Tors’ offense comes alive

Published 6:36 pm Saturday, April 15, 2023

SULPHUR — The Sulphur Tors’ offense came alive on Saturday to down Sam Houston 8-2 and sweep the District 3-5A series.

It was the Tors’ best run production since a 13-3 win over Acadiana on Mar. 30.

“The bats came alive today,” Sulphur head coach Sam Moore said. “Early in the game, there was good pitching, and we were just battling.

“Then we were able to get a few big hits that broke the game open.”

The win bumped the Tors (28-4, 14-2) one spot ahead of Sam Houston (25-4, 12-4) in the Nonselect Division I power rankings at No. 3.

“What a program to beat,” Moore said. “Those guys (Sam Houston) are big.

“They are a great team and well coached. Any time you walk away with two wins from those guys that is huge for our program.”

The regular season ends on Monday, and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will release the playoff brackets on Tuesday.

Half of the Tors’ six hits were extra-base hits. Luke Benoit started things off with an RBI double in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Sulphur got a pair of home runs in the fifth and sixth inning from Dillion Bird, who had a solo shot to left field, and Bryce Fontenot, who ripped a three-run blast to left, to pad their lead.

One swing of the bat erased Sulphur’s early 2-0 lead when Ashton Bultran launched a two-run home run to left field to tie the game in the fourth inning.

The Tors retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Zach Adams drove in the go-ahead run on a single, and Jake Brown hit a sacrifice fly.

Sulphur lefty Jake Brown pitched his fifth complete game of the season. He held Sam Houston to four hits while striking out 10 batters and walking three.

Sulphur 8

Sam Houston 2

Sam Houston 000 200 0 — 2-4-4

Sulphur 110 213 x — 8-6-0

PITCHING — W: Jake Brown. L: Nik Toups.

TOP HITTERS — Sam Houston: Ashton Bultran 1-3 (run, 2 RBI, HR). Sulphur: Bryce Fontenot 1-3 (2 runs, 3 RBI, HR), Dillion Bird 1-3 (run, RBI, HR).

RECORDS — Sam Houston: 25-4, 12-4. Sulphur: 28-4, 14-2.