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April 22, 2013

PREP HARDBALL NOTEBOOK: Testing causes shift in schedule

Another round of school testing will affect the high school baseball schedule this week. Because of the STAAR/TAKS testing going on this week around Texas, baseball teams in the area moved games up to Monday.

Most of District 20-4A will start at 4:30 p.m. Monday and the Port Neches-Groves game at Beaumont Ozen will start then. Nederland moved its game against Lumberton back 30 minutes to 5 p.m., because the game will be Senior Night, honoring the players and parents of graduating seniors.

PN-G is still in second place in 20-4A, three games behind the district champion Bulldogs. If PN-G wins its next two games against Ozen and Livingston, the Indians will clinch that second seed outright. More importantly, with a victory over Ozen, the Indians will clinch a playoff berth.

Memorial’s baseball game against Beaumont West Brook was already scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. The Titans are still mathematically in the playoff hunt, but their chances of making the postseason took a big hit with the loss to Baytown Sterling.

Now, the Titans need to win its last two games this season and get some help via a Sterling loss. The Rangers close the season at West Brook on Friday.

The 20-4A softball teams already had off-time built into their schedules, but will need to get in their bidistict matchups by April 30. That may lead to games being played on Friday for a three-game series. But, since 19-4A’s seeding still hasn’t been decided, no schedules have been set for PN-G and Nederland softball.

Leckich has sneaky stuff

Watch PN-G freshman lefty Ryan Leckich and you won’t necessarily be blown away at first. He’s got an easy delivery and doesn’t have a 100-MPH fastball.

However, the results tell a different story. Leckich just doesn’t give up hits and watching him twice this week, it’s easy to see why. The lefty rarely lets a batter square up on the ball.

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