River Ridge Patriots clinch playoff berth, final spot up for grabs Thursday in CCS Prep Summer League

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It comes down to one game Thursday to determine the final playoff team in year two of the 2023 Crescent City Prep Summer League after the results from Wednesday’s action.

While Lutcher-based Cypress Physical Therapy, Archbishop Rummel-based Malcolm Dienes and John Curtis Christian-based River Ridge have clinched playoff spots, the final spot remains up for grabs.

Northshore-based Peck’s Seafood hosts Jesuit-based Retif Oil at 5 p.m. Thursday. Should the Panthers win or tie, they become the fourth and final team to reach the playoffs. If Retif Oil wins, Brother Martin-based K’s for Kids gets the final spot.

Northshore-based Peck’s Seafood kept its playoff hopes alive in a 7-7 tie in eight innings at Lakeshore.

Each team scored four runs in the first inning before Peck’s Seafood scored twice in the top of the fourth to lead 6-4. The Titans scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-5. Lakeshore tied it with a run in the fifth and took a 7-6 lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth. The Panthers tied it with a run in the top of the seventh.

Brody Dukes had two hits and two RBI, Derek Weilbaecher had two hits and an RBI, Connor Smith had a hit and two RBI and Noah Lasseigne had a hit and an RBI.

Reese Sanzone had two hits and three RBI, Nate Miller had two hits and an RBI. Ethan Griffin and Mason Gegehheimer each drove in a run for the Titans.

Peck’s Seafood (6-2-1) faces a must-win situation at home against Retif Oil Thursday. If the Titans win, they are in the playoffs while if they lose, K’s for Kids is in.

Lakeshore (5-7-2) completed its season.

Brother Martin-based K’s for Kids captured a showdown win with huge playoff implications, winning 4-2 at Mandeville-based Gulf Coast Bank & Trust.

K’s for Kids (7-3) jumped on top with an unearned run on an error in the top of the first inning and increased the lead to 2-0 on an RBI single by C. Michel in the top of the second. Gulf Coast Bank and Trust cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Peyton Chiasson.

The Crusaders make it 4-1 in the fourth inning as Stan Wiltz scored on a passed ball before Ryan Darrah singled home a run. The Skippers scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI groundout by Chiasson but it was not enough.

Cole Navarro started and went two innings, allowing one run, Jude Tingstrom pitched two scoreless innings and Austin Belle pitched the final three innings, allowing a run for K’s for Kids. Chiasson started and took the loss for the Skippers, going two innings, allowing two unearned runs.

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust (6-4) was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

The John Curtis Christian-based River Ridge Patriots continue their push to make the Crescent City Sports Prep Summer League playoffs for the second time in as many years of the league. The Patriots defeated De La Salle-based Courcelle Law 7-1 at Harahan Playground on Wednesday evening.

The Patriots scored three runs in the bottom of the second and were never headed. It was 4-1 after three innings and 6-1 after four innings. River Ridge got its final run in the sixth inning.

Dylan Gilbert had a two-run single while Dagan Bruno delivered an RBI double in the second. Isaiah Spann homered for the second straight game in the fourth inning. Gilbert and Bryce Hebert added an RBI singles in the fourth and Jason Curtis had an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Patriots. Tony Macaluso pitched four strong innings to pick up the win.

Dylan Brisset homered in the top of the third inning for the only run for the Cavaliers. Bryce Hingle started and took the loss for Courcelle Law.

River Ridge (8-2-1) is in prime position to make the playoffs while Courcelle Law (4-7-1) completed its season.

Cretin Townsend Homes closed its season playing well.

The St. Charles Catholic-based team whipped Archbishop Shaw-based Refuel 9-1 at Winterscheidt Field.

The Comets led 2-1 after one inning and 3-1 after three innings. Cretin Townsend Homes put the game away with a big six-run fourth inning, featuring a grand slam by Brandon Kragle.

