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Pelicans split with Baker in Tara Tourney

Written by John Dupont on .

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Port Allen went 1-for-3 in action last week, including a split with Baker in action at the Tara Tournament.

The Pelicans have made a solid showing at the mound and proved effective in spots at the plate.

“The pitching is definitely in place, but our hitting could get better,” coach Josh Laborde said. “Pitching has been pretty solid thus far.”

Defense is a different story.

Errors – sometimes totaling double digits – have proven costly for the Pelicans, who ended last week 2-4.

Miscues have impacted every game thus far in the season. The mistakes have been a byproduct of Port Allen’s biggest obstacle early in the season.

“We’re just making too many mistakes,” PAHS coach Josh Laborde said. “We can’t put it all together, and it seems our errors impact the game more than anyone else’s errors.”

The lack of experience contributes largely to the defensive woes, Laborde said.

“It’s really showing on defense,” he said. “The problem we have is inexperience. We’re a young team, and it’s really showing on defense.”

The Pelicans posted a 6-4 win over Baker in the Tara Invitational, but all Baker runs came unearned.

Senior Charles Mullens led the Pelicans both at the mound and at bat.

He struck out nine in a complete game and went 2-for-2 with a single and a double.

“He has just taken on all this on his own,” Laborde said. “He has really matured as a ballplayer.”

Torrence Purnell and Devin Jenkins scored in the first for Port Allen.

PAHS gave Baker an opening in the second when the Buffs scored four unearned runs – including two on one error – to tie the game.

The Pels regained the lead in the bottom of the third when Mullens reached home on a fastball after he got to base on a double.

Baker tied the game again in the top of the fourth – once more off an error.

Port Allen reclaimed the lead later in the inning. The Pelicans began the climb when Green stole third and reached home on an error.

The Pels found their way to victory off insurance runs from Purnell and Miller in the sixth.

Two days later, PAHS allowed Baker an opening the last two innings to take a 12-6 win over the Pels.

Port Allen scored one run in the second, two apiece in the third and fourth and one in the seventh.

Mullins scored two runs for the Pels.

Blake Decuir scored the opening run off a Robbie Bonaventure single, after Douglas Lewis was tagged out between third and home.

Port Allen plays this weekend in the Sam Distefano Classic at Plaquemine High School.

The Pelicans begin action at 6 p.m. Thursday against Plaquemine.

PAHS plays a double-header Saturday – White Castle at 10 a.m. and Hanson Memorial at 12:30 p.m.

Port Allen hosts St. James in the District 7-3A opener Tuesday.

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