Friday was a big day for Sulphur High School’s baseball and softball teams.
The Tors won an 18-inning pitchers’ duel over New Iberia 4-3 and the Lady Tors beat Dutchtown 11-3 for their first playoff win since 2015.
New Iberia 3,18 inns.
SULPHUR — Sulphur (16-16, 5-7) and New Iberia (13-18, 2-10) combined for just 11 hits while seven pitchers combined for strikeout 43 batters and throw 516 pitches in a game that took almost five hours, ending just before 11 p.m.
Both teams got some stellar relief performances from the bull pen. New Iberia’s Chipper Menard held the Tors scoreless for eight and one-third innings and struck out 14 batters before he was pulled with one out in the bottom of the 14th inning.
Sulphur’s Cameron LeJeune and Dalton Leblanc combined to pitch 14 innings. New Iberia (13-18, 2-10) scored a pair of unearned runs on LeJeune, but he struck out 11 and walked just one batter. Leblanc pitched six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and two walks and Jake Barrilleaux (2-0) pitched the 18th inning to earn the win.
Sulphur (16-16, 5-7) left a runner on third in the 16th inning, but Ben Broussard scored the winning run in 18th on a bases loaded walk. Broussard led Sulphur at the plate with two hits and two runs scored.
Sulphur took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Ben Broussard hit a leadoff single and later stole home and Josh Barrilleaux scored on an error.
Davien Johnson’s RBI single cut Sulphur lead to 2-1 in the third inning and the Yellow Jackets went up 3-2 in the fifth, scoring two runs on an error.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ben Broussard put down a bunt and New Iberia misplayed the ball which allowed Kade Faulk to score the tying run.
GEISMER — The 17th-ranked Sulphur Lady Tors fell behind early, but rallied to beat the Dutchtown Lady Griffins 11-3.
Down 2-0, Sulphur’s Trinity Trahan led off the top of the fifth inning with a single to left field and scored on a hit by Lanie Burleson. Sophomore catcher Abi Massey blasted her 10th home run of the season, a three-run long ball to center field, to put Sulphur in the lead 4-2. Madison Chretien added a two-run double and Massey hit a two-run single in the seventh inning.
Dutchtown (20-11) scored two runs in the first inning on an error.
Sulphur sophomore Sophia Tanner (10-8) allowed just one earned run in six inning and Raygan Brown pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
Sulphur will host No. 1 Sam Houston (27-3) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the regional round.