Bost powers Indians to series win; Manvel next

Published 7:37 pm Saturday, May 6, 2017

HUMBLE — Big innings proved very valuable to Port Neches-Groves.

By the time Humble put together one, it was too late.

Austin Bost tripled and doubled twice, and the Indians wrapped up a 5A bi-district round victory with a 12-9 feat over Humble on Saturday. The Indians won the best-of-three series in two games, following a 2-1 win in Port Neches on Friday.

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PNG will start at three-game series in Crosby against Manvel at 7 p.m. Thursday. Times for games 2 and 3 are to be determined.

Jacob Vaughan and Bost each hammered three hits and drove in two runs. Vaughan also scored three runs.

PNG (24-5-2) scored three runs in the top of the seventh, and they proved big. Humble struck back with six runs in the bottom half. A one-out single started the rally, and a sac fly and two bases-loaded walks continued it. Anthony Villarreal drove in two runs and a walk loaded the bases again before a fly out ended the series.

Logan LeJeune and Vaughan each drove in two runs on singles in the top of the second, and Villarreal helped Humble respond with a one-run single in the bottom of the inning.

Hayden Guerra’s one-run sac fly started a four-run fourth for the Indians. Brandon Morse’s double, Nathan Vidrine’s single and Josh Hranicky’s single each resulted in runs.

Vaughan scored again on Morse’s at-bat in the fifth, and the Wildcats responded with a run in their half.

Bost’s triple came in the seventh, driving in two runs. He scored on Morse’s groundout.

Guerra and Vidrine each had two hits. Cameron Stansberry, Zack Murdock, LeJeune, Morse and Hranicky rounded out the Indians’ 15 hits. Vaughan, Morse, Bost and LeJeune each drove in two hits.

Villarreal batted in three runs. Avery George also went 2 for 4.

Morse earned the win after holding Humble to two earned runs on four hits and striking out six in 4 2/3 innings. Brandon Petix allowed five earned runs on two hits and recorded two Ks in two innings, and Vidrine recorded the final out.

Avery Sheldon allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits in four innings to take the loss. Tyrese Clayborne gave up four earned runs on five hits in the other three innings.

— I.C. Murrell


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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