Tuesday, Port Allen’s Pels won their first game of the week 3-2 against St. James. Pitcher Alex Hebert pitched all seven innings and struck out the final five batters of the game.
The momentum continued into their first game at the Pelican Classic Tournament in Port Allen. The Pels managed to defeat Broadmoor 7-6 on Thursday after a discouraging start, in which Broadmoor scored five runs in the first inning.
“We had to play strong defense,” said Pels’ head baseball coach Josh Laborde. “We took advantage of their mistakes, and we were able to hold them the rest of the game and come back to win.”
Kevin Ransom was perfect at the plate, batting 3 for 3 with a single, a double, and a triple. Ransom also stole two bases and had an RBI.
Malik Green stuck out 10 players in the five innings that he pitched. With bases loaded, Morris Miller struck out the final two batters to end the game.
In Friday’s game against Southern Lab, Port Allen was off to a familiar start after giving up five runs in the first inning. This time, however, the Pels were unable to catch up to their opponents and lost 6-3.
“We made mistake after mistake and we couldn’t overcome them,” said Laborde. In the six innings that Donald Vance controlled the mound, he struck out 11 batters.
The Pels concluded their tournament with an 11-4 loss to French Settlement Saturday.
“We started off badly,” said Laborde. “Our pitching was struggling, and although we hit the ball hard, everything we hit was caught. We just couldn’t get anything good going for us, but I’m really proud of the guys. They’re learning and working hard.”
Pearl River dominated the tournament, winning all three of their games at the Pelican Classic.
This week, the Pels will play McKinley at 5 p.m. at home on Tuesday and participate in the Doyle Tournament this weekend. As part of the tournament, Port Allen is scheduled to play Thursday at Holden at 4 p.m., Friday against Scotlandville at 4 p.m., and Amite Saturday at Holden at 1:45 p.m.