VIDOR — In a matter of 2.5 hours the Port Neches-Groves Indians baseball team went from a half game behind first down to alone in fourth.
Vidor beat PN-G 10-5 Friday and moved to 9-3 in District 20-4A and is in a three-way tie for first with Nederland and Livingston. PN-G is now 8-4.
Indians coach Scott Carter hit it on the head after the game when assessing what went wrong against the Pirates.
“When you put five runs on the board against (Eric) Foshee, you are supposed to win the game,” Carter said. “We can’t give up seven runs in the first two innings like we did tonight.”
Vidor scored two in the first and then five in the second to chase the usually reliable Lance LeDoux out after only 1.2 innings of work. LeDoux gave up seven runs on nine hits and struck out four.
“Tonight, we just got beat,” Carter said. “That is the bottom line. We swung the bats but they swung them just a little better. Vidor earned the win. I told our players after the first round of district and we had the best record that we had not won anything yet. It still isn't over now. We still have a chance to get back in it. 20-4A is a tough district because everyone can come out and play you tough every game.”
Vidor coach Kyle Green said his team had a game plan for facing one of the area’s best pitchers and that his team executed it perfectly.
“We know LeDoux is going to throw strikes,” Green said. “He is a strike-throwing machine. We went into the game not wanting to strike out and put the ball in play. We did that and it shows by having under double digit strike outs in the game against a great pitching staff.”