Things couldn’t look much better right now for the Brusly baseball team, but coach Tait Dupont hopes the best is yet to come.
The Panthers blazed through competition in the Sam Distefano Classic at Plaquemine High School, where Dupont spent the early days of his coaching career.
Brusly chalked two no-hitters and a one-hitter in the tournament.
“We had good pitching, good defense and good hitting,” Dupont said. “We’re just playing good baseball.”
The large crop of returnees from last season plays a huge role in the team’s success, Dupont said.
“All these kids started last year, so they have really learned to play well together,” he said. “Our pitching is outstanding and we can even bunt people when we need to do it.
“We’re doing all the little things right,” Dupont said. “If we continue that way, we should be successful.”
It’s much too early to begin the celebration, he said.
“The kids are really excited, but I tell them we can’t look ahead,” Dupont said. “We can’t take anyone for granted because this is all about power ratings – the more games you win, the higher the ranking.
“We have to handle each game one at a time without looking far ahead,” he said. “We want to get the highest seed in the playoffs so maybe we can play at home for the first couple of games.”
The Panthers drew a No. 3 ranking in the state 3A polls by Excalibur. Ken Ramsey lists BHS at No. 4.
District 7-3A rival E.D. White – who hosts Brusly in the district opener Tuesday – holds the top spot in both polls.
Brusly was set to face 5A Central on Tuesday and compete in the Ascension Catholic Tournament Friday and Saturday in Donaldsonville.
The Panthers open at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Assumption. BHS tangles with University High at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Ascension Christian at 3:45 p.m.
“We can’t take anyone for granted – it’s one day at a time,” Dupont said. “We’re doing all the little things right, so if we continue that way, we’ll be successful.”
Here’s a look at the Panther outings in the Distefano tournament:
VS. HANSON — A Taylor Prejean no-hitter over seven innings paved the way for a 10-0 win over Hanson. He struck out five and walked two.
Cullen Prejean’s RBI single – one of his three total RBIs — in the first and an Adkins sacrifice fly in the second paved the way for the Panther lead.
Adkins, Willis, Cullen Prejean and Luke LeBlanc hammered doubles for the Panthers.
Adkins, Witty, Zach Bellelo and Brennan Allen also notched RBIs.
VS. PLAQUEMINE — Cullen Prejean allowed the Green Devils one hit in a 10-0 shutout in the final game of the Sam Distefano Classic.
Prejean allowed PHS no walks or earned runs. He struck out 10 across seven innings.
Kwanston Adkikns belted two doubles and two RBIs to power the Panthers.
VS. BROADMOOR — Witty allowed Broadmoor one hit across 4 1/3 innings in an 11-1 win in the opening game.
Blake Manola (2-2) led the way with a triple, two runs and one RBI for the Panthers.
Witty drove in four RBIs, while Taylor Prejean brought in two. Willis and Cullen Prejean also had RBIs.