With the final home game of the 2015 season, Ponchatoula honored its Seniors on Senior night at Athletic Park on Tuesday night. However district foe St. Paul put a damper on the evening by snapping the Green wave’s 2 game district win streak with a 5-2 victory. Seniors Aaron Malik and Bradley Walch each had a hit as the Wave compiled a total of 7 hits but stranded 7 base runners including a bases loaded 2nd inning to stall out offensively. Brock Daniels took the loss going 6 innings on the mound for Ponchatoula and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks while striking out only 1 St. Paul batter. Ponchatoula took an early lead in the second when Aaron Malik lead off with a stand up double to the left center wall, and after a pair of walks by Collin Roberts and Bradley Walch, courtesy runner Johnathan Boudreaux scored on a Jeb Kraft 1 out RBI single, however a pair of fly outs ended the threat with the bases loaded. The Wolves then chipped away with 2 runs in the 3rd another in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to take a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. Ponchatoula attempted a rally when Jeb Kraft reached on a 1 out single and advanced to 2nd on a Michael Jacob infield single. Kraft then stole 3rd and scored on a Nathan Tribble RBI single. With 2 outs and Tribble and Jacob on base and the tying run at the plate St. Paul ended the threat by getting Simon Landry to ground out to short to end the game.
Ponchatoula stands with an overall record 13-13 and 5-7 in the district and has road games with Hammond and Slidell remaining in the season and needs victories in both to finish the district at 500 as well as to keep any post season hopes alive.
Congrat’s to the 2015 Seniors – Bradley.Aaron,Christian & Colden
Seniors with parents and Coach Brechtel
Coming off a win last Friday night the Green wave kept the momentum going with a make-up district game vs. Covington Monday night at Athletic Park in a what is becoming a typical Ponchy vs. Covington wild affair. After giving up a run in the first Ponchatoula responded in their half of the inning by scoring 3 runs, Christian Campbell lead off with a double to left field and advanced to 3rd when Nathan Tribble singled, Campbell then scored when Simon Landry single to left field moving Tribble into scoring position. Both runners advanced with an Aaron Malik sacrifice bunt, Tribble scored on a passed ball and Landry scored on a Collin Roberts RBI single to left. The Lions closed the gap with a run in the top of the 3rd but Ponchatoula extended the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th when Christian Campbell lead off with his 2nd double of the game and after advancing to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt from Nathan Tribble Campbell scored on a passed ball. The Wave added a run when Simon Landry scored on a Collin Roberts single to right center to take a 5-2 lead into the top of the 6th. Covington got 2 runs in the top of the 6th to close the gap to 5-4 then added 3 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 7-5 lead. The Green Wave showed some true grit and fought back in the bottom of the 7th when Nathan Tribble hit a 1 out single to left field, Simon Landry then reached on a dropped 3rd strike and after Tribble advanced to 3rd on a passed ball he scored when Aaron Malik reached on a fielders choice. Courtesy runner Johnathan Boudreaux scored by advancing on 3 passed balls by the Lions to tie the game. After a walk by Cole Wolfe pinch runner Jalen Pines advanced to 3rd but was thrown out at the plate after the Lion pitcher bounced ball 4 to Bradley Walch but the ball took a good bounce back to the catcher who flipped it to the pitcher covering for the 3rd out to keep the game tied. Jacob Brown retired the side in the top of the 8th with 2 strike outs and a ground out to 2nd to end the lions half of the inning. Jeb Kraft drew a lead-off walk and the lion pitching woes continued as Kraft advanced on the bases and then scored on a combination of wild pitches and passed balls by Covington to end the game. Colden Heckman started on the Mound for the Green wave and went 5 2/3 innings allowing 4 runs on 7 hits with 8 strike outs, Jacob Brown got the win going the final 2 1/3 innings allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and striking out 3.
