Indians take pair at home

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 12, 2016

The News staff report

PORT NECHES — With tournaments cancelled thanks to the weather, Port Neches-Groves and Port Arthur Memorial didn’t hesitate to try to get in a game before district play begins.

PN-G got the better end of the deal, scoring six runs in the fifth inning to take a 10-0 win over the Titans in six innings Friday night.

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It was the second game of a doubleheader for the Indians, who also defeated Hamshire-Fannett 9-1. PN-G was to play in the Pete Runnels Tournament in the Lufkin area while Memorial was to play in the SETX Baseball Classic in Vidor and Beaumont, but both tournaments were washed out.

That cannot be said about the Indians’ offense.

PN-G scored on a sacrifice grounder by Adam Morse, a steal of home plate by Cole Girouard, a passed ball and a Nathan Vidrine three-run double. Girouard tripled and doubled and scored three runs in the win. Morse drove in two runs.

Ryan Leckich struck out eight and allowed two hits in five innings for the win. Kevin Cruz Lugo struck out three and allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.

PN-G scored a run in the first, two in the third and a run in the sixth to close the game. Memorial committed five errors.

Against Hamshire-Fannett, Josh Hranicky threw three hitless innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out seven. Girouard smacked a two-run homer and finished with three RBI.

Carter Henry and Trey Selman each had two hits for PN-G. Hayden Guerra scored two runs, as did Girouard, Morse and Selman.