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April 7, 2013

PREP NOTEBOOK: Mid-County Madness, Part II to honor Watts

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That won’t be easy, as the Lady Bears are up to No. 6 in the state polls and survived a scare against PN-G last week by scoring six runs in the sixth inning. Nederland lost 7-1 at LC-M earlier this season and will need a strong effort from starting pitcher MaKayla Kelly to stifle the Lady Bears.

Even if Nederland beats LC-M on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs will need some help to claim a share of the district title, as they sit two games back of the Lady Bears.

Area rife with no-hit bids

From two multi-pitcher no-hitters last week in Mid-County to Yu Darvish’s almost-perfecto at Minute Maid Park, it seems like no-hitters are popping up this season in epic proportions. Nederland’s three pitcher no-hitter on March 26 was followed by a PN-G three pitcher no-no on March 28.

While impressive, what those games really highlight is how much pitching depth both teams possess. Both PN-G and Nederland have three starters capable of working in a district game loaded bullpens that can extend games and miss bats.

That’s what made for such a great matchup in that 11-inning classic during Mid-County Madness, Part I. Did you know that both teams struck out 17 batters in that game?

That depth will be on full display this weekend, as Nederland hosts Central on Friday and then hosts Vidor on Saturday. PN-G has a brutal road trip, traveling to Livingston on Friday and then traveling to co-district leader Lumberton on Saturday.

Did I mention that Nederland, PN-G and Lumberton are all tied for the district lead with one loss apiece? Starting this weekend, the 20-4A baseball race should get very interesting.

Another former player in college

Add another name to the list of former baseball and softball players in college. PN-G’s Aaron Graham is a freshman at Galveston College this season. Graham has pitched in six games as a reliever, going 1-0 in 5 2/3 innings with a 6.35 ERA and four strikeouts.

If you know of any other former players in college, please email us at sports@panews.com and we’ll update them here.

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