Jackson Monica was 4 for 4 with three runs scored, Jackson Doster had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run, Brayden Bertucci drove in a run and Dax Pregeant had two hits and scored a run for the Comets.

Kragle worked the first two innings, allowing one run, Hudson Heltz pitched three perfect innings an Brodey Becnel finished up with two scoreless frames for the Comets.

Chase Baimonte drove in the only run for the Eagles while Robert Hebert III took the loss.

Cretin Townsend Homes finished its season 7-4-2 while Refuel ends its season 4-10.

Holy Cross-based Ponstein’s Food Store staged a furious rally to overcome Pope John Paul II 9-8.

Trailing 7-4, the Tigers scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning which proved decisive. The Jaguars scored a run in the bottom of the seventh but came up just short.

Brody Forstall had a big night, going 4 for 5 with three RBI, Will Andrade had two hits and an RBI while Carter Spencer, Jeff Louis, Roux Guerra and Drew Aguilar each drove in a run for Ponstein’s. Derbes picked up the win in relief.

Ponstein’s Food Store ends its season 7-4-1 while Pope John Paul II finished 0-9-2.

Chalmette-based Gulf Coast Bank closed its season with a solid 8-4 win over St. Augustine-based Chapter IV Restaurant at Noel Suarez Stadium.

The Owls scored three runs in the first, two in the third and two in the fifth to take a commanding 7-0 lead. The Purple Knights rallied late and fell short.

Latrell Grant was a star, picking up the win, going 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Grant was 2 for 2 at the plate with an RBI. Cole Armstrong had a hit and two RBI, Cameron Tipton had a triple and an RBI and Talan Spitelera drove in a run for the Owls.

Gulf Coast Bank finishes its season 5-5-1 while Chapter IV Restaurant finished its season 2-7.

Jesuit-based Retif Oil is playing well down the stretch.

The Blue Jays shut out St. Thomas Aquinas 5-0 at John Ryan Stadium.

Retif Oil scored two runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth.

Everett Denny was superb on the mound for Retif Oil, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Denny walked two and struck out nine. Ryan Saunders pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit and struck out three.

Denny helped himself with two hits, including a triple with an RBI, Michael Brothers had two hits, including a triple and walked once, Luke Werling had two hits and an RBI, Joe Bosco had a hit and an RBI and Patrick Berrigan drove in a run for Retif Oil.

Justin Luther had both hits for the Falcons. Luther picked up the loss in relief.

Retif Oil (5-6-1) will complete its season at Peck’s Seafood Thursday while St. Thomas Aquinas (2-5-2) saw its season come to an end.

Cypress Physical Therapy at Terry’s Oysters was canceled.

Here your updated standings heading into the final game Thursday:

1) Cypress Physical Therapy X (clinched) (Lutcher) 7-1-1 (83.3%)
2) Malcolm Dienes   X (clinched) (Archbishop Rummel) 10-2 (83.3%)
3) River Ridge Patriots  X (clinched) (John Curtis Christian) 8-2-1 (77.3%)
4) Peck’s Seafood (Northshore) 6-2-1 (72%)
5) K’s for Kids (Brother Martin) 7-3 (70%)
6) Ponstein’s Food Store (Holy Cross) 7-4-1 (62.5%)
7) Cretin Townsend Homes (St. Charles Catholic) 7-4-2 (61.5%)
8) Gulf Coast Bank & Trust (Mandeville) 6-4 (60%)
9) Gulf Coast Bank (Chalmette) 5-5-1 (50%)
10) Retif Oil (Jesuit) 5-6-1 (45.8%)
11) Lakeshore 5-7-1 (42.3%)
12) Courcelle Law (De La Salle) 4-7-1 (37.5%)
13) St. Thomas Aquinas 2-5-2 (33.3%)
14) Refuel (Archbishop Shaw) 4-10 (28.6%)
15) Chapter IV Restaurant (St. Augustine) 2-7 (22.2%)
16) Terry’s Oysters (Belle Chasse) 2-8 (20%)
17) Pope John Paul II 0-9-2 (9.1%)


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