BRUSLY — Stormy weather and Parkview Baptist put up a roadblock in Brusly’s path to an undisputed District 6-3A baseball championship Thursday.
The visiting Eagles scratched out two runs in the third inning and loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth before the thunderstorms came, forcing the teams off the field.
When conditions didn’t improve, coaches Tait Dupont and Darron Mitchell agreed to suspend the game and finish it at 4 p.m. Friday. The game will resume at the point it was suspended in the top of the fourth and Parkview leading 2-0.
The game took on added importance when West Feliciana topped University High 6-1 on Tuesday. If Parkview (13-13, 6-3 in district) holds on for the win, Brusly (30-3, 8-1) finishes in a first place tie with West Feliciana. If Brusly can come back and win, the Panthers are outright district champions.
“We’ll try to get out of this jam,” Brusly coach Tait Dupont said. “We struggled early. (Starting pitcher Rhett) Frioux had a rough outing and threw way too many pitches, 82 in three innings, and we walked some guys..
“Hopefully we can minimize it and get out of the inning with just one run. I just told the kids we have to come ready to play tomorrow,” he said.
Frioux struck out six in three innings but also walked four. One of his walks was to Logan Toups, who scored the first Parkview run in the third on a two-out single by Sam O’Brien. O’Brien stole second and scored on a single by Jared Kilcrease.
The Eagles loaded the bases in the fourth on walks to Ross Powers and Will Nelson sandwiched around a double by Darius Jones.
Parkview starter Will Foreman also walked two in the first inning, but the Panthers couldn’t capitalize, and Foreman pitched three innings of no-hit ball before the rains came.
It will be a busy afternoon at the Brusly spring sports complex on Friday, with the completion of the baseball game set for 4 p.m. and the sixth-seeded Lady Panthers facing No. 22 Erath in Class 4A regional softball action at 5 p.m.