The Berwick High School baseball team celebrates in its dogpile after defeating Iota High School, 7-2, in the Class 3A state championship game at McMurry Park in Sulphur Saturday. Berwick won its first state baseball championship in 40 years.

Above, the players and head coach Brandon Bravata celebrate in the team’s dogpile near the mound following the final out. Berwick concludes its season with a 29-8 mark.

(The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute) Berwick High poses with its 3A state championship trophy after defeating Iota, 7-2, Saturday in the finals at McMurry Park in Sulphur. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute) When Berwick High School’s Kyle Boudreaux stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth inning with Berwick already ahead 5-1 in the Class 3A finals against Iota, he remembered how his coach had preached to the team just before the inning how it was time to break open its contest with Iota.

The Panthers, who led 3-1 entering the inning, already had scored two runs in the frame and had runners at second base and third base with two outs in the top the sixth. Boudreaux looked at the scoreboard and saw it was the prime opportunity to finish the job, and he put an exclamation point on Berwick’s championship season, driving in two runs en route to an eventual 7-2 Berwick victory.

It was the Panthers’ first state baseball title since 1978. They had been to the state title game three times since, most recently in 1994, but came up empty. Read more from…

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