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Mid-County Madness highlights local softball’s Tuesday

Spring break is upon local teams, but there’s still plenty of action on the local softball diamonds. In fact, Tuesday will see the first of two scheduled Mid-County Madness matchups.

Port Neches-Groves and Nederland will square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Port Neches in another early-season district clash for the two squads. Nederland has already played two of the three 20-4A playoff teams from last season and is 1-1 so far.

The Lady Bulldogs (14-6, 2-1) fell 7-1 to 2012 state semifinalist Little Cypress-Mauriceville on Friday after beating Livingston earlier in the week. Raven Cole struck out 13 for LC-M to pick up the victory, while MaKayla Kelly struck out six in six innings of work for Nederland.

The Lady Bulldogs also knocked off 2012 playoff team Vidor 16-3 to open district play on Feb. 26. Nederland currently sits a game out of first place, behind LC-M.

PN-G (11-7, 2-1) bounced back from a 7-2 loss of its own to LC-M last Tuesday to beat Beaumont Central 15-0. The Lady Indians are tied with Nederland, a game back of LC-M and in playoff position once again.

The two teams split the regular season series last year, with PN-G beating Nederland 9-5 at the Reservation, after the Lady Indians scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Nederland won the second matchup 4-0 thanks to two home runs by Emily Nolan, who is now playing at Louisiana State University-Eunice.

Port Arthur Memorial continued its district schedule on Monday at North Shore. The Lady Titans lost 22-0 to Deer Park to open district play last Tuesday.