PREP ROUNDUP: Carter earns 500th career win
The News staff report
PORT NECHES — Scott Carter reached a milestone Tuesday. Aside from Lumberton, all he needed Port Neches-Groves to do was beat the rain.
Brandon Morse struck out six and allowed two earned runs on six hits in six innings, helping PNG remain undefeated in District 22-5A baseball with an 11-2 win Tuesday. The victory is the 500th of Carter’s career.
The Indians (17-5-2, 9-0 in 22-5A), who have won nine straight, barely outhit the Raiders 8-6, but took advantage of three Lumberton errors. Leadoff man Hayden Guerra smashed a home run over left field to begin a four-run first inning that continued with an RBI on Morse’s at-bat and, with two outs, an Austin Bost run on an error that allowed Cameron Stansberry to take two bases and a Holden Lane sacrifice fly that sent him home.
After Lumberton scored two in the fourth, PNG added two runs on passed balls and Lane singled in a run in its half of the inning. In the sixth, Bost drove in another run on a double and scored on a passed ball, another error allowed a run and Dylan McGough hit an RBI single.
It was that kind of night where the ball bounced PNG’s way.
Bost went 3 for 4, McGough was 2 for 3, and Guerra, Lane and Josh Hranicky accounted for the Indians’ other hits.
Brandon Petix had a perfect seventh inning on the mound, striking out three.
PNG will visit Lumberton on Thursday.
PNG 10, Lumberton 0
LUMBERTON — On Wednesday, Kasidee Sartin homered in the third inning, Brooke Smith doubled twice, and the Indians (20-7, 10-2 in 22-5A) shut out the Raiders.
Britni Hunt struck out seven and walked one while holding Lumberton to two hits. Catcher Kaitlyn Boudreaux, who hit 2 for 3, drove in four runs and stole three bases, caught a Lumberton runner trying to steal.
Alexis LaBure hia first-inning triple, Callie Jourdan was 2 for 3 with a stolen base, and Hannah Denman and LaBure accounted for the rest of PNG’s nine hits. Smith also scored three runs.
PNG will host Central at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Nederland 8, Vidor 2
VIDOR — Nederland scored five runs in the top of the fifth to break open a narrow lead and improved to 12-0 in District 22-5A with a six-run victory.
Amanda Longlet drove in four runs and batted 2 for 3 to lead the Bulldogs. Destini Trahan was 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Lexi Eversole and Hannah Goode accounted for the Bulldogs’ remaining hits.
Trahan allowed no earned runs on six hits and struck out six in a complete-game victory.
Thursday’s games (due to the Easter holiday): In baseball, Port Arthur Memorial will host Ozen in a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.; Sabine Pass heads to Evadale for a 6 p.m. tilt, and Nederland visits Vidor for a 7 p.m. game. In softball, Sabine Pass will host Deweyville at 4:30 p.m., Memorial visits Vidor for a 6 p.m. game, and Nederland hosts Livingston for a 6 p.m. battle.