Sulphur edges Ponchatoula in first-round playoff game

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

SULPHUR — Kale Breaux outdueled Ponchatoula counterpart Landyn Ragan and Caleb Murrell delivered the winning sacrifice fly

in Sulphur’s 2-1 win over Ponchatoula Tuesday night in a Class 5A bi-district playoff game.

The Tors (23-11) advanced to play at Ruston, a 10-0 winner over Northshore, in the regional round.

Murrell hit a fly ball to right field with one out in the bottom of the seventh to score Logan Louviere with the winning run.

Louviere was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ethan Hyatt. Jacob Sharp was intentionally walked. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch

before Murrell drove a pitch to deep right field to score Louviere.

“I was a little nervous,” Murrell said. “I just went back to the fundamentals, stayed down on the ball, stayed through it and just hit it somewhere to make them make a play. That’s what I did and it turned out great

for us. It was a total team effort all the way.”

Murrell was down 0-2 in the count before fighting back.

“I can’t say enough about Murrell; that was a gutsy at-bat,” said Sulphur head coach Jason Trahan. “He is down 0-2, fouls

some pitches off and gets the fly ball to win it.”

Breaux showed some guts early, holding the Green Wave (22-9) to one run after they loaded the bases with no outs in the top

of the first. Shayne Narro led off with a double and scored on a sac fly by Tyler Robinson.

After allowing the double, hitting a batter and walking another to start the game, Breaux retired the next 15 batters.

“To get one run, that is all we can ask

for,” Trahan said. “That was big, getting out of that inning and

weathering the storm.

Once that was over, he settled in. He started hitting his spots.

When he has his breaker over and starts spotting his fastball,

he is tough to hit.”

Ragan was as well, holding Sulphur to three hits. The Tors scored in the bottom of the fifth when Sharp walked and scored

on a single by Bayne Smith.

Ragan struck out five and walked two.

“He has been a bulldog all year. He has

been our guy all year, especially in the second half,” said Ponchatoula

head coach

Mark Gosnail. “He battled again today. We had our chances. A

couple of times (the sixth and seventh innings) we had the leadoff

guy on and couldn’t get a bunt down. That ends up being the

difference, not being able to move a guy over and maybe get a

hit. We couldn’t get the lead or the momentum back on our side.”

Bi-District Round

Class 5A

Barbe 10, Pineville 0

New Iberia at Convington, Wednesday

West Monroe 12, Rummel 3

Haughton 5, St. Paul’s 1, 9 innings

Acadiana at Jesuit, Wednesday

Catholic-BR 5, Lafayette 2

Sulphur 2, Ponchatoula 1

Ruston 10, Northshore 0

East Ascension at Brother Martin

Capt. Shreve at Denham Springs, Wednesday

Walker at Comeaux

Slidell at Sam Houston, 5 p.m. Wednesday

Byrd at Hahnville, Wednesday

Airline at Zachary

St. Amant at Dutchtown

Fontainebleau at Destrehan

Regional Round

Class 4A

St. Thomas More at Alexandria, Wednesday

St. Louis 5, Franklington 3

Benton 6, Minden 3

Teurlings Catholic 4, Holy Cross 1

Vandebilt Catholic at West Ouachita, Wednesday

Archbishop Shaw at Tioga

DeRidder 6, St. Michael 5

Lakeshore at Lutcher

Class 3A

Caldwell Parish at North DeSoto, Wednesday

Eunice 6, South Beauregard 5

St. Charles at Parkview Baptist

Erath at Iowa, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Notre Dame at Berwick, Wednesday

Brusly 16, Buckeye 5

North Vermilion at Livonia, Wednesday

E.D. White at Jewel Sumner

Class 2A

Calvary Baptist 2, St. Thomas Aquinas 0

Rosepine 3, Episcopal 2

Dunham at Northlake Christian

Sterlington at University

Evangel 7, Riverside 1

North Webster at Catholic-NI, Wednesday

Fisher at Loreauville

Kinder 7, John Curtis 2

Class 1A

Ouachita Christian 8, Hannan 3

Cedar Creek 9, Sacred Heart-VP 8

Central Catholic 4, St. Martin’s 1

Ascension Catholic at Oak Grove, Wednesday

Westminster 13, Opelousas Catholic 6

St. John 4, St. Frederick 3

Hanson Memorial 12, Merryville 1

Mangham 5, Vermilion Catholic 0

Class B

Simpson 4, Zwolle 3

Grand Lake 5, Stanley 1

Hicks 3, Fairview 2

Glenmora at Choudrant

Anacoco at Oak Hill

Hornbeck 7, Downsville 0

Converse 10, Rapides 0

Forest 6, Holden 2

Quarterfinals

Class C

Family Christian 12, Calvin 0

Reeves at Maurepas, 4 p.m. Friday

Northside Christian at Claiborne Christian, 3 p.m. Saturday

Georgetown at No. 2 Elizabeth, 4 p.m. Thursday