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April 7, 2013

Big fourth inning propels Port Neches-Groves softball past Nederland

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NEDERLAND —

On the next play, PN-G third baseman Katie Lee hit a pop up to short right field that turned around Nederland’s second baseman, allowing the ball to drop and for Gilbert and Thompson to score and give the Lady Indians a 2-1 lead.

After catcher Ryanne Lunceford was walked to load the bases again, two wild pitches allowed two more runs to score before designated player Madison Resch hit an RBI single to short left field, making it 5-1 PN-G.

“One inning did it,” Nederland head coach Will Mallette said. “Last time we played them, we kind of imploded defensively in one inning. It kind of happened again. Other than that one inning, we played pretty good defense in a lot of different spots. They came through with a couple good hits and booted the ball when we couldn’t boot the ball. It just wasn’t our night.”

Nederland scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first. Nederland’s Savana Guidry reached on a bunt single down the third base line and promptly stole second. Two batters later, Kelsey Beard drove her in with a single up the middle to make it 1-0 Nederland.

After that, PN-G starter Shelby Valentine settled in and held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless until the sixth. Valentine allowed nine hits and two runs while walking none and striking out five. Maci Dean finished the game, throwing 1 1/3 innings with no hits, walks or runs allowed to pick up the save.

“Shelby did a great job keeping them off-balance and Maci did a great job coming in and shutting them down,” Buchanan said. “Shelby had a little bit of a rough first inning, but she settled in and did a good job. She was hitting her spots and making sure she trusted herself and her calls. Us knowing those hitters and how to pitch them helped a lot, too.”

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