St. Paul’s cruises past Ponchatoula

COVINGTON — Logan Trent pitched 5.1 strong innings to lead St. Paul’s to a 12-4 victory over Ponchatoula in a District 6-5A baseball game at St. Paul’s on Friday.

The victory coupled with Covington’s 1-0 home loss to Fontainebleau moved the Wolves into first place in the district race. St. Paul’s (18-6, 8-2) leads the Lions (8-3) by a half game. The Wolves have two games remaining, while the Lions have just one.

Trent (4-1) struck out 13 and allowed just two hits with five walks.

“He was nasty, and he had three pitches working well,” St. Paul’s coach Mick Nunez said. “We got some good swings early and did a great job of getting timely hits.”

The Wolves jumped on Green Wave starter Tyler Robinson with a four-run first inning. Zach Butler drew a one-out walk. Handsome Monica followed with a sharp single to left and Joel Spansel loaded the bases with a walk. Trent walked to force in a run and give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. Christian Commander lined to a single to right-center field to drive in two runs and increase the lead to 3-0. Kyle Schimpf became the sixth consecutive batter to reach base when he lined an opposite-field single to drive in another and make the score 4-0.

Brennan Castello drew the Green Wave (21-8, 6-5) within 4-1 when he hit a long home run to right-center field in the top of the fourth inning.

The Wolves answered when Kevin Durr increased the lead to 5-1 when his sacrifice fly scored Rick Ragan.

Robinson (6-4) gave up seven runs in 4.1 innings.

The Wolves increased the lead to 7-1 when Trent doubled home two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“As long as we get timely hits and keep playing St. Paul’s baseball we will do very well,” said Trent. “We are a very good team when we all hit together.”

Trent was pulled in the top of the sixth inning after 102 pitches and allowing his fifth walk. One out later Brady Raiford launched a two-run home run to left to make the score 7-3.

A six-run bottom of the sixth inning put the game away for the Wolves.

Trent and Spansel each drove in three runs for St. Paul’s.

Robert Boudreaux finished for St. Paul’s and struck out two more to give the Wolves pitchers 15 strikeouts.