The Port Arthur News
NEDERLAND — Eric Foshee was for sure the man Tuesday night for the Vidor Pirates against the Nederland Bulldogs.
Foshee went the distance and struck out 16 hitters in the Pirates 6-0 win over the Bulldogs to open District 20-4A play.
The Vidor ace only allowed two hits all night and was aided by six errors. Nederland coach Cody Robbins was not too pleased with the amount of times he watched his batters strike out with the bat still on their shoulders.
“You can’t win with six errors and nine strike outs looking,” Robbins said. “Foshee, hats off to him tonight. He pitched a great game.”
On the flip side, Vidor coach Kyle Green loved what he saw from his pitcher and his team who is now 1-0 in league play.
“He (Foshee) threw the ball well tonight,” Green said. “We expect that from him every outing. His walks were up the past two games but tonight he decided to go right at them.”
Foshee only walked three batters Tuesday on 113 pitches, 74 going for strikes.
Jace Bordelon did his best for the Bulldogs (8-9, 0-1) on the mound as the opposing pitcher. He only gave up three earned runs out of the six total runs on 11 hits with five strike outs.
The trouble for Nederland started in the top of the third when Vidor struck for two runs on two different errors.
Zach Arront scored first on a fielding error after singling to center field with one out and Jeremy Stevenson, who was 3-for-4, also scored on an error. He reached based on an infield single.
Stevenson in the top of the fourth ripped a RBI single to left to score Jarred Taylor.
Vidor would tack on a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh innings. Errors once again assisted Vidor’s scoring in the seventh inning.
The final impression made though was Foshee’s ability to get out of innings in quick fashion. He faced only 27 batters and struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh after giving up a one-out walk.
“He was in the strike zone all night,” Robbins said. “We teach our kids to foul pitches off to stay alive. We just can’t expect to win without swinging the bats. I really thought we had a chance in the first inning to scratch across a run. We can’t stay down after this one. We can learn from this loss. There are 13 more district games on the schedule. I expect we will be where we need to be by the end of the season.”
Nederland had a runner on third in the first inning with one out. Chase Kemp singled to left with one down and moved to third on two wild pitches.
With two outs and runners on first and third, Foshee got Chase Price to strike out looking. It would be the first of six consecutive batters to K without swinging the bat.
“It is always good to get that first 20-4A victory, especially against a team like Nederland at their place,” Green said. “They are always a great baseball team.”
Colton Broussard was the only other batter besides Kemp to get a hit for Nederland.
The Bulldogs return to action Friday with a road trip to Livingston.
VIDOR AB R H BI NEDERLAND AB R H BI
Jeremy Stevenson 4 1 3 1 Nevala 2 0 0 0
Paul Fregia 4 0 2 0 Chase Kemp 3 0 1 0
Dalton Croft 4 2 1 0 Brett Smith 4 0 0 0
T Hernandez 4 1 1 0 Brian Feltman 2 0 0 0
Zach Hester 4 0 1 0 Colby Price 2 0 0 0
Jarred Taylor 4 1 2 0 Austin Thibeaux 1 0 0 0
Eric Foshee 4 0 1 0 Korey Clark 2 0 0 0
Chris Chaisson 4 0 0 1 Colton Broussard 3 0 1 0
Zach Arront 3 1 1 0 Austin Krautz 3 0 0 0
Jace Bordelon 2 0 0 0
TOTALS 35 6 12 2 TOTALS 24 0 2 0
VIDOR 002 110 2 -- 6
NEDERLAND 000 000 0 -- 0
LOB--VIDOR 8, NEDERLAND 5. ERR--Colton Broussard (2),
Nevala, Colby Price, Brian Feltman, Brett Smith. 2B--T
Hernandez, Zach Hester, Paul Fregia. HBP-- Nevala.
VIDOR IP H R ER BB SO HR
Eric Foshee 7.33 2 0 0 3 16 0
Jace Bordelon 6.00 11 6 3 0 5 0
Beau Stewart 1.00 1 0 0 0 1 0