PN enters third team in Little League finals after shootout

Published 12:07 am Saturday, July 8, 2017

NEDERLAND — This was a true test of survival.

Beaumont’s West End matched Port Neches run-for-run through five innings. Two more runs by West End, and a 26-run game would have displayed a little more offense.

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Port Neches led by six runs at one point and held West End off for a 14-12 win Friday night in the final elimination game of the Little League Section 2 Majors tournament at Nederland Little League.

This put Port Neches in tonight’s championship game against North Shore of Houston, starting at 7. If Port Neches wins, a second title game will be played Monday.

It will be a rematch of the tournament opener for both teams; North Shore routed Port Neches on Wednesday.

The hopes of a championship sweep in the Little League age groups are still intact with the Port Neches Majors’ latest victory. Tonight, both the PN 11-year-old and 10-year-old teams need only win once to claim their Section 2 titles. The 11s will take one West End at North Shore in a game that has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. The 10s will face Orwall American in the title bout at West End starting at 7.

Port Neches outhit West End 13-7 but committed five errors, one more than West End. Luckily, the bats came alive for the team in purple.

Cole Crippen went 3 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Cayce Crippen, Landon Guarnere and Tommy Reed each had two hits; Cayce drove in three runs and Reed two. Cole Crippen and Reed both homered.

Port Neches was up 14-8 going into the bottom of the sixth and survived one last onslaught to win.

I.C. Murrell: 721-2435. Twitter: @ICMurrellPANews

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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