The Ponchatoula Baseball team got the 2017 season off to a good start when they travelled to Chalmette to take on the Owls Monday and came away with an 8-0 victory over a non-district class 5A opponent. Pitchers Brock Daniels and Austin Granier combined to get the shut out. Daniels got the win going 5 1/3 innings allowing no runs on 5 hits while striking out 6 Owl batters. Granier closed out the contest for the Green Wave allowing no runs on no hits and striking out 2 in 1 1/3 innings of work. A slew of Green Wave players contributed on offense on the way to posting 8 runs on 11 hits. Ponchatoula led 1-0 going into the top of the 3rd when they posted 4 runs in the inning fueled by back to back doubles by Nathan Tribble and Basil Williams to put Ponchy up 5-0. Ponchatoula then added 3 more runs in the top of the 6th for good measure. Cameron Stewart led the Wave offense with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s while Tribble and Williams also recorded 2 hits with 1 RBI each. Ponchatoula lead off batter Jalen Pines also had 2 hits and scored 2 runs while Billy Walch had 2 RBI’s with a Sacrifice fly and a bases loaded walk and Caleb Flanagan added an RBI base hit.
Next up for Ponchatoula they will participate in the WGNO classic with a double header Thursday starting with the Jesuit Blue Jays at 4:30 followed by Benton at 7:00
Both The Ponchatoula JV and Varsity took victories in the Jewel Sumner Jamboree on Saturday. The JV Started things off with an impressive 10-1 victory over Kentwood to get the day started for Ponchatoula.
The Varsity took on Loranger in the 2nd game of the day and had to come from behind to get the win. Loranger drew first blood by posting 2 runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Ponchatoula cut the lead in half in the top of the 2nd when Billy Walch doubled down the left field line, advanced to 3rd on a past ball then scored on a baulk. Loranger added runs in the their half of the second and 4th innings to go up 4-1. With the contest scheduled for only 6 innings or an hour and a half time limit the Green Wave found itself going into the 5th inning trailing by 3 runs. Having only accumulated 2 hits on the day Ponchatoula got the bats going with Brady Perise’s one out single followed by an RBI double to deep center by Russell Rock. Jalen Pines kept the momentum going when he smoked an RBI double of his own over the left fielders head to score Rock and put the Wave within one run at 4-3. Nathan Tribble then finished the Job with a 2 run blast over the right field wall to put Ponchatoula ahead 5-4. Thing got a little tight in the bottom of the 5th and with 2 runners on base and only 1 out Sophomore pitcher Austin Granier induced a 6-3 ground out and a infield pop up to 2nd base to preserve the victory. Senior Pitcher Chad Mull started for the Wave and went 3 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits with 4 strike outs and 1 walk. Sophomore Austin Granier went the final 1 2/3 innings with no runs on 2 hits and one hit batsman. With the Final Tune up in the books the Season starts for real this coming Monday when Ponchatoula travels to Chalmette to take on the Owls with the first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
Ponchatoula traveled to Franklinton to take on the Demons in the 2nd and final scrimmage of the 2017 pre-season and came out on top by a score of 9 – 6 after 8 innings of play. Green Wave Seniors Brock Daniels and Chad Mull, along with Sophomore Austin Granier and Freshmen Ben Johnston combined to hold the Demons to just 1 run on 5 hits through 6 innings. Juniors Caleb Flannigan and Cameron Stewart lead the Wave offense with Flannigan going 2 for 3 and scoring 1 run while Stewart was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and a run scored on the night. Senior Nathan Tribble added an RBI double in the 7th inning to put the Wave up 6-1. After Billy Walch drew a base on balls, Tribble scored on Stewart’s double and Walch crossed the plate on a RBI bloop to left field by Kole Sonnier. Ponchatoula continued to get its Freshman Pitchers some valuable experience with Colin Babin and Parker Stewart closing out the contest for Ponchatoula. The Green Wave will Take on Loranger next in The Summner Jamboree Saturday.
The Ponchatoula Green Wave Baseball team kicked off the 2017 season by hosting its annual scrimmage with a perennial contender out of the New Orleans Catholic league, the Brother Martin Crusaders.
Ponchatoula’s starting pitching combination, Seniors Chad Mull and Brock Daniels helped the Green Wave varsity starters hold their own posting a 5-4 lead after 5 innings of play. Mull gave up a lead off single in the first which later resulted in a run off of a Ponchatoula defensive error putting the crusaders up 1-0. Ponchatoula made it a 1-1 game after Russell Rock drew a lead off walk and scored on an RBI screamer down 3rd base line by Caleb Flanagan. Mull then retired the side in the second inning inducing 2 straight ground balls to short and a pop fly to 2nd base. Mull gave up 3 runs in the 3rd punctuated by a 2 RBI double to deep left center by Martins 5 hole hitter to put the crusaders up 4-1. The Green Wave pushed back to tie the game again in their half of the 3rd. After drawing 4 straight walks including an RBI base on balls by Flanagan, Cameron Stewart’s single to right tied the game at 4-4. Brock Daniels took the mound for Ponchy and recorded 3 strike outs in the 4th inning and retired the side in the top of the 5th to hold Martin scoreless. Ponchatoula took its first lead in the5th inning when Caleb Flanagan doubled then advanced to third on Stewart’s second straight single. Flanagan scored when Lane Pierson chopped an RBI single up the middle over the pitchers head to put Ponchatoula up 5-4. With the first session scheduled for 8 innings and the Green Wave coaching staff knowing what the have with Daniels and Mull they elected to use some of their younger arms the rest of the way and although the work was valuable experience, Brother Martins powerful line up was just too much posting 7 more runs along the way to a 13-5 victory. Caleb Flanagan Led the Wave on offense going 3 for 3 with 2 singles and a double, Cameron Stewart went 2 for 4 and had back to back singles in the 3rd and 5th innings. Lane Pierson added an RBI single and Chase Mack also singled for Ponchatoula.
In the second session scheduled for 6 innings Coach Brechtel played the JV while the Crusaders appeared to continue to play most if not all of their varsity starters and while the young guys hung tough for a while once again Brother Martin was just too powerful with the bats and took the victory. However Sophomore right handed pitcher Austin Granier made a strong push to join the starting rotation with a good showing on the mound to start the game by holding the crusaders in check for several innings before being replaced with some younger pitchers.
Ponchatoula’s second and final scrimmage of the season is scheduled for this coming Wednesday Feb. in Franklinton at 4:00 p.m.