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Panthers strengthen further

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

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Brusly’s baseball team’s win streak ended at seven as the Panthers lost their first game last week, but didn’t let the loss get to them as they bounced back with victories on Thursday and Saturday.

Last Tuesday, the Panthers’ seven-game win streak was brought to a halt at West Feliciana as they lost 7-4 to the Saints.

“I really felt like that one got away,” said Brusly Head Baseball Coach Tait Dupont. “We had seven errors and gave up seven runs. All of their runs were unearned.”

Landon Andre was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI while Austin Watts was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Luke LeBlanc batted 1-for-3 with an RBI. Kwanston Adkins hit 1-for-3 with a double.

Though the Panthers had no trouble hitting, the offense struggled to score.

“We had bases loaded three times and didn’t get any runs. We left 13 guys on base,” said Dupont.

On Thursday, Brusly rebounded at home with a 7-3 victory over the same West Feliciana team that had defeated them a few days prior.

“West Feliciana returned the favor by making five errors,” said Dupont.

Landon Blank was the winning pitcher. Top batters included Luke LeBlanc (1-for-4 with three RBI), Blake Manola (1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI) and Kwanston Adkins (2-for-3 and three runs scored).

“We played really well; it was a great game,” said Dupont. “When we come ready to play and worry about ourselves instead of who we’re playing, we do just fine.”

On Saturday, the Panthers continued with their momentum, crushing non-district foe Family Christian Academy 11-1.

Beau Witty was named winning pitcher.

Brusly had no shortage of hot bats as several Panthers had strong plate appearances. Austin Watts was 2-for-4 with two RBI; Evan Daigle was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI; Kwanston Adkins was 2-for-3 with a homerun and an RBI; Blake Manola was 1-for-1 with a triple; and Connor Manola was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

“Adkins has been playing really well,” complimented Dupont. “He’s good at fielding, batting, running; he’s good everywhere. When he and Blake Manola get on base, they usually score.”

This week, Brusly will play Tuesday at U-High at 4 p.m., Thursday at home against U-High at 6:30 p.m., and Livonia Saturday at home at 1:30 p.m.

“This is a really challenging week for us,” said Dupont. “Both teams are really good competition. We just need to come out and focus on our baseball.” 

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