Brusly High can clinch at least a share of the District 6-3A baseball title with a victory in one of its two meetings with Parkview Baptist this week.
Parkview Baptist (13-12, 6-2) has won 16 straight district titles. Brusly (29-3, 7-1) won its last district title in 2010 when the teams were different Class 3A districts.
Brusly plays at Parkview Baptist Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Parkview travels to Brusly Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
This is the third season for Brusly in powerful District 6-3A, which sports four teams ranked in the top 12 in Class 3A power rankings. West Feliciana (20-6, 6-2) and University (16-12, 5-3) also meet this week and are still in the race with two games remaining.
West Feliciana is the home team Tuesday, and University is the home team Thursday.
“It would mean a lot to us to win this tough district,” Brusly coach Tait Dupont said. “Winning district is one of our goals. We had our chances the last two years but didn’t get it done.
“We know it’s not an easy task to win at Parkview. Parkview is a solid team and plays good defense.”
Brusly keeps breaking its school record for wins with each victory. The previous record of 26 wins was set by the 1993 and 2013 teams.
Parkview Baptist coach Darron Mitchell said Brusly’s pitching depth and aggressive offensive style are concerns.
“If we can make pitches and plays, I don’t see a high-scoring game from either team,” Mitchell said. “They should be fun games. We’re trying to win district. There are a lot of power points on board for all four of us in these games.”
Parkview will start Patrick Hart (2-3, 2 saves, 4.2 ERA) Tuesday, while Brusly will counter with Tod Gauthe (6-2, 3.16 ERA, 52 Ks). Wes Anderson (5-3, 2.18 ERA) gets the start Thursday for Parkview. Dupont said he’d counter with either Evan Daigle (7-1, 2.81 ERA, 55 Ks), Tyler Theriot (7-0, 2.56 ERA, 44 Ks) or Rhett Frioux (5-0, 1.52 ERA, 36 Ks).
“Pitching and defense is where you win games,” Dupont said. “We’ve had that all year long, and our team fielding percentage of .970 is very strong. We’re playing good baseball.”
Leading Brusly hitters include Evan Daigle (.417, 34 RBIs, 7 HRs), Brady Richardson (.419, 35 RBIs, 3 HRs), Austin Rivault (.425, 21 RBIs) and Gauthe (.378, 30 RBIs).
Leadoff hitter Daigle sets the tone and has 12 doubles.
Leading Parkview hitters include senior shortstop Sam O’Brien (.360), junior Jared Kilcrease (.345), Hart (.326) and junior outfielder Ross Powers (.313).
“I like the way we’re pitching now,” Mitchell said. “Wes Anderson competes. We’ve got to get some more timely hits. If we can get on base, we can make things happen with our speed.”
Others to watch
Walker High (19-9, 8-0) can wrap up at least a share of the District 4-5A title with a win over Denham Springs (16-11, 4-4). The Wildcats host DSHS at 6:30 p.m. Zachary (19-10, 7-1) travels to Central (15-13, 3-5) also at 6:30.
Wins by both Zachary and Walker would set it a 4-5A title showdown on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Zachary Youth Park.