Tribe, Dogs stumble in 20-4A baseball openers

Published 12:12 am Wednesday, March 16, 2011


PORT NECHES — With two outs and bases loaded on a full count, the Port Neches-Groves Indians were hoping for a hit into the gap. They were hoping the speedy Amir Jalali could score from first to give the Tribe a 5-4 victory.

Instead, the ensuing pitch was a ball four, cutting the Indians deficit to 4-3 but Jalali ran past second and could not slow down in time to aviod getting gunned down by Livingston’s catcher.

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And that’s how Tuesday night’s 20-4A opener ended for the host team.

Livingston made off with a 4-3 victory after 11 innings. The Lions used a pair of solo home runs in the top half of the 11th to earn the 4-2 advantage.

The Lions got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. PN-G responded with a run in the second and then took a 2-1 edge in the fourth.

Livingston tied the contest at 2-2 in the sixth inning. Austin Stone left after seven innings of pitching duty. Aaron Graham took over and carried PN-G the rest of the way.

The Lions did not get ahold of Graham until the two homers.

The Tribe had little to offer offensively. Daniel Sparrow had a pair of singles but no Indian batter managed an extra base hit. Livingston and PN-G had nine hits each.

PN-G will head to Nederland on Friday for its next game. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Both squads enter the rivalry matchup with 10-4 overall records and 0-1 district tabs.

Vidor 7, Nederland 5

VIDOR — Holding a 4-0 lead after four at-bats, the Nederland Bulldogs had a meltdown in the fourth inning and lost a 7-5 decision to Vidor in their District 20-4A baseball opener.

Nederland committed three errors in the fourth and walked in two runs as well. Vidor turned those mistakes into seven runs and held a 7-4 advantage after that inning.

The Bulldogs had chances in the sixth and seventh columns to at least even the score but failed miserably. They loaded the bases in the sixth without burning an out but could not scratch a run, as one batter went down on strikes and the next rolled into a double play.

Nederland put runners on second and third with nobody out in the sixth but could only muster one run.

Jacob Pitts had a solo homer in the second inning to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. They added two runs in the second and another in the top of the fourth.

Tyler Smith was the losing pitcher. He chipped in with a double at the plate, however. Trent Fontenot also had a double. Nederland was outhit 7-6.

The Bulldogs will go into Friday’s Mid-County bash with Port Neches-Groves, sharing 10-4 overall records and 0-1 tabs in district play.

The Indians fell 4-3 to Livingston after 11 innings at the Reservation on Tuesday night.

First pitch in Nederland is set for 7 p.m.    

Lady Indians 10, Lady Raiders 0

PORT NECHES — Brittnee Moore pitched a one-hit shutout and drove in a run to lead the Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians softball squad to a 10-0 blowout victory over Lumberton on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Lady Tribe’s District 20-4A record moves to 3-0. They are now 13-7 overall and will travel to Beaumont on Friday to face Ozen for their next game.

Moore’s pitching record, meanwhile, improves to 9-4. She fanned 10 Lady Raiders on the night.

PN-G took a 1-0 edge in the first inning and never looked back, adding three runs in the second, four in the third, and then enforced the 10-run rule after plating two in the sixth.

 Offensively, the Lady Indians were led by Kristin Braye and Ricki Gilbert who each went 2 for 4. Gilbert also collected two RBIs. Caitlyn Dykes and Kate Fawcett chipped in with doubles. PN-G had nine hits in the contest.