, Port Arthur, Texas

June 10, 2014

PN-G’s Hughes leads powerful all-star team offense

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Doubles and singles were not enough Tuesday at the TASA Beaumont Chapter All-Star game at Lamar University.

The name of this game was a three-bagger. A total of six triples were hit between the two teams as the blue team won 17-10.

Port Neches-Groves slugger Michael Hughes did the most damage with two, three-run triples for the blue squad of underclassmen from Southeast Texas 3A, 4A and 5A teams.

West Orange-Stark’s Aiden Anderson though had the most memorable hit of the night for the red team in a losing effort.

Anderson also slugged two triples but it was his first one that had him full of smiles on third base and after the game.

His triple in the bottom of the second came off a pitch delivered by his twin brother, Grant Anderson.

The twins met up at third base after the hit to center and both gave up smiles big enough to see from the stands.

“The first triple was certainly the best one,” Aiden Anderson said. “It felt pretty cool to get a hit off him. I certainly wanted it to have bragging rights when we got in the car to head home. That was a special moment. Having two triples was amazing because that is the hardest hit to get in baseball.”

Hughes’ first triple came in the top of the first as the blue team jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead.

“That is the first time I have ever hit two triples in any game,” Hughe said. “This was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting to play on the same team as guys I have never played with before. We all get so intense during our district races so it was fun to kick back a little. In the end, I still want to win. I don’t care if its ping pong, I never want to lose. It is always about winning the game.”

While Hughes did it with the bat, Bridge City’s Chase Shugart did it with his arm in the bottom half of the first.

Shugart was his normal self with three strike outs in the first. The Cardinals ace walked three times at the plate.

Port Arthur Memorial’s Abraham Cuevas had a RBI double while Titans’ teammate Jose Perez had a double and scored off a RBI double by Bridge City’s Kyle Bergeron. Memorial’s Joe Chretien also scored and Devuan Anderson had a RBI.

Orangefield’s Tryce Howard had a big night with two RBI and a triple. Dylan Anthony and Caleb Hussey, both Bobcats, each scored.

Nederland’s Zach Friesz added a RBI single for the red team while Bulldogs shortstop Braden Nevala ahd a run for the blue team.