The Associated Press
Playoff baseball brings a new kind of pressure for the Port Neches-Groves baseball team, but nothing says pressure like win or go home.
PN-G (15-12) will face Humble Summer Creek in the bidistrict round of the Class 4A playoffs. The two teams will meet in a one-game series, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Baytown Sterling.
This is the second straight year for Summer Creek to reach the playoffs after the school opened in 2009. The Bulldogs beat Brenham in Game 1 of a three-games series last year in the area round before dropping Games 2 and 3 to the Cubs.
Summer Creek finished third in District 19-4A with an 11-5 district record after picking up the fourth seed last season. They’re led on offense by junior Kamerone Wheeler, who has hit two home runs this season.
PN-G has won its last three bidistrict matchups, sweeping Baytown Lee last season in a three-game series.
The Indians enter the playoffs on a mini-roll, having won two straight games in the last week of the season to clinch District 20-4A’s No. 2 seed. PN-G had lost two games in a row, dropping a pair of heartbreakers to Nederland and Vidor.
Head coach Mark Brevell acknowledged that his team may have been feeling a little letdown after falling to Mid-County rival Nederland in extra innings when it lost 2-1 to Vidor. However, the Indians snapped back into form the following Monday, beating Beaumont Ozen 13-3.
The Indians followed that up with a 12-3 victory over Livingston on Senior Night to clinch that second seed outright and avoiding a tie with Little Cypress-Mauriceville or Lumberton. Indians senior third baseman led the rout on Senior Night, going 4 for 4 with a pair of two-run home runs and six RBIs.