In what was probably their best game on the year the Green Wave got a 5 – 0 victory over a strong North Shore Panther team on Tuesday night at Athletic park on Senior Night. Senior Right Hander Brock Daniels shined on the Mound with the complete game giving up no runs on 3 hits while striking out 7 Panther batters. Ponchatoula’s defense was near perfect committing only 1 error while turning a double play in the 3rd inning. The Wave offense posted 5 runs in the 2nd inning and Daniels and the defense did the rest as the Green Wave held on for the win. Ponchatoula posted 5 runs on 5 hits with Cameron Stewart going 2 for 2 on the night while Senior catcher Brady Perise was 2 for 3 with an RBI. The Win likely keeps the Green Wave’s play off hopes alive as they went into the game sitting in the 33rd spot in the latest updated LHSAA power ratings that came out today. Ponchatoula faces arch rival Hammond in Hammond on Thursday and closes out the season at Albany on Saturday and will likely need to win both games to stay alive in the play off race.
Ponchatoula needed a win in a bad way and got one Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Parish rival the Hammond Tornado’s at Athletic Park to close out the first round of District 6-5A play. Following the Losses to Slidell and Rummel Ponchatoula let a 3-1 lead slip away in the bottom of the 6th at St. Paul and followed that up by failing to hold a 2 run lead over Fontainebleau at home when the Bulldogs posted 4 runs in the top of the 7th with 2 outs to steal the win. On the road against Northshore the Green Wave allowed the Panthers to take an early lead and cruise to a 5 -1 victory With the Panthers pitching not allowing the Ponchatoula offense to ever really get on track.
In Saturday’s match-up vs. Hammond, the Tor’s got out to an early 1 run lead when lead-off batter Kenny Bell reached on an E6. After advancing to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt Bell scored when Reed Roberts hit an RBI single between 3rd and Short. Ponchatoula took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 3rd when Brock Daniels hit a 1 out double to the left center wall, after a ground out to 3rd Shane Stewart drew a 2 out walk and Basil Williams got an RBI bloop single to shallow right to score Daniels. Logan Lacroix and Chase Mack drew back to back walks to push Stewart across and put Ponchatoula up 2-1 before Hammond pitcher Ryan Fussell got Brady Perise grounded out to 3rd to end the inning. Ponchatoula added another run in the 5th when Basil Williams reached on a dropped 3rd strike then after advancing to 2nd on a passed ball Williams stole 3rd then scored on a wild pitch. Hammond mounted a threat in the bottom of the 6th when Reed Roberts reached on an E5 to lead off the inning Then Brent Williams singled to left and Conner Power drew a walk to load the bases. Jonah Kyle Traylor single up the middle to score Roberts but pinch runner John Francis was thrown out on the play at the plate by Ponchatoula center fielder Russell Rock to end the inning. Brock Daniels went the complete game for Ponchatoula and closed out the 7th inning for the Green Wave to preserve the win. Daniels went 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 6 strike outs for the win. Fussell took the loss for Hammond going 6 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while recording 8 strike outs. Ponchatoula will start round 2 of District play this Tuesday when they take on Covington at Athletic Park