Port Allen finished 1-for-2 in action last week in the three-day Sam Distefano Memorial Tournament at Plaquemine High School,
but the win gave Pelican head coach Josh Laborde reason for optimism.
The Pelicans came from behind for a win over White Castle after they lost on a 10-run rule against Plaquemine and let victory slip away against Broadmoor.
In the win over White Castle, senior Blake Carr’s line drive to center field in the bottom of the seventh brought home Devin Jenkins and Douglas Lewis for the win.
“It was a great effort,” PAHS coach Josh Laborde said. “We looked unified as a team, but we’re still looking to get better.”
Jenkins stole second and third after he reached base on a walk. Catcher Brent Decuir walked after being hit by a pitch. Lewis came in as Decuir’s courtesy runner and stole second.
The Pelicans entered the seventh behind 13-11 when freshman Kevin Ranson led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on an error.
The win came in Port Allen’s final game of the tournament, which gave Laborde a glimmer of hope that the Pelicans may soon come around.
“When you get down early, take the lead, have it taken away and still come back to win, it shows a lot of strength,” he said.
The Pelicans spotted the Bulldogs four runs in the top of the first, but PAHS got on the scoreboard later in the frame.
Port Allen chalked three runs in the third to take a 6-4 lead, which marked the first Pelican lead in the game.
The Bulldogs responded with six runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead.
The Pelicans returned the favor with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.
In action against Broadmoor, the Pelicans squandered a 7-0 lead off Buccaneer runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
Port Allen led 1-0 in the first inning and amassed six runs the following frame.
The Pels held Broadmoor scoreless four innings when the Bucs kicked down the door for five runs.
Three runs in the bottom of the sixth opened the gate to a Broadmoor lead.
The Bucs capitalized on three Pelican errors.
“Defense is what has hurt us most,” Laborde said. “It doesn’t help things when you average eight errors per game.
“You can hit the ball well, but you won’t do much if you’re making errors,” he said.
Port Allen mustered only three hits, while Broadmoor posted 10.
Tyler Purnell went 3-for-3 with a homer to lead Port Allen. Wade Jackson finished 3-for-3 for Broadmoor, while Ryan Sibley and Oni Robertson each went 2-for-3.
The Pelicans compete in the Doyle Tournament this weekend in Livingston.
Port Allen faces Jewel Sumner at 3 p.m. Friday.
The Pels battle Doyle and Maurepas in action Saturday.