, Port Arthur, Texas


May 3, 2014

Crosby halts PN-G rally, forces game 3

BAYTOWN —  It was easy to see the look of disappointment on the face of Indians’ head coach Scott Carter following Friday’s second game of the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs.

  Carter had seen his Port Neches Groves team fall to Crosby in the second game of the best of three playoffs.  But what disappointed him was the way the Tribe played.

  “When you make all the mistakes we made, and make all those errors and still have a chance to win, you know you’re the better baseball team,” Carter said following the Tribe’s 6-4 loss to Crosby that evened the series 1-1. “If you don’t make the mistakes, you win the baseball game.”

  The Indians committed five errors, hit two batters, issued four walks, and had three wild pitches in Friday’s 6-4 loss to Crosby Friday night, and still had a chance to win the game.

  Down 6-2 in the home half of the seventh inning, Jacob Underhill led off with a single. Pinch hitter Kaleb Sparks reached on another single. A wild pitch by Cougar starter Austin Hearn advanced the runners. When Michael Hughes doubled to centerfield, Underhill scored and Sparks moved to third.

  That’s when Cougars’ coach Chris Wiggins decided that Hearn’s night was over. He called upon Nathan Gabryszewski to put out the fire. Gabryszewski uncorked a wild pitch that scored Sparks to make it 6-4, and Hughes advanced to third.

    With no outs and the top of the order coming up, there was reason for optimism. Until Gabryszewski struck out the top three hitters to end the game.

  The Tribe will undoubtedly have to face Gabryzewski in today’s game three.

  “We will see him tomorrow,” Carter said. “And he’s a good kid, who throws the ball extremely well and it’s played into their hands right now.”

  PN-G grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Carter Henry opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a Lance LeDoux sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Underhill singled to drive in Henry.

  The Cougars scored twice in the fourth without benefit of a hit. LeDoux walked Sean Bergeron and Colton Watley put down a sacrifice bunt. Ledoux fielded the bunt and threw wildly to first, allowing Bergeron to advance to third. Richard Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Bergeron to tie the score and Watley scored when shortstop Henry misplayed Jonathan Riffle’s ground ball to make it 2-1.

  “They didn’t have a hit until the fifth inning,” Carter said. “And we just have to do a better job than that and make plays.”

  Hunter Hearn got the Cougars’ first hit leading off the fifth. Mario Segura legged out an infield hit and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Chase Woods relieved LeDoux and struck out the next Cougar but Watley drove in both runs with a double to centerfield to make it 4-1.

 PN-G cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fifth on an RBI double by Skyler Finn that drove in Logan Chipman. Hunter Hearn singled to open the seventh, stole second, moved to third and scored on two wild pitches. Bergeron scored when Martinez lofted a fly ball in foul territory that first baseman Austin Milan snagged with a great catch.

  Today’s decisive game will return to the Baytown Sterling field today at 1 p.m.

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