PA coach looks ahead to 2015

Written by John Dupont on .


Port Allen did not reach the playoffs, nor did the Pelicans win a district title or even finish with a winning record.

It doesn’t mean head coach Josh Laborde does not have high hopes about the next season.

The Pelicans ended the 2014 season 10-19 Saturday in an 18-2 rout over Broadmoor after three innings. A stolen base by B.J. McClay ushered in runs in the third frame.

Brent Decuir had a single for the Pels, but most of the runs were scored off walks.

“We piled on the runs in the third, but it was mainly a walk-fest,” Laborde said.

PAHS may have ended the regular season, but it will actually lead into another one, Laborde said.

The Pels will head into Metro League action in May, which should pay off nicely next season, he said.

“We’re extremely inexperienced, and even a few more games we play over the summer will pay huge dividends over the year,” Laborde said.

In addition, the Pels bring back most of its roster for next season.

“We’re losing a few seniors but we’re bringing back a bunch of returnees,” Laborde said. “Going into next year, it should help if we can build on their playing time from this year and not backtrack.

“We’ll definitely hit the field better prepared this year,” he said. “We’ve got to have a game plan.”

Laborde is also enthusiastic about the showing by pitcher Alex Hebert, who nearly landed a spot in the PAHS record books.

He chalked 101 strikeouts this season, coming short of a record 116 set in the early 1950s.

“Alex is only a sophomore, and he’s got some really great things ahead of him,” Laborde said.

The record of 116 was set in 119 innings pitched, while Hebert worked 74 innings.

“Had I used him more, he would’ve had the record, but this wasn’t about a record,” Laborde said. “He’s got the time.

“Besides he’s not about talking about himself,” he said. “He wants to get us to the playoffs and make a run there – that’s why he’s successful.”

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