The Port Allen Pelicans competed in Brusly’s baseball tournament over the weekend, and finished with a win and two losses.
Friday, in Port Allen’s first game of the tournament, the Pels were blasted in a 19-0 to Dunham.
“It was a learning experience,” said Pelican head baseball coach Josh Laborde. “Dunham is just a really good team. The guys played well and I’m proud of them, but we were just outplayed by a better team.”
Saturday, Port Allen came out and crushed East Feliciana 16-6.
“It was a great win for us,” said Coach Laborde. “We needed that first win.”
The Pels’ slow start didn’t hold them down for long.
“We made some big mistakes in the beginning. As a result, all six of East Feliciana’s runs were scored in the first two innings.”
Despite the six points scored against him in the first two innings, Port Allen pitcher Alex Hebert had a solid performance, pitching a complete game with 11 strikeouts in five innings.
“We had a bunch of guys do really well at the plate,” said Laborde.
The Pelicans’ offense was lead by Lorenzo Osborne (two hits, three stolen bases, one run scored), B.J. McClay (one triple, two runs scored, two stolen bases), and Malik Green (one triple, two runs scored, got on base four times).
In their third and final game, Port Allen was blanked by Ascension Catholic 14-0.
“Everything went wrong,” said Laborde. “Inexperience caught up to us and defeat set in towards the end. We just made a lot of physical and mental mistakes, but most importantly, the kids didn’t quit. Every inning we put runners on base, but we just didn’t score. All we can do is learn from it, get better, and get ready for next week. As long as they work hard and stick to it, they’ll be alright.”
This week, the Pels will face St. James on Wednesday and play in the Independence Tourney Friday and Saturday.
“We’re playing some good teams this weekend,” said Laborde. “We’ll see what we learned from last week and how the team’s grown.”