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March 25, 2014

LeDoux’s 11 Ks leads PN-G past Vidor, 5-0

PORT NECHES — It was the pitching duel fans knew they would get to see, at least for five-plus innings.

It was Port Neches-Groves Lance LeDoux matched up against Vidor’s Eric Foshee. The two aces did not disappoint either.

In the end LeDoux would come out the winner as PN-G stayed perfect in District 20-4A after a 5-0 win Tuesday night.

LeDoux struck out 11 batters in six innings while giving up two hits and no walks. He did it on 82 pitches. LeDoux got five Pirates to strike out twice and one Vidor batter fanned three times.

Foshee also fanned 11 and gave up two hits with one walk. He left the game after throwing 83 pitches in five innings of work.

“Foshee is a great pitcher,” LeDoux said. “It really is an honor to pitch against that guy and get a win.”

After leading 1-0 going to the bottom of the sixth, the Indians (5-0) put a four spot on the board to take a commanding lead.

PN-G in the sixth took advantage of Vidor relief pitcher Paul Fregia who walked the first two batters he face.

Michael Hughes scored on an error before Skylar Finn drove in Carter Henry and Leckich with a two-run single to center.

PN-G designated hitter Blake Lane scored the last run of the night off a passed ball.

Indians coach Scott Carter then called up Logan Ashworth to finish off the Pirates in the seventh.

Ashworth struck out two batters and walked another to end the night.

“Logan is a great guy to have come in at the end of a game,” Carter said. “He came in after LeDoux and being left handed was a fully different look.

“We knew tonight had all the makings of a 1-0 or 2-0 game with LeDoux and Foshee on the mound. Neither of those guys disappointed. Foshee threw a great game. He had us chasing pitches in the early going of the game and we had a little trouble with our slider.”

Both singles Foshee allowed were infield hits. He struck out the side in the second, third and fourht innings. He got five PN-G batters to strike out twice.

LeDoux’s first hit allowed was an infield single in the first and he also allowed a double in the fifth. He worked around the double when he got Zach Arrant to fly out and then PN-G got Chris Chaisson out at second for failing to tag up.

“I have said it before, LeDoux is just a great pitcher,” Carter said. “He came out and just throws the baseball. He doesn’t let mistakes get to him. Then he is smart enough to know when he has done enough. He said he wanted to go back out in the sixth and never got in trouble. Then he didn’t hide he was tired and so we went with Logan in the seventh.”

LeDoux said it is never a problem letting a guy like Ashworth, who signed with Alabama in the fall, finish the job.

“You always know he will get the job done for you,” LeDoux, who is headed to Panola College, said.

The Indians will be busy the rest of the week with a pair of games this weekend. PN-G travels to face Beaumont Ozen Friday before playing host to Livingston on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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