Berwick, Duthu stop Thibodaux Tigers, 5-2
Thu. February 28, 2013 at 12:47 a.m. | By Thad Angelloz / Sports Correspondent
One player put on a show on Wednesday night at Thibodaux High School’s Tiger Diamond.
Unfortunately, for Tigers fans, he was wearing a Berwick Panthers uniform.
Starting pitcher Nick Duthu’s highlights included hitting a two-run homer to right center-field and striking out 12 batters in six innings of work.
In the end, Duthu and the rest of his teammates left Thibodaux with a 5-2 nondistrict victory to push their overall record to 3-1.
“He’s a competitor, and he battled out there for us,” Berwick coach Mike Thomas said. “He did a good job. He did get tired at the end which is usual, but he hung in there and was a big reason why we won.”
After allowing only a hit and no runs through the first five innings, Thibodaux (0-2) finally got a solid hit off Duthu in the sixth when Wesley Lassere hit a double down the left-field line to put runners at second and third with no outs.
Following a Ross Eschete fielder’s choice that scored Tyler Molaison to make it 4-1, an error at second base allowed Lassere to score. Duthu eventually gained his composure and struck out Trey Fields with the bases loaded to end the Tigers threat.
Thibodaux coach Darrell Hebert praised Berwick’s ace pitcher, but didn’t want to make excuses for his players.
“We’ve got to hit the ball,” Hebert said. “We had a chance late in the game, but we couldn’t get the crucial hit at the crucial time to win. We’re young, and we’re getting there. It is just taking these guys some time to understand our system and everything we want from them.”
After scoring a run in the second frame on a fielder’s choice with runners on first and third, Berwick added three more runs in third inning thanks to Duthu’s two-run shot and a RBI single by Ian Bergeron.
Berwick added an insurance run in the top half of the seventh after Anthony Richard and Bergeron led off the frame with a pair of solid singles. Richard eventually came home on a pick-off attempt at second base. The return throw home was late, allowing Richard to score the final run of the contest.
Dave Adams took the loss for Thibodaux after lasting three innings and giving up four runs on six hits, while fanning three. Berwick’s Duthu gave up only two hits on the night in the win. Bergeron led all hitters. He went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with an RBI.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 2 (BASEBALL)
At Hahnville, the Trojans dropped to 1-3 overall with the nondistrict loss. Nick Naquin took the loss for the Trojans, allowing four runs in two innings on the mound.
EAST ASCENSION 11,
ASSUMPTION 2 (SOFTBALL)
At Napoleonville, Kristin Torres took the nondistrict loss in the circle for the Lady Mustangs (2-3 overall).
GRAND ISLE 0 (SOFTBALL)
At Houma, the Lady Patriots improved to 3-4 overall with the nondistrict win. The game was called after three innings due to the mercy rule.
ST. JAMES 9,
WHITE CASTLE 7 (SOFTBALL)
At St. James, the Lady Wildcats improved to 1-1 on the season with the nondistrict win. Amanda Rouge got the victory in the circle with nine strikeouts.
At the plate for St. James, Cassidy Gravois was 1-for-1 with two walks, and Myoshia Reed was 1-for-2 with two walks.