There was a little of the old and a lot of the new on hand Tuesday night when Parkview Baptist hosted Catholic-New Iberia for a nondistrict baseball game.
The Eagles showed they are adjusting comfortably to first-year head coach Emrick Jagneaux as they won a pitcher’s duel 2-0 behind the performance of right-hander Peyton Callender.
The win was Parkview’s 12th in 13 games this season, and the program’s 800th overall. The old guard, former PBS coaches M.L. Woodruff and Darron Mitchell, were in attendance for the milestone. The duo, who won a combined 12 state titles at Parkview, watched the game together from the stands.
“It’s a great tradition here. I’m just glad they let me be part of it,” Jagneaux said. “The teams before us have done a great job of winning baseball games and setting the tradition that we have here. All we’re trying to do is just carry it on.”
Like many games Parkview has won, the difference against Catholic-NI was strong pitching and solid defense.
The Eagles played error-free behind Callender, who went all seven innings. He threw 74 pitches to 23 batters, and gave up three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
“(Callender) commanded the zone real well, and didn’t walk anybody,” Jagneaux said. “It's easier to pitch when the wind’s blowing in, but, I tell you what, he did a great job on the mound. We’re real pleased with where he’s at right now.”
The Panthers' Dylan Leblanc also went the distance. He had five strikeouts and two walks, but gave up four hits and two runs.
Callender helped himself in the second inning when he beat out an infield single to shortstop. Courtesy runner Kyle Washington took third on Dustin Philippe’s single, and scored on Brett Suits’ sacrifice fly to right.
The Eagles picked up an unearned run in the sixth. Philippe singled to drive in Beau Comardelle, who had moved to second on an infield single and a throwing error.
Catholic-NI (7-6) got a leadoff single from Hunter Dugas in the fifth. Two ground ball outs moved him over to third, but Callender struck out Kolby Presley to end the threat.
The Panthers also got a leadoff single from Cole Lipari in the fourth, but he was erased by a double play. The other Panthers hit was a two-out third-inning single by Andrew Thompson.
“Hats off to (Callender). He had our number,” Catholic-NI coach David Jordan said. “We had maybe four balls hit hard the entire game, and that was without a lot of tilt in his pitches. And, of course, defensively they’re rock solid. They don’t make mistakes.”