Seniors Bradley Walch, Aaron Malik, Christian Campbell and Coleden Heckmann
The Greenwave celebrated its 2015 Baseball banquet Saturday May 16th. Coach Brechtel honoured the outgoing Seniors and recognized the teams accomplishments as well as some individual honours for the 2015 season. The Greenwave just missed the post season by only a few power points and some of the high points on the season included victories over what was at the time the #1 ranked team in 4A Franklinton as well as a road victory over 5A powerhouse Acadiana, a 2015 playoff team that beat this year’s state champion Barbe during the regular season and who plays in what many consider the strongest district in the state. Ponchatoula also recorded a season sweep over 6-5A district foe Fontainebleau and split a district series with Mandeville and Covington, recording the first victory over the lions since the 2013 season. The Greenwave also defeated district rival Hammond with the second game of the series ending in a tie due to a rain out in the last game of the season. Coach Brechtel noted the program showed improvement this year and with only 4 seniors graduating that means the Wave will return plenty of starters and other seasoned players for next season.
Squadmann and Letterman were recognized with certificates of their achievment.Taking home All-District Honours were Senior Bradley Walch who was voted District 6-5A First Team All-District Outfielder along with Senior Aaron Malik who was voted District 6-5A Second Team All-District Catcher. Aaron was also voted Team MVP, an award coach Brechtel noted exemplified his hard work and what he meant to the team during his career at Ponchatoula. Joining Walch on the District 6-5A All-District First Team was Junior right handed pitcher Reid Lambert who had a breakthrough year as he devoloped into the Wave’s ace on the mound. Simon Landry made his third consecutive appearance on the All District Team as he was named Second Team All-District Infield. Sophomore Nathan Tribble was also named to the Second Team All-District Team as a utility player. In addition Junior pitcher Jacob Brown along with Sophomore pitcher Brock Daniels were recognized with Honourable Mention All-District honours as well. Seniors Coleden Heckmann and Christian Campbell were also recognized as Team Captain and Coaches Award respectively. Congratulations to all of these guys for a job well done!
Aaron Malik, Brock Daniels, Jacob Brown, Simon Landry, Nathan Tribble, Reid Lambert, Bradley Walch, Coleden Heckmann and Christian Campbell
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