Aaron gets congrat’s after a successful at bat vs. Covington
After a week of rain delay’s Ponchatoula got back in action on Friday the 17th against the Fontainebleau Bulldogs and got their first District Sweep of the season with a 3-1 Victory at Fontainebleau High. After 4 scoreless innings the Greenwave broke the ice in the top of the 5th when Aaron Malik drew a 2 out walk. Courtesy runner Johnathan Boudreaux stole 2nd and then advanced to 3rd when Collin Roberts reached on a error, Boudreaux scored on a 1st and 3rd play with pinch runner Russell Rock stealing 2nd. The Wave added 2 more runs in the 6th when Jeb Kraft reached on an error then advanced to second on a wild pitch, Pinch Hitter Billy Walch advanced Kraft to 3rd with a single down the 3rd base line. Kraft scored on a single to left center by Christian Campbell and after an intentional walk to Simon Landry, Aaron Malik drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 3-0. The Bulldogs posted a run in the bottom of the 6th but that was as close as the Bulldogs got. Strong pitching and good defence by the Greenwave including a pair of web gems from shortstop Nathan Tribble as well as several key ground outs fielded by 3rd baseman Collin Roberts helped preserve the victory. Reid Lambert got the win going 5 2/3 innings and allowing only 2 hits while Jacob Brown got the Save.
Coach Bankston and the boys talk it over with Reid
Ponchatoula came into Saturday’s game with district leading Northshore riding a 4 game winning streak, However 2 solo Home runs by D1 prospect Parker Morris and a Grand Slam in the 6th inning by Alex Way was too much for the Greenwave to overcome. Ponchatoula took an early 1 run lead in the top of the 2nd when Collin Roberts singled to left field then advanced to 2nd on a bunt by Jacques Brechtel, Jeb Kraft reached 1st on an error by the Northshore 3rd baseman allowing Roberts to advance to 3rd, Roberts then scored on a 1st and 3rd steal play. Northshore quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Morris hit his first of 2 solo home runs. In his next at bat Morris homered to deep center in the bottom of the 4th to put Northshore up 2-1. The Greenwave fought back and tied the game in the top of the 6th when Aaron Malik drew a lead-off walk. After a Roberts fly out to deep right and a Brechtel strike out, courtesy runner Jonathan Boudreaux moved in scoring position after stealing 2nd, Bradley Walch then hit a 2 out RBI single up the middle scoring Boudreaux to tie the game. Northshore responded in the bottom of the 6th with a big inning, after a lead-off single and an RBI double by PJ Lagreco down the left field line Northshore took the lead and chased Ponchatoula starter Brock Daniels. After intentionally walking Morris, Ponchatoula reliever Chris Ballard then gave up a walk to the next batter to load the bases, Way put Nothshore up for good when he hit a grand slam to deep left center. Ponchatoula had one more chance in the top of the 7th but the Northshore pitcher retired the side in order to end the game. Daniels got the loss going 5 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits.
On Thursday night at Athletic Park Ponchatoula got its 3rd district win avenging a loss earlier in the season to The Skippers of Mandeville. With Senior Lefty Colden Heckman on the Mound for his second outing of the year Ponchatoula found itself in another low scoring extra inning battle. After Mandeville had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th, Ponchatoula responded in the bottom half of the inning when Christian Cambell led off with a single to left field then after stealing second Cambell advanced to 3rd on a passed ball. With 2 outs Aaron Malik drew a walk and Cambelled scored when courtesy runner Johnathan Boudreaux running for Malik executed a forced baulk steal to perfection. The inning ended when Collin Roberts singled to left but Boudreaux was thrown out at the plate. The score remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the 8th when Michael Jacob reached 1st on a dropped 3rd strike. He then advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Sheridian, Nathan Tribble then reached on a fielders choice when the Skippers threw Jacob out at 3rd. Tribble then advanced to 2nd on a passed ball and the Skippers walked Simon (Meaux) Landry. With Senior catcher Arron Malik up to bat the Wave got their first walk off victory of the season when Malik laced a base hit down the right field line to score Tribble. Heckman got the win going 6 1/3 innings allowing only 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 6 along the way. Jacob Brown got the save going 1 2/3 innings allowing no runs on no hits while striking out 1 to preserve the victory.