Brusly baseball team reaches 30-win mark, clinches share of District 6-3A title with win over Parkview Baptist _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Parkview Baptist's Logan Toups is safe at first base as Brusly's Ben Bergeron waits on the pickoff attempt in the first inning Tuesday at Parkview Baptist.

Brusly’s baseball team halted one of the area’s landmark streaks to reach its latest milestone this season.

Not only did the Panthers continue adding to their school single-season win total, but they added at least a share of the District 6-3A championship to go with it.

Brusly (30-3, 8-1) built a 5-0 lead through three innings to back the four-hit pitching of starter Tod Gauthe en route to a 6-1 road victory Tuesday over Parkview Baptist.

The Panthers can wrap up sole possession of the league title Thursday with another win over the Eagles, who had won the district’s last 16 consecutive championships.

“They’ve been district champs forever,” Brusly third baseman Brady Richardson said. “This year we knew it was our year if we came out and did our jobs, (that) we would definitely beat them.”

Richardson (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and shortstop/relief pitcher Evan Daigle (2-4, RBI) gave Brusly a 2-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the first and RBI triple in the second.

“You always want to get a lead because it calms your pitcher down,” Brusly coach Tait Dupont said.

“Once we tacked on a few more and got a five-run lead, he could just pitch and not have to worry about being so perfect.”

Brusly extended its lead to 5-0 with three runs on four hits in the third off losing pitcher Patrick Hart, who gave up nine hits, walked six and struck out five.

The Panthers had four straight batters reach base, with the third coming on Richardson’s RBI-single to right field. They added a run on a double-play groundout and Caleb Dupont’s RBI-single up the middle.

Parkview (13-13, 6-3) wasn’t void of early scoring opportunities, loading the bases in the first and getting two runners on after an out in the second.

However in both instances Gauthe got inning-ending double plays that Daigle started at shortstop.

“Our guys competed, but Brusly pretty much controlled the game the entire time,” Parkview coach Darron Mitchell said. “We were always playing catch-up, and that’s tough to do. Those guys are good. I tip my hat to Tait and what he’s done there.”

The margin remained at five runs when the teams swapped runs — Parkview’s Connor Joffrion (1-2) doubled in the fourth, while Brusly first baseman Ben Bergeron (2-3) homered for the sixth time this season to lead off the fifth.

Gauthe (7-2) pitched into the sixth inning, walking two of five batters before giving way to Daigle. He also struck out five and threw 53 of 95 pitches for strikes.

“We’ve had two chances to win district championships in the last two years,” coach Dupont said. “We were finally able to do it and get over that hump.”