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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.

 

SOFTBALL

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.

 

 

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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