Sterlington 5, Kinder 3
Braden Hough went 2-for-3 and Brody Green pitched three scoreless innings as Sterlington subdued Kinder 5-3 Saturday afternoon in the Trey Altick Tournament.
Sterlington picked up two in the first to open the scoring.
Carson Clowers led off with a base hit up the middle, moved up 90 feet on an errant pickoff toss, went to third on Seaver Sheets' sacrifice bunt and touched home on Davis Johnson's double down the left field line.
Brooks Rushworth walked and Luke Denman reached on a misjudged fly ball to fill the bases before Trey Rugg lofted a sacrifice fly to left.
Kinder scored all three of its runs in the fourth.
Conner Fawcett and Haynes Fawcett drew consecutive one-out free passes to set up Bailey Cottongin's RBI single. Bentley Doucet's squeeze bunt plated Fawcett with the tying run and Cottongin dashed home with the go-ahead marker on an overthrow to first.
Sterlington squared the game at 3 in the fourth when Jarrett McDonald was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a pair of throwing errors.
Sheets walked to start the Sterlington fifth, motored into scoring position on a wild pitch and Davis Johnson reached on an error to place runners at the corners with nobody out. Rushworth then grounded into a double play, enabling Sheets to score the go-ahead run.
Sterlington settled for one in the sixth after loading the bases with nobody out.
Rugg singled, McDonald walked and Hough singled before McDonald was waved home on a balk.
Kinder (7-3) did not go down quietly in the seventh.
Trent Johnson led off with a double to left, Conner Fawcett drew a two-out walk and Green plunked Hayes Fawcett to fill the bases. Escaping the inning unscathed, Green induced a fielder's choice grounder to Clowers at shortstop.
Green struck out two, walked one and hit one for the win in relief of fellow lefty Adams Tubbs.
Hough led the Panthers (5-0) at the plate with a pair of singles, Davis Johnson doubled and Clowers and Rugg singled.
Trent Johnson smashed a double and three singles as the Yellow Jackets out-hit the Panthers 9-5. Doucet furnished a pair of singles and Elijah Lavan, Cottongin and Matthew Robertson supplied base knocks.
Trent Johnson, the second of three Kinder pitchers, absorbed the loss.
Notes: Spencer Davis and Dalton Dopson, two key members of the Panthers' 2017 state championship team, attended the game. ... Sterlington, which is now in Class 3A, and Kinder have combined to win three of the past four 2A state titles. ... Former Kinder and Louisiana Lafayette shortstop Blake Trahan is currently in camp with the Cincinnati Reds.