PREP ROUNDUP: Bulldogs primed for rivalry week after routing Jaguars

Published 12:52 am Saturday, March 24, 2018

Staff reports

BEAUMONT — After outscoring Beaumont Central 45-1 this week, Nederland just might have enough offense to take out on the archrival.

Of course, Port Neches-Groves’ pitching staff may have other ideas in such a big week.

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Angel Castillo led the way Friday, going 3 for 3 and batting in two runs on an inside-the-park home run in Nederland’s 16-1, five-inning win. The Bulldogs will go into Tuesday’s game at PNG tied with the Indians for first place in District 22-5A.

PNG (10-7-3, 4-0 in 22-5A) barely stayed atop the standings, holding off a late Vidor rally in a 4-3 win on the road Friday.

Brock Holton went 2 for 2 with two RBI, and Christian Martinez drove in three runs while batting 1 for 2. Landon Hiltz, Adam Roccaforte, Trenton Simon, Case Babino, Martinez, Alexander Ortiz, Brian Davila and Kyler Bertrand each had a hit.

Conner Kemp struck out four and walked two in the first two innings for Nederland (12-5-1, 4-0 in 22-5A). Holton gave up one hit and struck out one in the third, Colton Hartt threw a strikeout in an eight-pitch fourth and Bertrand gave up the only run and fanned two in the fifth.


PNG 4, Vidor 3

VIDOR — Brandon Petix held Vidor to three hits and struck out six, helping the Indians win their fourth straight game.

The Pirates scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Khristian Curtis hung on to earn the save.

Austin Bost went 2 for 3 with two runs batted in to lead the Indians. Carson Roccaforte, Alec LeBouef, Cameron Abate and Petix had the other hits. Petix and Bost doubled.


Lumberton 12, Memorial 1

In Port Arthur, the Raiders limited the Titans’ offense in a battle for fourth place in 22-5A.

Derek Perez batted 2 for 3 with a double and RBI to lead Memorial. Jaylon LaPoint and Josue Rodriguez (double) each had a hit as well.



Nederland 18, Memorial 2

NEDERLAND — Memorial took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, and Nederland responded in a big way.

The Bulldogs (13-8-2, 5-2) scored 16 runs after evening the score in the bottom of the first, and three innings were all the work they needed in Friday’s district game.

Brittany Taylor drove in five runs and went 3 for 4 with three runs scored to lead the Bulldogs. Hope Perkins’ 2-for-3 hitting drove in four runs as she scored two of her own.

Hannah Goode, Allysa Collazo, Destiny Trahan, Hannah Grumbles and Corley Pompa each had a hit. Goode and Taylor each scored three runs, and Collazo, Trahan, Grumbles and Pompa each plated two runs.

Nederland will visit Lumberton at 5 p.m. Tuesday.


Livingston 4, PNG 2

PORT NECHES — Callie Jourdan batted in a run with a triple and Rachel Hammersmith drove in another in the third, but PNG did not overcome Livingston’s three-spot in the third and gave up an insurance run in the seventh.

Sydnee Adams scored a run and stole a base. She had a hit, as did Jourdan, Hammersmith and Sartin.


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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