, Port Arthur, Texas


March 14, 2014

LeDoux's 12 Ks pushes Tribe past Bears, 6-1

PORT NECHES — Lance LeDoux was pitching so well against Little Cypress-Mauriceville Friday night he struck the same batter out the same at bat.

LeDoux struck out 12 batters in all after five innings of work and led the Port Neches-Groves Indians to a 6-1 victory over the Bears.

The unique strike out came in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and LeDoux already having striking out the first two batters.

LC-M (1-1) then had three straight singles to load the bases to bring up Dylan Gruber.

PN-G (2-0) was up 4-0 at the time and LeDoux seemed to have struck out Gruber. The Bears took the field for warm up tosses and the Indians were ready to bat. The umpires though advanced all runners and brought Gruber back to the plate and LeDoux back to the mound after calling a very late balk.

LeDoux repeated what he had done just a few minutes before and struck out Gruber.

“That is how he is,” PN-G coach Scott Carter said. “Lance is a very focused pitcher. He didn’t care a bit he had to go back out there and do it again. He just pitches.”

PN-G’s offense produced nine hits in their six innings of batting.

The Indians scored a run in the first two innings.

Ryan Leckich made it 1-0 when he scored on a LC-M error after he had singled to left.

LeDoux helped himself out in the bottom of the second with a RBI double to left to score Skyler Finn.

“Tonight felt great,” LeDoux said. “We are 2-0 to start district so you can’t beat that. Our defense did its job behind me, we played error free ball and our bats really came alive tonight. Everything was working for us as a team.”

Even if LeDoux didn’t want to admit it himself and brag too much, Carter knew his starting pitcher did a fabulous job Friday night.

“Lance doesn’t go out and try to do just one thing,” Carter said. “He doesn’t run out there and just try to be a powerful pitcher. One of the LC-M coaches told me tonight they faced the best pitcher they had faced all year.”

PN-G picked up two more runs in the top of the fourth to make it 4-0 Tribe.

Finn scored on another LC-M error and LeDoux was credited with a run when Logan Chipman ripped a RBI double.

Corbin Coy had a RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to plate Michael Hughes and PN-G’s final run came when Carter Henry scored from third on a double steal.

“Being 2-0 is big for us, especially against teams like Lumberton and LC-M,” Carter said. “Though, 2-0 clinches absolutely nothing. There are still 12 tough games to go. It is a marathon and not a sprint although starting out fast never hurts.”

PN-G returns to The Reservation Tuesday against Beaumont Central before Mid County Madness brings the Tribe to Nederland to face the Bulldogs on Friday.

LC-M be back in Mid County to face the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

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