The Sulphur High School softball team is riding high into the playoffs.
Sulphur has won 15 of its last 17 games and five consecutive, including a 5-4 win over No. 3 Barbe.
But to the continue the streak and win its first playoff game since 2015, Sulphur will have to do it on the road. No. 17 Sulphur missed a home playoff game by 0.0154 points and will travel to No. 16 Dutchtown (20-10) in bidistrict the round of the Class 5A playoffs today at 5 p.m.
“It ought to be a good game,” Sulphur head coach Julie Mancuso said. “We were both neck and neck.
“I thought we were going to have them here (Sulphur). Everyone that I talked said that we are evenly matched. If all goes well it should be a pretty good game.”
Junior pitcher Raygan Brown (8-1) and sophomore Sophia Tanner (9-8) have stepped up over the last two weeks of the season and have combined for a 2.33 earned run average over their last four games.
“I think our pitching has done a better job lately,” Mancuso said. “They have been doing their side and the hitters have been backing them up. They have started putting it all together. Maturity brings that. They are more comfortable.”
Sulphur hasn’t had much trouble putting up runs this year at 8.3 per game.
Sophomore catcher Abi Massey had hit nine home runs with 39 RBIs and nine doubles while batting .418. Sophomore shortstop Bailey Chaisson is batting .442 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 31 runs scored and 33 RBIs and junior leadoff batter Lanie Burleson his hitting .400 with seven doubles, 28 runs scored and 15 RBIs.
“We are going to have to put some runs up,” Mancuso said. “I feel comfortable throughout the lineup and having kids coming off the bench. We have some depth.”
Mancuso said the Griffins are almost a mirror image of the Lady Tors with several underclassmen in the starting lineup.
“Talking with her (Dutchtown head coach Nancy Ensminger), they seem sound like us and young,” Mancuso said. “I think they have a freshman or sophomore shortstop and a freshman catcher.
“They have some youth like us. They are kind of a mirror image of us. They have some kids that can hit. Their pitching is not going to be overpowering but gets the job done. They are defensively solid.”
Since committing four errors in an 8-6 win over Acadiana on March 26th, Sulphur hasn’t had more than two in a game. Limiting errors will be key to slowing down Dutchtown, who is averaging 9.9 runs per game.
“We have to eliminate some of those mental errors that we have had along the way,” Mancuso said. “We have to keep those down and physical errors and we have to score.
“They have put up some runs and we are going to have to do the same.”