, Port Arthur, Texas


May 3, 2014

Crosby ousts PN-G; 19-4A sweeps 20-4A

BAYTOWN —   The Port Neches-Groves Indians were the last hope to save District 20-4A baseball’s season on Saturday at Baytown Sterling High School.

  Instead, the Crosby Cougars gave 20-4A an early summer as they won Game 3, 7-2, and eliminated the Indians from the playoffs. PN-G had won Game 1, 9-1, before the Cougars won Game 2, 6-4. All games were played at Baytown Sterling.

  District 20-4A had Vidor get swept by Kingwood Park and Livingston go 0-2 against Dayton. Nederland lost in three to Barbers Hill earlier Saturday.

    PN-G’s season ends with an 18-11 record. It was a rollercoaster season that had the Indians start District 20-4A play with a 6-0 mark. PN-G would finish league play at 10-4 and in third place.

      “Nobody ever wants the season to end,” PN-G coach Scott Carter said. “There can only be one team that doesn’t end its season with a loss and that is the state champion. You either win state or lose your last game.”

      The Indians jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Corbin Coy scored on a sacrifice fly by Carter Henry.

      PN-G’s lead did not last long as the Cougars would go on to score four runs in the top of the second off two RBI singles and a two-run double by Osman Quintana. The Cougars added two more runs in the top of the third as both Colton Watley and Jacob McGill crossed home plate to make it 6-1.

      After Crosby scored again in the top of the sixth to go ahead 7-1, PN-G scored its last run of the seven in the bottom of the seventh.

    Ryan Leckich led off the inning with an infield single and took second on a Crosby error before getting moved to third by a groundout from Adam Morse.

      Jacob Underhill then had a RBI single to center to make it 7-2.

      A groundout and a strike out then ended any hope of a huge rally by the Indians.

      Carter seemed pleased with his hitting throughout the series yet knows pitching and defense cost the Indians a trip to the next round. It is the first time since 2007 PN-G does not get out of the first round.

      “We came out really hitting in the first game,” Carter said. “The second game came down to seven errors. We made seven of them and still had a shot to win the game. Today we came out and they did a better job of pitching the ball. We were ready to  play but pitching was the difference in the baseball game.”

      Logan Chipman got the start for the Indians and lasted three innings.Tyler Herald went the rest of the way and gave up one run in four innings.

      Crosby will now face Brenham who defeated Georgetown East View in two games. The Cubs won Game 1, 12-1, and Game 2, 11-1.

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    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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