St. Mary Central holds off Morgan City, wins district
St. Mary Central overcame the rain and Morgan City to claim the District 3 Majors (12U) title with a 9-6 win at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson on July 15.
While the game originally was scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start, it was pushed back to 7 p.m. due to the rain. The nightcap, a matchup between Thibodaux and Patterson that had no bearing on anyone advancing in postseason play, was canceled.
For St. Mary Central, the win clinched a spot in the state’s South Regional in Sulphur, which begins Friday. Franklin, the second-place team in the district, will advance to Vidalia in the North Regional, which also begins Friday.
Although St. Mary Central was victorious when the squads finally did take the field, Morgan City would not go down easy as the squad still was mathematically in the hunt to advance in postseason play, but they had to beat St. Mary Central to have any hope at all of doing so.
Morgan City struck first as lead off hitter Brooks Thomas reached on an error and moved around the bases before scoring on the final of three straight walks for a 1-0 Morgan City advantage.
In the top of the second, St. Mary Central scored three times, using four walks and singles by Abram Gilder and Dayton Clark and a double by Barrett Hover to take a 3-1 lead.
Morgan City added two runs in the bottom of the third, the second with the bases loaded, when Tucker Manuel was hit by a pitch to bring in Thomas to tie the game at 3.
St. Mary Central regrouped in the top of the fourth inning as Mitchel Frederick connected on a two-out home run to right field for a 5-3 St. Mary Central advantage.
Morgan City again came back in the bottom of the fifth inning when Manuel, who had doubled with one out, came around to score on Hunter Daigle’s single to cut the Morgan City deficit to 5-4.
While St. Mary Central exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth, Morgan City again tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the frame as the squad scored two runs.
However, Frederick, who had come on in relief earlier in the game for St. Mary Central, recorded the game’s final out via a strikeout.
Frederick had a huge game for St. Mary Central as he not only homered but won the game in relief.
In 3.2 innings of work, he surrendered three runs (two earned) on four hits with four walks and fanned six.
At the plate, Frederick finished 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run, four RBIs and two runs.
Other top contributors for St. Mary Central included Hover, 2-for-2, a double and two runs; Clark, 1-for-1, an RBI; and Lucas Hatch, 1-for-2.
Luke Felterman, who started the game, got a no decision for St. Mary Central as he surrendered three runs — none earned — on a hit with four walks and fanned five in 2.1 innings of work.
For Morgan City, Manuel finished 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run, while Morrquise Charles was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run and Bryce Grizzaffi and Daigle each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Other top contributors included Zach Stewart, 1-for-3; and Alex Brocato, two RBIs.
Brocato suffered the loss for Morgan City. In 1.2 innings, he surrendered three earned runs on three hits with six walks and fanned two.