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May 1, 2014

Indians take Game 1, 9-1

BAYTOWN — Port Neches-Groves head baseball coach Scott Carter knows that the success that his team has in the state playoffs will be determined by timely hitting and good pitching.

Thursday night against 19-4A Co-Champion Crosby, he got both.

Ryan Leckich stymied the Cougars on three hits over five innings, scored twice, and had a pair of doubles as the Tribe opened their best of three first round playoff series with a 9-1 drubbing of Crosby in Baytown.

“When we hit the ball, we usually do well,” said Carter following his team’s 12-hit attack. “Our pitching has really been good all year.”

Leckich, a left-handed sophomore, who has already been noticed by no fewer than two division 1 universities in Texas walked two and struck out seven.  Two of the three hits he allowed were infield hits.

“He really showed a lot of poise,” Carter said.  “He threw strikes and didn’t get rattled at all.”

The Tribe staked Leckich to a 2-0 lead in the first.  Logan Chipman doubled to open the first and Skylar Finn reached on a bunt single.  Two outs later, Lance Ledoux doubled over left-fielder Jeff Sparks to drive in Chipman and Finn.

PN-G committed three errors in the bottom of the first but Leckich got out of the inning unscathed when cleanup hitter Richard Martinez lined out to first baseman Chipman, who stepped on the bag to double off Sean Bergeron.

The Tribe added two more runs in the third.  Finn singled with one out and scored on Leckich’ first double.  Carter Henry doubled to the left field corner to drive in Leckich to make it 4-0.

PN-G made it 7-0 in the sixth.  With two outs, Adam Morse singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Jacob Underhill doubled home Morse and advanced to third when Blake Lane reached safely on shortstop Nathan Gabryszwski’s error.  Underhill scored on a wild pitch and Lane crossed the plate after an RBI-single by Ky Walker.

Carter called upon Chase Woods to pitch the final two innings.  Woods gave up a run in the sixth on a double by Chase Stripling and a two-out single by Charley Harber.

The Indians added two more runs in the seventh.  Leckich had a one-out double and scored when Cougar pitcher misplayed Ledoux’ high infield fly.  Morse plated LeDoux with a triple.

Game two of the series will be Friday night at 7pm and game three (if necessary) will be Saturday at 1 pm.  All games will be at Baytown Sterling.  Coach Carter said he was not sure who would be the starting pitcher for the Tribe.

 

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