Catholic High played just about a flawless game Friday in claiming a 10-1 win over Westgate in New Iberia Senior High School’s baseball tournament.
The Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, and after giving up a run in the second didn’t allow the Tigers to score again. CHS added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings but put the game away with another four-run inning, the fifth.
CHS coach David Jordan said he’s just looking for improvement every game.
“We’re a battle-tested team now,” Jordan said. “We’ve been knocked down. We’ve got a lot of seniors, so we know how to get off the mat. But we’re still to kind of put everything together — I mean everything — baserunning, offense, small ball, pitching, pitching from all ends of it, front end, middle end, back end; defensively. We’ve yet to put it all together.”
Westgate coach David Angeron said the Tigers have played a tough pre-district schedule to prepare for the likes of St. Thomas More and Teurlings Catholic in league play.
“We’re just looking to play good competition,” Angeron said. “I scheduled a pretty grueling schedule for us in preseason to prepare us for Teurlings and St. Thomas More. We’re a little worn out and tired right now, playing six games in five games last week and four games this week against really good teams, so our guys are physically and emotionally worn down right now, but they’re prepared.
“I feel good about where we’re going and where the program’s going, and hopefully when we step on the field in district next week we’ll be mentally tougher.”
Jacob Poe pitched six innings for the win, scattering three hits and allowing one run while striking out five. Hunter Dugas struck out one in an inning.
Michael Sonn took the loss, allowing two runs and walking two without getting an out. Zain and Zachary Romero also pitched with Daylin LeBlanc closing out the game on the hill.
Spencer Broussard went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs; Kade Gonsoulin was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs; Kyle Evans had a hit with an RBI and two runs; and Poe doubled and drove in a run and to lead CHS. Broc Romero added a hit and a run, Cole Lipari had a hit and scored twice, Dugas had a hit with an RBI and a run and Dylan LeBlanc and Peter LeBlanc each scored a run.
“We played a great game tonight but I still saw some mistakes out there,” Jordan said. “For us to beat the Catholics of Baton Rouges and the Parkviews, we’ve got to eliminate those kinds of things. Obviously our pitcher Jacob Poe threw a great ballgame, so that can help you overcome. But these kids know. They’ve seen the top teams. They know what it takes, and what we expect from them.”
Sebastian Jenkins had two hits for Westgate. Zachary Romero also had a hit, Trevor Carriere had an RBI and Gannon Tauzin scored the Tigers’ run.
Westgate travels to Lafayette to play St. Thomas More Tuesday and plays host to the Cougars on Thursday.
“We take it as a new season,” Angeron said. “We’re back to zero and zero. Now we get a little more practice time, we can work on the things that we saw in the games that we need to work on with the fundamentals. We just needed the tough schedule to get us prepared mentally because that was our big weakness when we started the season was just the maturity of this group. We have a lot of seniors but they still aren’t mature baseball players. The last week I’ve seen a lot of progression as far as the mental aspect of it. We’ve come a long way and I think we’re starting to peak at the right time.”
,Jordan said staying close to home and playing quality teams like NISH and Westgate helps at this point because the Panthers have been on the road for much of the season.