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Panthers topple Pelicans in district play

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

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Longstanding West Baton Rouge rivals, Brusly and Port Allen, faced each other last week with the Panthers dominating the Pelicans in two clean sweeps.

Tuesday, Brusly beat Port Allen 10-0 for the Panthers Senior Night.

“They have more guys and more experience, and the better team won,” said Port Allen Baseball Head Coach Josh Laborde. “They’re a top 10 team for a reason.”

Luke LeBlanc pitched for the Panthers, while Alex Hebert threw for the Pelicans. Brusly’s top hitters included Austin Watts (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI), Luke LeBlanc (2-for-4 with two RBI), and Blake Manola (2-for-3 with three runs scored).

Port Allen’s Lorenzo Osborne got Port Allen’s only hit of the game.

Thursday, Brusly slammed Port Allen with an 18-0 win.

Brusly’s Landon Blank was the winning pitcher for the Panthers.

Three Panthers batted 1.000 on the day. Kwanston Adkins batted a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Luke LeBlanc was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI, while Connor Manola was 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Zach Bellelo was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

“We had 17 hits altogether,” said Brusly’s Head Baseball Coach Tait Dupont. “Pretty much everyone in our lineup got a hit.”

Alex Hebert hit a single for Port Allen, while Lorenzo Osborne stole two bases.

“Our pitchers came out and did what they’ve been doing all season,” said Dupont. “They did what they were supposed to, and now we have a chance at district championship. The team performed really well against Port Allen on all levels. We played defense well, pitched well, and hit well.”

This week, the Panthers play at Parkview Baptist on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and again Friday in Brusly at 6:30 p.m.

With a Brusly victory Wednesday, the Panthers will be playing for the title of district champions Friday. Brusly plays their final scheduled game of the season Saturday at home at 1 p.m. against St. Martinville.

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