Indians facing elimination at Sterling

Published 4:23 pm Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Port Neches-Groves Indians lost for the first time in 14 games Wednesday, and it put the team in a 0-1 hole in the Class 5A Region III area round.

Santa Fe ended the Indians’ win streak with a 6-1 at Baytown Sterling High School, a spot that has doomed PN-G over the last two playoff runs.

The two teams return to Sterling at 7 p.m. Friday for Game 2. Game 3, if necessary, is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sterling.

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PN-G (21-7) got five innings from Carter Henry. He gave up five runs on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

Santa Fe’s (21-10) Jacob Blankenship pitched all seven innings and gave up a run on six hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.

Henry scored PN-G’s lone run in the fourth inning when Ryan Leckich had a sacrifice fly to cut the Santa Fe lead down to 2-1. Henry had reached third with a triple.

Santa Fe went on to score three runs in the fifth and tacked on one more in the sixth.

Chase Warren had a double for the Indians.

Leckich is expected to start Friday for PN-G. The future Baylor Bear is 7-2 on the season with a 1.28 ERA with 74 strikeouts.

— Gabriel Pruett

About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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