwick (2-1) was scheduled to return to action today at Thibodaux but that game has been rained out and instead will be played Wednesday on the road at 6 p.m.
Morgan City wins both games
Morgan City picked up a 12-5 win against Welsh Friday, while on Sunday, the squad defeated Central Lafourche, 5-4.
In Friday’s win, the Tigers endured a 2½ hour rain delay to get the win.
When they were on the field, the Tigers scored all of their runs in the second through sixth innings, including a four-run sixth.
They pounded out nine hits and benefited from four Welsh errors.
Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales liked the way his squad handled the weather delay.
“Our kids stayed focused and handled the adversity really well,” he said. “Offensively, we answered every time Welsh tried to mount a comeback.”
Brady Fryou finished 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run for the Tigers, while Ryan Veillion finished 2-for-2 with a run and two RBI.
Other top contributors for the Tigers included Dylan Hymel, 1-for-2, two RBI and three runs; Nicholas Spinella, 1-for-3, an RBI; John Ross McNemar, an RBI and a run; Craig Mayon, 2-for-4, two runs; and Buck Gautreaux, 1-for-5, a double and two runs.
Josh Glatter earned the win for the Tigers. In five innings of work, he surrendered four runs (three earned) on six hits with three strikeouts. He also walked one and hit two batters.
Against Central Lafourche, Veillion’s two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Morgan City rally past Central Lafourche, 5-4.
The Tigers, who led throughout much of the game after scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and surrendered just one to Central Lafourche through the first six innings, surrendered three to the Trojans in the top of the seventh for a 4-3 deficit.
The hit was Veillion’s only one for the contest as he finished 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Veillion also started the contest for the Tigers but received a no-decision.
In five innings, he surrendered an earned run on three hits with six walks and 10 strikeouts. He hit one batter.
Mayon earned the win in relief.
“Our pitching has to get better,” Morgan City coach Marc Gonzales said. “We are creating trouble for ourselves. We walked 10 batters as a staff during the game. On the other hand we struck out 10. We have to get better. We are going to back ourselves into a corner one day and not be able to get out of it.”
However, the Morgan City skipper was complimentary of his defense, which turned two double plays — one each in the sixth and seventh innings and a solid catch between the first baseman, rightfielder and second baseman.
“Defensively, we made plays to get ourselves out of jams when we needed to.”
At the plate, Hymel was 3-for-4 with a double and a run; Spinella, 1-for-2 with an RBI; Gautreaux, 2-for-3, two runs; McNemar, 1-for-2, a double and a run; and Fryou, an RBI.
While Gonzales said his squad’s offense had some solid swings in their first at-bats, they strayed away from it.
Morgan City will return to action today when it hosts E.D. White at 7 p.m.
Just two games were played Friday at the Patterson Tournament in this weekend’s action, which was disrupted because of inclement weather.
On Friday, South Lafourche defeated St. Martin’s 6-5, while Calvary Baptist shut out Mamou 7-0.
Rainouts plentiful today
Local baseball and softball rainouts are plentiful today as Patterson baseball and softball, Berwick baseball and Central Catholic baseball all were rained out.
Patterson baseball coach Ryan Jensen said the game will be played at St. John of Plaquemine Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Patterson coach Colby Minton said his squad’s game today against Covenant Christian may not be made up.
Berwick’s baseball game at Thibodaux, scheduled for 6 p.m. today, will be played at 6 o’clock on Wednesday, while Central Catholic’s game against Centerville today has been pushed back to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Central Catholic’s softball team is scheduled to play Assembly Christian today at 5 p.m., while Berwick’s softball game at Brusly today at 5 p.m. will be played.