It’s all about the experience, as Port Allen baseball coach Josh Laborde likes to say about his summer Metro League team.
The PAHS squad learned from both ends of the spectrum in action last week.
Malik Green threw a no-hitter and struck out 12 in a 10-0 rout over the Baton Rouge Bengals in action Thursday.
Laborde couldn’t ask for much more from his team.
“We played great defense, the kids had a lot of fun and they had a lot of hits,” he said. “That was really a pretty good, team, but we were able to have a lot of fun and that’s exactly what we want for the kids this summer.”
Laborde hopes Green’s success will carry over into regular season.
“He’s having an incredible summer – he’s been hitting the ball all season,” he said. “I can’t even remember the last time he got out.
“If we kept books on this league, it would show him to be having in incredible winning streak,” Laborde said.
On Monday, University High toppled Port Allen 8-1.
Even on the wrong side of a rout, Laborde found plenty to like in the loss against University.
“The score doesn’t really matter,” he said. “We actually turned a double play, something we’d been working on over a year now.
That game benefitted us, regardless what the scoreboard said,” Laborde said.
University piled five runs in the second.
Kevin Ransom tripled a line drive to the left field wall and scored on a passed ball for the lone Port Allen run.
Alex Hebert battled through a shoulder injury to open the game with three strikeouts.
“He’s just trying to work through the injury and find the mechanics,” Laborde said.
Laborde hopes the team maintains the progress it showed this summer.
Another priority must come before the players focus on baseball.
“I’ve preached to them already about keeping the schoolwork right,” he said. “We have a whole semester before the season, so it does them no good to be ineligible before we even start the season.
“If they keep the grades up, they’ll have the opportunity to have a great season,” Laborde said. “They’re having a great summer and I want to see them continue it next year.”
Port Allen hosts Christian Life at 6 p.m. Thursday, then visits Ascension Christian on Monday.
PAHS hosts West Feliciana at 6 p.m. Thursday in the season finale.