GAME TRACKER: PNG wins state baseball championship 4-2 over Grapevine

Published 1:10 pm Saturday, June 10, 2017

Port Neches-Groves has won its first state baseball championship Saturday afternoon, beating Grapevine 4-2 in the Class 5A final at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

Pitcher Brandon Morse was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. He allowed four hits in a complete-game performance.

It was the fourth time PNG (34-8-2) had made the state rounds in history (1958, 2000, 2004). The highest the Indians had finished was second in the 2000 4A playoffs.

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The game started an hour later than scheduled because of the length of the previous game, a 1A final between eventual champion Abbott and Fayetteville.

Game tracker

• Austin Bost drives in a run on a one-out single in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0, PNG.

• Nathan Vidrine has singled in another run with one to give PNG a 2-0 lead in first.

• Double play has ended the first inning with runner at third.

• PNG strands a runner at second to keep a 2-0 lead going into its half of the second.

• Grapevine runner Dylan Gonzales tossed after arguing a call at first base in top of third. Replay shows Gonzales barely misses beating throw to first. Runner at third with one out.

• Groundout sends runner home to pull Grapevine within 2-1. Runner at first left on; middle third, Indians still ahead 2-1.

• Error at shortstop allows Logan LeJeune to reach in bottom third; Bost hit by pitch; Lane collides with first baseman but is safe on bunt to load bases; Vidrine sac fly drives in run, 3-1 PNG; Bost caught stealing home plate and Morse pops out.

• Bottom four: Trevor Martin singles, starting pitcher is chased, Jacob Vaughan reaches on error at second; LeJeune singles to load bases; Bost draws bases loaded walk, 4-1, PNG

• Top five: Single to right-center pushes lead runner to third for Grapevine; bases loaded; second baseman clipped on double-play attempt as runner is safe (2 outs), runner scores to make it 4-2; Carter lobbies for interference, but to no avail; groundout to third base gets Morse out of trouble

• Indians go down in order in bottom five, still lead 4-2.

• Grapevine goes down in order in top sixth.

• Bottom six: All PNG gets is single by Hayden Guerra. Going to Grapevine seventh. 4-2 Indians.

• Top seven: Full count pop-up to center field as Vaughan calls off LeJeune. Shortstop Vidrine makes a catch beyond third. Guerra catches fly out at left for state championship. FINAL: PNG 4, Grapevine 2.

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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