NEW CANEY —
The dark skies that had released a torrent of rain on Adam Dunn Field in New Caney just hours before game time cleared just long enough for the Georgetown Eagles to defeat the PNG Indians 10-2 in the area round of the Texas high school baseball playoffs.
Lance Ledeoux took the hill for the Indians but a couple of errors, a wild pitch and some timely Georgetown hits led to 5-0 lead first inning lead and a quick exit for the PNG left-hander.
Logan Ashworth took over for Ledeoux in the second but the sloppy fielding continued and by the time Ashworth departed in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, the Eagles had built a 10-2 lead. Left-handed hitting Sam McDonald scorched two ringing doubles to lead the Georgetown attack. His second double of the night landed in the deepest part of the park hitting the base of the left centerfield wall 390 feet away.
Freshman lefty Ryan Leckich came on with two outs and three runs in in the fifth and promptly shut the door on Georgetown. Leckich gave up just one hit and struck out four over the final two and a third innings.
Georgetown starter Braden Pearson held the Indians in check with six strong innings of work. The junior lefthander allowed two runs on two hits with four strikeouts. Senior Alec Sanchez pitched the final inning for Georgetown.
PNG got on the board in the second when Jason Beavens’ sacrifice fly brought home Kaleb Clark who had reached on an error with one out.
The Indians final run of the season came in the third. Daniel Mullens doubled with one out and Mason Vizena looped an rbi single down the right field line.
The loss ended an otherwise remarkable season for the Indians. Head coach Mark Brevell reflected on his team and the season.
“Nobody gave us a chance but we battled all season, Brevell said. “I am so proud of these guys. They never quit. They finished second in District 20-4A and won the bi-district championship. Hats off to Georgetown. They played a great game and may be the best team we faced all season.”
For the Indians, it was the final hurrah for seniors Brack Presley, Yancey Foster, Daniel Mullens, Dylan Saatzer, Mason Vizena and Dillon Hebert.