The term “closer” usually describes a pitcher who comes on in the final innings to clinch a win. West Feliciana first baseman Terry Ferguson did the same thing with his bat.
Ferguson hit two home runs in West Feliciana’s 7-3 victory over Parkview Baptist on Saturday, including a definitive two-run shot in the top of the seventh.
“In my first at-bat, I was a little early on everything,” Ferguson said. “Jacob Burns talked to me and told me to settle down and not get out in front. That’s what I did the other two at-bats. “We’ve got to keep this up. Trey Morgan pitched a great game today. We’ve got to hit and pitch.”
Ferguson’s two-run line drive blast over the left-field fence in the seventh extended the Saints’ lead from two runs to four in the District 6-3A game at Parkview.
Morgan (5-0) scattered five hits over six innings and struck out four to keep WFHS (19-4, 5-0) unbeaten in 6-3A. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Morgan said he is 2-0 vs. PBS in his career. The teams meet again at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the West Feliciana Sportsplex.
“I tried to throw strikes and let my defense work,” Morgan said. “I was able to throw some quality pitches at the right time. Getting the lead at the start helped. We had some great swings and clutch hits, especially by Terry.”
Third baseman Cody Trisler and shortstop Ross Bujol both went 2-for-4 for the winners, who scored two runs in the top of the first and never trailed. Losing pitcher Patrick Hart (2-3) was the only player for Parkview (11-11, 4-1) with multiple hits. Hart went 2-for-3 with a double.
The Saints loaded the bases with no outs in the first. Center fielder Hunter Gonzales scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 1-0. Morgan’s courtesy runner, Jackson Culley, scored on an infield hit by Bujol.
WFHS added single runs in the second and third. Catcher Will Cupit doubled to center, just beyond the glove of PBS’ Darius Jones in the top of the second. Courtesy runner Jake Manieri scored on a single by Morgan.
Parkview got one run in the second. Third baseman Jacob Kilcrease reached on an error, moved to third on a double by Hart and scored on a passed ball. The Saints got that run right back on a solo home run to left field by Ferguson in the top of the third.
The Eagles got a run closer in the bottom of the fifth. Kilcrease led off with a walk, moved to second on a single by Hart and scored on a two-out hit by second baseman Logan Toups.
Unlike WFHS, Parkview couldn’t string together enough hits to get more than a single run.
“They hit it where we weren’t, and Morgan pitched well,” Parkview coach Darron Mitchell said. “I thought our kids competed the whole time. This is baseball; it just wasn’t our day.”
A double by Gonzales brought Manieri home with the final run for the winners.
“The big thing I keep telling our guys is you can’t get caught up looking the district standings or the other teams,” WFHS coach Gannon Achord said. “We have to take it one day at a time and get ready to play them again Monday.”