Not to be outrivaled: Bulldogs’ efforts hold up at The Reservation

Published 2:41 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The News staff reports

PORT NECHES — Nederland started it, and Port Neches-Groves nearly finished it.

A three-run seventh inning was not enough for PNG, and Nederland remained unbeaten in District 22-5A softball with a 5-4 victory Tuesday.

Hannah Goode hit a solo home run in the first, and the Bulldogs (18-9-1, 10-0 in 22-5A) plated three more runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Goode was one of three Nederland players with two hits apiece.

And, wouldn’t you know it, all three are named Hannah.

Hannah Smith and Hannah Grumbles each drove in two runs. Smith hit a double to center field to score two, and Grumbles had a single in the third.

PNG’s Kaitlyn Boudreaux ended the shutout with a home run to lead off the sixth, but Nederland pushed the lead back up to four runs when Grumbles sacrificed to score Smith. The Indians (18-7, 8-2) made things interesting in the seventh when Alexis LaBure lined a single to score a run and, with two out, Kasidee Sartin drove in two runs on another single. But Destini Trahan got the next batter to strike out to seal the win.

Trahan fanned eight batters and allowed one earned run on six hits in all seven innings. LaBure worked five innings in relief for starter Britni Hunt and allowed four hits while striking out seven.

Each team had eight hits, but four errors hurt the Indians.

PNG will visit Port Arthur Memorial on Friday, when Nederland pays Ozen a visit.



PNG 15, MEMORIAL 0 (5 inn.)

PORT NECHES — Josh Hranicky threw a five-inning one-hitter and struck out 11 Tuesday in a rout of Memorial.

But that wasn’t all.

Jacob Vaughn launched an inside-the-park home run in the third inning that scored Nathan Vidrine, Holden Lane and Cameron Stansberry to make the score 8-0. He and Hranicky each drove in four runs.

Trevor Martin was PNG’s only multiple hitter with two, but the Indians (15-5-2, 7-0 in 22-5A) finished with 12 hits. Hayden Guerra, Logan LeJeune, Austin Bost, Zack Murdock, Vidrine, Lane, Hranicky, Dylan McGough and Courtland Sullivan also entered the hit column.

Miguel Martinez collected Memorial’s only hit.

The two teams will face off Friday at Memorial (7-10, 2-5).



NEDERLAND — Reilly Hebert and Landon Hiltz each drove in two runs, Brendan Dunkleberger and Hiltz each totaled two hits, and the Bulldogs (8-11-2, 4-3 in 22-5A).

Dane Jones, Chase Kemp, Burke Badon and Conor McGrath each had a hit for the Bulldogs.

Dunkleberger held Ozen to three hits and struck out 10 in the win.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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