Port Allen’s regularly scheduled Tuesday baseball game against Baker was rescheduled and played on Wednesday after a tragic shooting at a Baker baseball player’s birthday party Friday night that left three teenagers dead.
Baker’s baseball coach called Port Allen’s coach, Josh Laborde, and asked to reschedule the game.
“Our boys expressed sympathy for them, so before the game Wednesday, the team’s came together to pray,” said Laborde.
Alex Hebert pitched for the Pels in the 11-4 loss to the Buffs.
“We started out ahead,” said Laborde. “We took the lead in the second inning, and we never saw it again... We just made a lot of errors. We gave up 10 runs; it’s hard to win like that.”
Thursday the Buffs played at Port Allen and soundly defeated the Pelicans 20-9.
“We were hoping for a new energy at our place,” said Laborde. “Again, we took the lead early on. We were ahead in the first inning, and tied in the third, but in the fifth inning, they scored 11 runs.”
Laborde said that Malik Green, who pitched Thursday’s game, did an excellent job, despite the lopsided score.
“He just got tired as the game wore on,” he said.
Saturday, the Pelicans turned things around with an 11-1 win over Southern Lab behind the arm of Alex Hebert, who pitched a one-hitter and complete game.
Hebert had a no-hitter going until the final inning.
“He pitched an excellent game,” said Laborde. “He threw a ton of strikes. As a team, we played great defense and had fun. We were able to hit, bunt, and run well. We completely turned the tide on a team that beat us just a few weeks ago. If we had played like that against Baker, we could’ve won.”
The Pels scored five of their 11 runs in the second inning. Every batter in the lineup was able to score at least one run.
Lorenzo Osborne, who currently sports a .422 batting average, was 2-for-3, had three RBI, and scored two runs.
“He accounted for half of the runs by himself,” said Laborde. “He’s a true force at the plate.”
This week, the Pelicans face Parkview at home Tuesday at 5 p.m., Parkview again away Thursday at 4 p.m., and Tara at home Saturday at 1 p.m.
“Parkview’s a phenomenal team,” said Laborde. “Just their name alone is recognized as a tough competitor. I tell my guys all the time that there’s a difference in losing and getting beat. Losing is when you give up and you let them take the win. If you’re getting beat, you’re doing something. I just want my guys to compete. If they get beat, that’s life, but I want them to be in the game.”