The Port Allen Pelicans had a challenging week against their first district opponent of the season as well as a difficult game against a non-district McKinley.
“It was a tough one for us,” said head coach Josh Laborde.
The Pels hosted the U-High Cubs at home Tuesday, ending in a 0-14 loss. Early on in the game, Kevin Ransom hit a triple. The Pelican defense was also off to a positive start, and prevented the Cubs from scoring, but U-High’s offense struck hard, scoring four runs in the fourth inning and seven runs in the fifth.
“Despite the score, we really didn’t play that bad against U-High,” said Pelicans Head Baseball Coach Josh Laborde. “U-high just did what they do best, and eventually the game got out of hand.”
Thursday, the Pels played in Baton Rouge at U-High, and lost in similar fashion, 0-13. Ransom, again, tried to get Port Allen off to a good start, beginning the game with a line drive and a steal for second base, but the Cubs offense was too strong for the Pelicans.
“We had to try to take advantage of any little mistake they made, and they didn’t make many,” said Laborde.
Much like the previous game, the Cubs saw an opportunity in the fourth inning and grasped it, scoring nine runs in a single inning.
“We made a few errors, and they jumped all over us,” said Laborde.
In spite of the numbers on the scoreboard, Laborde said he was proud of his team’s persistence.
“I really was pleased with our efforts considering our opponent.”
Saturday, the Pelicans struggled to maintain the lead over McKinley and finally lost their hold, losing 7-11. After an early Port Allen lead, the teams continued to go back and forth until they tied at seven. McKinley then scored, leaving the Pels at a standstill.
“It was bad from the start and it only snowballed,” said Coach Laborde. “Alex Hebert did a great job pitching, but we couldn’t get base hits, and then critical mistakes cost us runs. It was one of those games where our experience level really showed. McKinley proved that they wanted it more than our guys did.”
The Pels will play at Baker Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then hosts Baker Thursday at 5 p.m.
Port Allen will wrap up their week with a home game Saturday at 1 p.m. against Southern Lab.
“Hopefully we can turn it around this week and go on from there,” said Laborde.