Port Allen was overcome by Parkview back-to-back Thursday in a double header.
“It was a little intimidating to play the defending state champs at their place with their 12 championship banners hanging around the field,” said Port Allen Coach Josh Laborde, “but we did, and that’s an accomplishment in itself.”
In the first game, the Pels lost 1-15.
“It was just a whole different level of baseball,” said Laborde. “Parkview was really tough for us; they know how to hit the ball well.”
After rotating pitchers on the mound, LeAndre Dixon pitched for the Pelicans in his first varsity game.
“He did a good job and got some outs for us,” said Laborde.
Kevin Ransom got Port Allen’s only base hit of the game, and scored the Pels’ one and only run on an infield error.
“We gave up 17 bases,” said Laborde. “When you do something like that, it’s hard to beat a team of that caliber, but we didn’t quit.”
In the following game, the Pelicans lost to Parkview 1-12.
“It’s kind of disheartening because the score isn’t representative of how well we played,” said Coach Laborde. “We only made one error in the second game against Parkview. It was like night and day from the way we played in the first game.”
Laborde said he was impressed with his team’s batting and pitching in the second game. Although only one run was scored, Port Allen managed six big hits on Parkview. Malik Green pitched the complete game for the Pelicans.
Saturday, Port Allen dominated Tara 15-5 at home. Sophomore Alex Hebert pitched a complete game for the Pelicans.
“He’s starting to get that swagger you want a pitcher to have on the mound,” said Laborde. “Of the eight complete games he’s pitched this season, seven were wins, and he’s only a sophomore. I’m really excited to see what his future holds.”
Port Allen was off to a slow start, and Tara jumped on the Pels 3-0, but things turned around quickly. In the second inning, the Pelicans scored five runs, taking the lead.
“From then on, it was our game,” said Laborde. “We hit the ball all over the field, bunted when we needed to, and stole 24 bases as a team.”
Lorenzo Osborne hit a double and a triple. Malik Green was walked four times and stole six bases.
“Green played very smart,” said Laborde. “He really put the pressure on Tara.”
Every batter in Port Allen’s line up scored a run except for Hebert.
“We’ve only had eight wins this season,” said Coach Laborde. “But that’s more than we had last year and we still have two weeks left in the season. I’m proud of the team so far. We’re not going to lay down for anyone and we won’t be easy opponents for anyone.”
This week, Port Allen will play their rivals at Brusly Tuesday and at home Thursday. The Pels will take on Southern Lab at home Saturday.