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Brusly bats heat up

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

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After a lopsided loss at home on Monday, Brusly’s baseball team bounced back with a vengeance, winning three games in a tournament at E.D. White.

The Panthers began their week with a home loss Monday against Redemptorist, as the Wolves proved to be fierce competition, beating the Panthers 14-6. After two home runs and 11 runs in the first inning, Brusly quickly fell behind.

“We just couldn’t bounce back,” said Brusly’s head baseball coach Tait Dupont.

Over the weekend, the team rebounded with three wins at the E.D. White Tournament.

“Brennan Allen had a great weekend,” said Dupont. “All of our starting pitchers did an excellent job, we just need to continue improving on the things we’ve done so far.”

First, Brusly defeated Catholic of New Iberia 6-2. Evan Daigle pitched all seven innings and struck out four batters. Brennan Allen was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Beau Witty and Jake Dunn were both 1 for 1 with an RBI.

In their second game of the tournament, the Panthers lost in eight innings to Vandebilt Catholic 7-6. Brusly’s top batters included Blake Manola (2 for 3 with 2 RBI), Evan Daigle (1 for 4 with an RBI) and Luke LeBlanc (1 for 3 with an RBI).

The Panthers dominated the tournament host, E.D. White 9-2. Luke LeBlanc pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts. Leading hitters for the Panthers were Evan Daigle (4 for 5 with two doubles), Brennan Allen (3 for 4 with two RBI), Luke LeBlanc (1 for 2 with a double and an RBI) and Connor Manola (2 for 4).

Brusly wrapped up their weekend with a 5-1 win over Thibodeaux. Landon Blank pitched five innings with four strikeouts. Kwanston Adkins went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Blake Manola was 2 for 4, and Brennan Allen was 1 for 2.

“We played well all weekend, even in our loss,” said Coach Dupont. “I think we’re hitting our stride right now. We have two weeks left until district games; I think we’ll be ready when it starts.”

This week, the Panthers play Plaquemine at home Tuesday and at Eunice this weekend for another tournament. The team will take on Eunice Friday and both Beau Chene and Deridder on Saturday.

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