PREP ROUNDUP: Indians share 22-5A softball title, force Friday tiebreaker

Published 11:29 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Staff reports

LIVINGSTON — Port Neches-Groves earned a share of the District 22-5A softball championship.

The next step for the Indians — or Livingston Lions — is to win the top seed going into the UIL playoffs.

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PNG broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the ninth inning and held on to beat Livingston 4-3 in Tuesday’s regular season finale. The result gave both teams a 13-1 district record, forcing a one-game tiebreaker for the top seed at 6 p.m. Friday at Livingston.

Livingston beat PNG 4-2 on March 23. The Indians have won eight straight since.

Callie Jordan and Brooke Smith each doubled for PNG (18-10-1). Both had two hits, scored a run and batted in a run. Smith stole a base.

Rachel Hammersmith (run, RBI), Bayja Newby (run, RBI) and Maylin Louvier each had one hit. Britni Hunt struck out four and walked two for the nine-inning win.

The Lions led 2-1 before PNG tied it in the sixth inning. Greyson Long struck out seven and walked two.

Nederland 17, Memorial 0, 3 inn.

In Port Arthur, Destini Trahan held Memorial without a hit through three innings, striking out eight. She walked one.

Nederland (18-10-2, 10-4 in 22-5A) totaled 11 hits, three coming from Brittany Taylor, two each coming from Hannah Goode and Kallye Taylor and one from Hannah Grumbles, Allysa Collazo, Kristan Traxler and Corley Pompa. Goode drove in three runs, Grumbles and Tyalor two each, and Danielle Richarson, Collazo and Pompa one each.

Nederland is waiting to find out its bi-district round opponent.


Nederland 12, Livingston 0, 5 inn.

NEDERLAND — Braydon Credeur tossed nine strikeouts and held the Lions to a hit Tuesday, as the Bulldogs (18-6-1, 10-1 in 22-5A) stayed a game above Port Neches-Groves for the district lead with three games to go.

Colton Hartt was 2 for 3 with three RBI, Landon Hiltz doubled and drove in four runs, and Case Babino, Kyler Bertrand, Alex Ortiz, Wade Butler and Christian Martinez each had a hit. Ortiz batted in two runs, and Bertrand and Butler knocked in one each.

Nederland will visit Livingston on Friday.

PNG 15, Central 1, 5 inn.

PORT NECHES — Jamison Simmons recorded six strikeouts in four innings, and the Indians (15-9-3, 9-2 in 22-5A) cruised past Beaumont Central at home.

Auston Bost went 2 for 2 with an RBI to lead PNG. Carson Roccaforte and Cameron Stansbury each drove in two runs and had a hit, while Drake Varnado, Josh Hranicky, Brandon Petix, Khristian Curtis, Cade Billeaud, Hunter Curtis and Zack Deckert each lined one as well.

The return game will be held Friday in Beaumont.

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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