BASEBALL: Big Needville sixth ends Port Neches’ state run

Published 12:41 pm Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Port Neches Little League 10-under Indians were three outs away from reaching the championship of the Texas East State Tournament when Needville’s bats warmed up again.

Needville scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 10-7 victory Monday night in the elimination bracket final. Needville, which outhit Port Neches 15-12, was scheduled to play Pearland on Tuesday night for the championship.

Two doubles and a single resulted in the tying score for Needville before the first out. A passed ball and single added two more runs with one out, and a one-run single with two out capped the scoring.

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Port Neches grounded out on three straight at-bats to end the game.

Two-out scoring was a common theme Monday night. The Indians struck first in that situation in bottom of the first, thanks to singles by Konner Droddy and Parker Mire to score Bryceten Felps and Parker Allen Ross, respectively. Needville responded in the second with a one-run single and two-run double.

Two more runs put Needville up 6-2 in the third. True to the two-out theme, Port Neches tied the game as McCoy Musgrove singled home P.A. Ross, Kayce Cropper doubled in Mire and Musgrove and Christian Chiasson scratched the tying run on a passed ball.

Port Neches loaded the bases with a single and two walks in the fourth, but a fly out ended the scoring threat. A fifth-inning flyout left bases full before Droddy laced a go-ahead single to shortstop to send home Cropper.

Cropper drove in two runs and went 3 for 5. P.A. Ross batted 3 for 3 and scored twice.

Droddy had two hits and batted in two runs, while Parker Ryan Ross and Foster Cecka each had a hit. Cecka struck out two in four innings, while Felps worked the last two innings.


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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