, Port Arthur, Texas


April 19, 2013

Vidor beats Port Neches-Groves on a late home run

PORT NECHES — One run games can break your heart.

Port Neches-Groves went through two in the past week. After falling 3-2 to arch-nemesis Nederland in 12 innings on Tuesday, the Indian baseball team saw a 1-0 win turn into a 2-1 loss.

Vidor’s Dalton Croft hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to beat PN-G in District 20-4A play at the Reservation.

“We just didn’t swing the bats,” PN-G head coach Mark Brevell said. “We still had a chance to win 1-0. One swing of the bat and they got a two-run home run to beat us. We have to get back to work.

“We have another game Monday, so we can’t dwell on this one. We just have to bounce back from this one. I don’t know that we bounced back very well from Tuesday night (against Nederland).”

One swing of the bat also changed PN-G starter Logan Ashworth’s day from a win to a loss. The junior was generally very good in the game, allowing two runs on two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in the game.

However, Ashworth walked a tight rope of effectiveness all game. Three times, Vidor hitters had balls either drop or hit off the glove of PN-G defenders for errors. If the defender doesn’t get there, those count as hits and Ashworth’s line is affected.

Similarly, Vidor had at least three long flyball outs that PN-G center fielder Kaleb Clark raced under in time for the catch. A little more oomph and those are home runs.

Yet, that’s what made Ashworth’s outing so effective. He survived a couple of scares and should have gotten out of the top of the fifth unscathed. With two outs in the inning, Vidor third baseman Paul Fregia lined a shot up the middle.

The Indian second baseman got a glove on the ball, but couldn’t come up with the catch for an error. One batter later, Croft ripped a pitch to left center field to give Vidor a 2-1 lead.

Freshman Ryan Leckich relieved Ashworth in the sixth inning, striking out two and walking one in two shutout innings.

“They pitched very well tonight,” Brevell said. “We’re kind of thin right now and we needed a good game on the mound. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the bats going to pick up a win for them. They pitched well enough to win.”

PN-G’s offense had plenty of opportunities to score, but struggled to get timely hits. The Indians had runners on second in five of the seven innings and picked up seven walks in the first six innings.

The biggest scoring threat for the Indians came in the bottom of the fourth. After leadoff hitter Brack Presley grounded out to second base to lead off the inning, the next three hitters drew walks.

Yancey Foster, Kaleb Clark and Corbin Coy loaded the bases for Ky Walker with one out. Walker was then hit by a pitch, driving in Foster to make it 1-0 PN-G.

The next two hitters, though, failed to score any more runs, after a strikeout and a grounder to third.

“We just didn’t swing the bats,” Brevell said. “We still had opportunities. We had runners at second and third and the bases loaded. At that time, we needed to get some runs in. We just couldn’t get the big hit. You have to give credit to the Vidor pitcher. He pitched a great game and kept us off-balance. Whenever we had runners in scoring position, he buckled down and got the big outs when he needed.”

Vidor’s Eric Foshe picked up the victory, keeping the Indians off-balance with his curveball. In 6 innings, Foshe allowed one hit and one run while walking seven and striking out eight. Catcher Colby Sciarilla was behind the plate for the first six innings before taking the mound as the closer to pick up the save.

PN-G’s Dillon Hebert was 1 for 4 with a double while teammate Mason Vizena was 1 for 2 with a double, two walks and a stolen base. Foster was 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.

PN-G (13-12, 8-4) will travel to Beaumont Ozen at 4:30 p.m. Monday in a game that was moved up due to testing.

Vidor 2, Port Neches-Groves 1

Vidor     000    020    0    — 2    2    0

PN-G    000    100    0    —    1    1    3

Eric Foshe, Colby Sciarilla (7) and Sciarilla, Jeremy Stevenson (7); Logan Ashworth, Ryan Leckich (6) and Yancey Foster. W — Foshe. L — Ashworth. S — Sciarilla.

Leading hitters: PN-G — Kaleb Clark 0-1, 2 BB; Mason Vizena 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, SB; Foster 0-2, BB, run scored. VIDOR — Dalton Croft 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs.

Records: PN-G (13-12, 8-4); Vidor (6-6).

Next: PN-G at Beaumont Ozen, 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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