Sterlington 11, Winfield 3
Sterlington struck for eight runs in the bottom of the third and received another strong outing on the mound from Trey Rugg on its way to an 11-3 conquest of the visiting Winnfield Tigers on Tuesday night.
Winnfield (3-6) got to Rugg for a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second.
Seaver Sheets started the pivotal third with a bunt single. Outside of Carson Clowers' sacrifice fly, the ball never left the infield as the Panthers benefited from seven walks. Clowers and Tucker Allen squeezed runs across in the marathon inning.
Braden Hough singled home a run in the fourth and Davis Johnson added an RBI single in the fifth as the Panthers extended the difference to 11-2.
Jarrett McDonald, Clowers and Denman had two hits apiece as the Panthers (7-0) won their 18th straight dating back to last season.
Rugg fanned six, walked one and allowed four hits without permitting an earned run over six innings for the win. Taylor Martin worked the seventh.
Sterlington is paired against North Webster in the first round of the Lakeside Tournament on Thursday night in Sibley. Thursday's winners and losers will face Minden or Doyline in the second round.
In an era in which most tournaments are completely pre-scheduled, Lakeside is going throwback by putting on a bracket event.
"You don't see many bracket tournaments these days because everybody is trying to bunch their games in," Sterlington coach Mark Sims said. "It ought to be fun."