Morgan City High School's Caleb Landry celebrates with teammate Morrquise Charles after Charles crosses home plate following a home run in Tuesday's District 7-4A contest against South Lafourche. Morgan City, ranked No. 25 in the latest Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 4A rankings, upset top seed South Lafourche, 9-7. The two teams will play again Thursday at South Lafourche at 6 p.m. (The Daily Review/Mico Aloisio)
MCHS upsets 4A No. 1 South Lafourche, 9-7
The Morgan City Tigers picked up their biggest win of the season Tuesday as they upset District 7-4A foe and Class 4A’s top-ranked squad, South Lafourche, 9-7.
With the game tied at 7 entering the bottom of the sixth, Morgan City pushed across two runs on Ross Albritton’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-7 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Morgan City escaped a South Lafourche threat with runners on first and second and two outs when Logan Tingle recorded his eight strikeout of the night for the game’s final out.
Tingle pitched a complete game and surrendered seven runs (two earned) on six hits with six walks and one hit batter.
Early on, South Lafourche took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, while Morgan City countered with two runs in the bottom of the third for a 2-1 advantage.
While South Lafourche retook the lead at 3-2 in the top of the fourth, Morgan City again snatched away the lead in the bottom of the frame with five runs for a 7-3 lead.
South Lafourche tied the score at 7 in the top of the sixth.
Morgan City overcame five errors for the win, while South Lafourche committed a single miscue.
Offensively, Morrquise Charles and Tingle led Morgan City. Charles was 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs, while Tingle was 1-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs. Other top Morgan City offensive contributors were Albritton, 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run; and Kade Dupre, 1-for-2, two RBIs and two runs.
Morgan City (11-14 overall, 3-2 in district) will return to action Thursday when it travels to face South Lafourche at 6 p.m.
Two pitchers combined for a no-hitter, and Central Catholic’s offense scored 11 runs as the Eagles run-ruled Highland Baptist, 11-0, in District 7-1A action in New Iberia Tuesday.
Central Catholic pitchers Bryce Grizzaffi and Grant Stansbury combined to hold the Bears hitless in the five-inning run-rule victory.
Grizzaffi, who earned the win, pitched the first four innings and surrendered three walks, hit one batter and fanned six. Stansbury pitched an inning and fanned two.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when the Eagles put five runs on the board. Central Catholic added six more runs in the top of the fifth.
Stansbury led the Eagles’ offense with a 3-for-3 performance with a triple, two RBIs, a stolen base and two runs. Other top Central Catholic offensive contributors were Bryce Grizzaffi, 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs; Luke Barbier, 2-for-3, a double, three RBIs and two runs; and Tyler Longman, 2-for-3, a double and two RBIs.
Central Catholic (13-8, 3-0) will return to action when it faces Archbishop Shaw Thursday in a nondistrict contest at Nicholls. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.
Berwick tops Kaplan
The Berwick Panthers defeated Kaplan, 7-1, in District 8-3A action at Kaplan Tuesday.
While Berwick trailed 1-0 after Kaplan scored a run in the bottom of the third, the Panthers responded with a combined seven unanswered runs in the next four innings for the win. Berwick scored a run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before plating four runs in the top of the seventh.
Patrick Robertson and Zeph Hoffpauir combined to toss a two-hitter, with Robertson earning the win. In six innings, Robertson surrendered one unearned run on two hits with one walk and fanned eight. Hoffpauir pitched an inning and fanned one.
Offensively, Kyle Pitre and Hoffpauir led the offense. Pitre finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs, while Hoffpauir was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a run. Other top Berwick offensive contributors were: Brett Williams, 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI; Robertson, 1-for-3, two RBIs; Lucas Hatch, 1-for-4, an RBI; and Kyle Boudreaux, an RBI.
Berwick (15-7, 5-0) will return to action Thursday when it hosts Kaplan.
The Patterson Lumberjacks fell to Erath, 17-10, in District 8-3A action in Erath Tuesday.
While Patterson led 2-0 in the top of the first inning, Erath scored six in the bottom of the frame, two more in the second, three in the third and two more in the fourth for a 13-2 advantage after four innings.
Patterson responded with four runs in the top of the fifth to cut its deficit to 13-6 before Erath countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to push its lead to 15-6.
The Lumberjacks scored four runs in the top of the sixth, and the Bobcats responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth for the final margin.
Reid Perkins suffered the loss. In 1.1 innings, he surrendered eight runs (eight earned) on five hits with three walks, one hit batter and one strikeout.
Randy Paul led Patterson’s offense with a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles, five RBIs and two runs. Other top Patterson offensive contributors were: Reid Perkins, 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and three runs; Hayden Pinho, 1-for-3, a double, two RBIs and a run; and Joseph Larson, 1-for-2, two RBIs.
Patterson (9-12, 3-4) will return to action Thursday when it hosts Erath in a 5 p.m. contest.