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Panthers cruise to first round victory

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

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Thursday, May 1st, the sixth seeded Brusly Panthers baseball squad played in the first round of Class 3A playoffs at home against the number 27-seeded Patterson Lumberjacks.

The Panthers hammered the Lumberjacks with a final score of 10-0 in a five inning game.

“We played so well as a team,” said the Panthers’ Head Coach Tait Dupont.

In the first three innings, Patterson was able to hold Brusly 1-0, but in the bottom of the fourth, the Lumberjacks were defenseless against the powerful Panthers’ bats. The Panthers scored seven runs in the fourth inning alone.

“It was a pretty close game until that point,” said Dupont. “We just decided to start hitting. They pitched three different guys, but we hit pretty well off of all three.”

Luke LeBlanc pitched the winning game for the Panthers. LeBlanc only gave up a single hit throughout the game.

“He pitched really well,” said Dupont. “I don’t think we even walked a single batter.”

Of the 12 hits delivered by the Panthers, 10 resulted in scored runs.

Blake Manola was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a double while Kwanston Adkins batted 2-for-3 and Evan Daigle was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Luke LeBlanc was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Beau Witty was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Austin Watts was 1-for-3, Landon Andre was 1-for-1, and Connor Manola was 1-for-2.

“Patterson looked like a really good team,” said Dupont. “They had 19 wins in the season, but we came out and played a little better that day.”

For regionals, the Panthers played host to number 11 seeded Erath Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m., after the West Side Journal’s deadline.

“If we just take care of what we do and play Brusly baseball, we’ll be fine,” said Dupont. “We just have to continue to bat well, play good defense, and make those clutch hits.”

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