BRUSLY — District 6-3A rivals Parkview Baptist and Brusly finished their final showdown of the regular season Friday. The game was suspended Thursday by wind and rain, and Friday’s delayed outcome wasn’t a happy one for the home team.
In fact, the game was over almost before the tailgaters in the parking lot could finish their leftovers from Thursday. Parkview, already leading 2-0 when the game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning, tacked on eight runs in that inning and capped the fifth with a nifty, game-ending double play for a 10-0, five inning victory.
“Today, we got a little glimpse of what we can do, “Parkview coach Phillip Hawke said, “and hopefully we can ride that into the playoffs. It all comes down to these players, and today, they pushed each other and pulled for each other and they backed each other up.
“They know what they’re capable of, and today, they executed and played to their ability.”
Hawke was filling in for head coach Darron Mitchell who was serving a one-game suspension for an innings-rule violation by one of their pitchers in an earlier game. Mitchell self-reported the infraction when he discovered it.
Friday’s action started with Parkview (14-13, 7-3 in District 6-3A) batting in the top of the fourth with no outs and the bases loaded. Their No. 9 batter, Nathan Boe, started things rolling with a two-strike bloop single to left, scoring two runs. Patrick Hart beat out a bunt single before shortstop Sam O’Brien, who finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs, drove in two more with a single.
Jared Kilcrease followed with an RBI double, and by the time Brady Richardson, the Panthers’ second pitcher of the inning, struck out Will Nelson to end the inning, the Eagles were up by 10.
O’Brien said he thinks Parkview is poised for a playoff run.
“We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity,” he said. “I don’t think we’d found our identity, but we might have found it today. There are so many capable people throughout this lineup, one through nine that If we get our confidence up, we’ll be scary, come May.”
Starting pitcher Will Foreman no-hit Brusly (30-4, 8-2) through three innings on Thursday, but Hawke chose to hand the ball to Andrew Lemoine for the continuation.
“Foreman came down with an illness today,” Hawke said,” but it worked out good because we needed to see what (Lemoine) can do against a real quality opponent. He came in and closed the door.”
The game ended a wild week in District 6-3A. West Feliciana defeated Brusly 9-8 and University High 6-1 to pull within half a game of Brusly, and the Parkview win means that the Saints and the Panthers finish in a tie for the district championship.
“We have nothing to hang our heads about,” Brusly coach Tait Dupont said. “Parkview came out today and hit the ball. We didn’t hit yesterday, and we didn’t hit today.
“But we’re 30-4, and, guess what? We know what our goal is, and when the brackets come out on Sunday, everybody is zero and zero.”