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Brusly upbeat despite losses to top-ranked E.D. White

Written by John Dupont on .

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E.D. White last put a gap between Brusly and the 7-3A baseball championship.

The Cardinals (15-1, 6-0) – ranked No. 1 in Class 3A — defeated the Panthers in both district outings last week.

Brusly (14-4, 4-2) won’t push the panic button just yet, coach Tait Dupont said.

The Panthers lost 3-2 Tuesday in Thibodeaux and 8-4 Thursday at Brusly’s Charles Marionneaux Field.

“Those two games won’t make the season – it’s not over, by far,” Dupont said. “The playoffs are what matter most.”

A No. 5 spot in the power rankings keeps the Panthers on solid ground as the district race rolls into the second round.

“We have some pretty big games remaining, and so does E.D. White,” Dupont said. “There’s a lot of baseball left to play.”

The Panthers took out their frustrations Saturday in an 8-2 win at Dunham.

Brusly hosts St. James at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Panthers host St. Charles at 4 p.m. April 2. Brusly visits the Comets at 4 p.m. April 4.

E.D. WHITE

In action at Thibodaux, the Panthers posted six hits against five for the Cardinals, but BHS couldn’t pull from an EDW three-run rally in the second.

Kwanston Adkins (2-2) led the Panthers with two RBI, a solo homer to center in the third and one base-on-balls.

Logan Smith scored on an Adkins single to right in the top of the fifth. Smith reached base on a fielder’s choice to third.

In the Thursday game, the Panthers gave up three runs apiece in the second and fifth en route to their second loss to the Cards.

Brusly committed six errors against the visiting Cards.

“We played pretty good Tuesday, but Thursday was just horrible,” Dupont said. “You won’t win a game with six errors

“We just didn’t execute well in any facet of the game,” he said.

EDW finished with 11 hits and Brusly six.

Taylor Prejean posted two hits for the Panthers.

Beau Witty scored the first Panther run off a bases-loaded walk in the third.

The Panthers got a little help in the bottom of the sixth off a Blake Manola triple to right that brought home Zack Bellelo and Landon Andre.

A Cameron Willis sacrifice drove home Manola later in the inning.

Logan Barbera tripled two runs in the third. Barbera also knocked a double to left in the third.

Things got ugly for the Panthers when in the fifth Payton Coddon scored off a Seth Gruvois single to left and Shane Fulse reached home on a Toups one-bagger to second.

Gruvois scored on a Barbera fielder’s choice.

DUNHAM

The Panthers scored seven runs – six in the second inning – to roar past Dunham.

Willis scored the opening run on a pitcher’s error.

A Smith bases-loaded walk scored Andre in the top of the second. Smith reached home on a Manola single to third.

Manola (3-4, two runs) scored on a Luke LeBlanc sacrifice fly, while Taylor Prejean reached home after Cullen Prejean (2-4) got to base off an error at third.

Manola also scored off a LeBlanc single to right in the fourth.

LeBlanc took the win at the mound. He struck out three.

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