Lady Indians wrap up 20-4A softball crown
BEAUMONT — Mission accomplished.
The Port Neches-Groves softball team reached the first of many goals this season as they clinched the District 20-4A title with a 15-0 victory over Beaumont Central in four innings Tuesday at Jaguar Field.
PN-G finished district play with a 12-2 record, finishing a game ahead of second-place Nederland, and are 22-9 overall. The Lady Indians will face the fourth-place finisher from District 19-4A, either Crosby or Goose Creek Memorial.
“We set a goal to be district champions,” PN-G head coach Brooke Fontenot said. “This was a big accomplishment for our team. It’s my first time as a head coach to be district champs alone. Last season, we shared the title with Nederland and [Little Cypress-Mauriceville]. As a coach and a team, it was a nice accomplishment. It was well deserved by this team. They are good competitors, good athletes that have put in hard work this season.”
PN-G starting pitcher Megan Romero (5-3) earned the victory, allowing just one hit in four innings of work. Romero also struck out four while walking none and went 3 for 3 at the plate. Batterymate Caitlynn Dykes was 2 for 3 and came up with a big hit to get the Lady Indians on the board early.
In the top of the first, Kate Fawcett walked and moved to second when Kristin Braye reached on an error. Dykes followed with a three-run home run to give PN-G the early 3-0 lead.
Port Neches-Groves 15, Beaumont Central 0, 4 innings
PN-G 352 5 — 15 15 0
Central 000 0 — 0 1 2
Megan Romero and Caitlynn Dykes; Wilson and Basha. W — Megan (5-3). L — Wilson.
Leading hitters: PN-G — Romero 3-3; Kaylee Powell 2-3; Hayley Kiker 2-3; Dykes 2-3; Kate Fawcett 2-2.