Call Malik Green a “Jack of all trades”.
Put him at the mound or put him at the plate, and he proves effective.
He did both last week in Port Allen’s 3-2 win over Catholic-Pointe Coupee in Metro League action.
Green, an incoming senior for the Pelicans, had all three RBIs and pitched in the victory over the District 5-1A champion Hornets.
He struck out seven and allowed one walk.
“Malik was the hero of the game,” Port Allen coach Josh Laborde said.
Green pulled the Pelicans out of a tie ballgame in the bottom of the seventh with two out when he singled home fellow upperclassman Lorenzo Osborne, who scored from third.
The Pelicans spotted CHSPC a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Green hit a two-run double that scored Kevin Ransom and Osborne in the bottom of the frame.
The Hornets tied the game in the sixth.
The win bolstered the confidence of the Pelicans, particularly coming against a traditionally strong CHSPC ballclub, Laborde said.
“Some may not mark it as a big win for a 3A team to beat a 1A team, but that’s great for us,” he said.
The confidence that was suspect during the high school season seems to have taken shape in the summer program, Laborde said.
“I have a great group of kids who are learning so much and buying into the system,” he said. “That’s the whole point of this summer program – get some experience and gain some ground.
“These guys believe they can do anything, and they’ve committed this summer to doing better,” Laborde said.
The win came after a 9-2 loss earlier in the week against District 8-1A champion St. John. Ransom and Osborne chalked the two PAHS runs in the loss.
“Those two guys always get on base and do a good job of putting pressure on the other team,” Laborde said. “Between those three and Alex Hebert and Malik, we’re finding our groove. That could really help us out next season.”
Port Allen heads into action at home Thursday against 8-1A runner-up Ascension Catholic, who lost to St. John in the 1A state quarterfinals.