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Written by Claire Chenevert on .

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Brusly’s Baseball Panthers were 2-2 last week on the field.

“Two for two isn’t bad in a week,” said head baseball coach Tait Dupont. “Of course you want to win them all, but it’s more important that we play well.”

Tuesday, the Panthers lost 10-4 to Plaquemine’s Green Devils. Of Brusly’s 10 hits, only four runs were scored.

“We had a lot of hits, but not many runs,” said Dupont. “And we walked 13 batters.” Leading hitters were Blake Manola, Jake Dunn, and Austin Watts. Manola batted 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Dunn was 2 for 3, and Austin Watts was 1 for 3 with two RBI.

The Panthers traveled to Eunice for a weekend tournament where they first took on the host, defeating Eunice 6-2. Landon Blank pitched six innings and had five strikeouts. Top batters were Austin Watts, who batted 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI; Landon Andre, who hit a double and an RBI; and Luke LeBlanc, 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Saturday, Brusly crushed Beau Chene in a 13-4 victory. Tod Gaute struck out five batters and got the win. The Panthers managed to score their 13 runs on 14 hits. Kwanston Adkins and Evan Daigle each hit a homerun. Both Adkins and Daigle were 2 for 3 with two RBI. Luke LeBlanc was 4 for 4 with three doubles and an RBI. Austin Watts was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, and Brennan Allen was 2 for 4 with two RBI.

In Brusly’s final game of the tournament, which took place Saturday, the Panthers lost to DeRidder 6-2. Kwanston Adkins was 2 for 4 with two triples, Brennan Allen was 2 for 3, and Austin Watts was 1 for 2.

“I think we’re right where we need to be,” said Dupont of the team’s current 8-5 record. “We just need to continue working hard and getting better; we’ll take it one game at a time. District starts in a week, and we’re hoping to be ready.”

Tuesday, Brusly will hit the road to take on Catholic of Point Coupee at 6 p.m. This weekend, the team will play in Ascension Catholic’s Tournament beginning with a Thursday game against Dunham at 3:30. Friday night the Panthers travel to St. John to play Catholic of Point Coupee again, and Sunday, they return to Ascension Catholic to face St. John at 1:30 p.m.

“All these games are winnable,” said Dupont. “We just have to do what we do best.”

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