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The Berwick High School baseball team celebrates in its dogpile after defeating Iota High School, 7-2, in the Class 3A state championship game at McMurry Park in Sulphur Saturday. Berwick won its first state baseball championship in 40 years. Above, the players and head coach Brandon Bravata celebrate in the team's dogpile near the mound following the final out. Berwick concludes its season with a 29-8 mark. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Berwick High poses with its 3A state championship trophy after defeating Iota, 7-2, Saturday in the finals at McMurry Park in Sulphur. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Berwick tops Iota for 1st baseball title in 40 years

When Berwick High School’s Kyle Boudreaux stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth inning with Berwick already ahead 5-1 in the Class 3A finals against Iota, he remembered how his coach had pre

Berwick High School's six senior baseball players graduated on Field 41 at McMurry Park Thursday in Sulphur prior to the team's Class 3A semifinal contest against top-seed Sterlington. The Panthers' seniors graduated away from home because the school's graduation was held the same day as the 3A semifinals. Graduates, from left, are Lucas Hatch, Kyle Pitre, Patrick Robertson, Kyle Boudreaux, Reid Wiley and Denver Jenkins. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Seth Canty, left, and Shayne Berger celebrate following No. 4 Berwick High School's 8-6 upset victory of No. 1 Sterlington in one Class 3A semifinal Thursday at McMurry Park in Sulphur. Berwick will play for the Class 3A title Saturday against No. 3 Iota, which defeated No. 2 Brusly, 3-0, in the other 3A semifinal Thursday. Berwick and Iota will square off Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Field 40 at McMurry Park. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Berwick High School's Kyle Pitre pitches during the Panthers' semifinal contest against Sterlington Thursday at McMurry Park in Sulphur. Berwick, Class 3A's fourth-ranked seed, upset top-ranked Sterlington, 8-6, to advance to the school's first state baseball title game since 1994. The Panthers last won a baseball title in 1978. Berwick will face No. 3 Iota Saturday in the 3A title game on Field 40 at McMurry Park. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Graduate-level play: No. 4 Berwick holds off top-ranked Sterlington, 8-6, to advance to 3A title game

After watching Berwick High School’s six seniors graduate on the field prior to the team’s Class 3A semifinal contest against top-ranked Sterlington Thursday at McMurry Park, the fourth-ranked Pant

Berwick High School's Kyle Pitre, shown pitching against Eunice in game 1 of the quarterfinals, has been a major part of the team's pitching success this season. He, along with Mitchell Sanford, have led Berwick High School's pitching staff this season. The unit features quality and depth as the Panthers have combined for an ERA of 2.21. Berwick, Class 3A's fourth-ranked squad, will continue postseason play Thursday when it meets top-ranked Sterlington in a Class 3A semifinal contest at McMurry Park in Sulphur at 7:30 p.m. (The Daily Review/Mico Aloisio)

Berwick High pitching staff has been crucial to team's success

During preseason practice, Berwick High School assistant baseball coach Lud Henry, who also works with the pitching staff, watched his pitchers throwing bullpens and knew he had a talented group.

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