The Ponchatoula Greenwave had a tough weekend last Friday and Saturday in the South La. Shootout tournament held in the Baton Rouge area. Facing three quality opponents the Wave fell to St. Michaels 8-0 on Friday and then loss to St. Amant 7-1 and Teurlings Catholic 10-0 on Saturday. The Wave offense went cold and could manage only 1 run on 10 hits over the three game stretch.
The offensive woes continued in the District home opener on Tuesday night against Northshore. Despite another strong effort on the mound from Reid Lambert the Wave offense could only manage 2 hits on the night while suffering another shutout. Ponchatoula had a chance to tie the game in the 5th with Northshore leading 1-0 Christian Campbell singled up the middle with 2 outs then advanced to 3rd on an errand pick-off attempt but the Wave failed to get the run in when they flied out for the 3rd out. In the bottom of the 6th trailing 2-0 Ponchatoula had runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out but a fly out and a strikeout ended the inning. The Greenwave resumes district play on Thursday on the road against Covington before returning home to face Slidell on Saturday.
Reid on the mound vs. Northshore
For the third consecutive game Ponchatoula went into extra innings Tuesday night at Mandeville in the District opener. This time the Wave fell short with the Skippers pushing across the winning run in the bottom of the 8th. This marks the third 1 run loss of the season for Ponchatoula with two of the losses coming on the road in extra innings against Franklinton and Mandeville and the other on the road in the opener in the bottom of the 7th against Chalmette.
The Green Wave fell behind 3-0 after 3 innings but managed to tie the game in the top of the 7th on a two run bomb over the scoreboard in left center field by Simon Landry, his second home run in two games. Reid Lambert started on the Mound and went 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3 along the way however the Wave offense could only manage 4 hits and reliever Jacob Brown recorded the loss after hitting the first batter he faced in the bottom of the 8th, the runner advanced to 2nd on a ground ball single between short and 3rd and scored on a ground ball to right field to end the game.
The Green Wave will resume play this weekend taking on St.Michaels, St. Amant and Teurlings Catholic in the St. Amant tournament. These are all quality opponents and will serve as the final tune up before district play begins in earnest.
After falling behind 4-0 the Green Wave showed some grit in rallying to take a 8-4 victory over 5A foe Acadiana in another 10 inning contest. Acadiana cruised to a 4-0 lead until the top of the 6th when Ponchatoula began to close the gap, a pair of walks by Jeb Kraft and Aaron Malik with 2 hard hit ground balls by Nathan Tribble and Simon Landry sandwiched in between that forced Acadiana errors coupled with a Cole Wolfe RBI single allowed the greenies to post 3 runs. The Green Wave tied it in the top of the 7th when Bradley Walch drew a lead-off walk then after advancing to 2nd on a Austin Sheridian sacrifice bunt Walch scored on a Jeb Kraft RBI single to right field. After a dramatic bottom of the 7th which saw the 3rd out recorded at the plate when pitcher Brock Daniels scooped up a bunt attempt to throw the runner out at the plate and the Green Wave were headed to extra innings in their second consecutive game. Chris Ballard came on in relief of Daniels and after both teams went scoreless the next 2 innings Simon Landry sparked a big inning for the Greenies when he lead off with a solo home run to left center. The Green Wave added 3 more runs in the inning after drawing 3 walks followed by a Michael Alack RBI single and a Billy Walch RBI sacrifice fly. Ballard closed out the Rams in the bottom of the 10th to get the win and secure the Green Wave comeback.
Green Wave celebrate Simon Landry’s Home Run
Greenies celebrate the victory
A week of rain that limited practice and forced the postponement of the March 10th game with Albany finally broke on Saturday allowing for play to resume with a revised schedule to the Franklinton Tournament. The revised schedule had the Green Wave taking on Loranger and Franklinton in back to back games on Saturday at Franklinton High. In the first game against Loranger the down time from the past week showed as the Greenies came out flat to say the least. Multiple defensive errors and the ability to muster only 3 hits against the Wolves pitcher Clay Terrebone led to a five inning 12-0 loss for the Green Wave in undoubtedly the worst outing of the year for Ponchatoula.
A much better effort in the second game saw the Wave fall 6-5 in a 10 inning marathon with the Demons who are currently ranked 7th in the LHSAA class 4A power rankings. Franklinton took a 3 run lead in the bottom of the first only to see Ponchatoula battle back with 4 runs of their own in the top of the second, Collin Roberts drew a leadoff walk and scored on a past ball after advancing to 3rd on double by Aaron Malik. Walks by Bradley Walch and Michael Jacob ultimately led to runs aided by a balk and an error by the Demons to give the Wave the lead. Franklinton plated a run in their half of the inning to tie the game at 4. Nathan Tribble came on in relief of starter Simon Landry, giving up only 2 hits over 4 innings of work while recording 4 strike outs. A bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 5th allowed the Demons to take a 1 run lead. Ponchatoula battled back in the top of the 7th when Nathan Tribble drew a leadoff walk, after advancing to 2nd on a ground out by Simon Landry Tribble scored on a throwing error after an Aaron Malik single to tie the game. Jacob Brown came on in relief of Tribble in the bottom of the 7th and recorded 3 straight ground outs to force the game in to extra innings. Neither team mounted a threat until Josh Magee drew a lead off walk in the bottom of the 10th, after advancing to 2nd on a ground out Magee scored the winning run on a CJ Estave single to right center to end the game. Brown got the tough loss for Ponchatoula but pitched well allowing only 2 hits, 1 walk and recording 4 strike outs in his 2 2/3 innings of work.
Ponchatoula travels to Lafayette on Monday to take on 5A opponent Acadiana Then opens district play Tuesday on the road against Mandeville.