DONALDSONVILLE -- The Port Allen Pelicans may not win a district title or even reach the playoffs this year, but it didn’t stop them from making a strong showing against Donaldsonville.
The Pelicans (6-16) won two games on 10-run rules in 7-3A action at Fairground Ballpark.
“It was a great effort,” Port Allen coach Josh Laborde said. “It was a lot of fun, full of good positive output … a great confidence booster.
“Donaldsonville is much improved from years past, so it took great effort to respond,” he said.
PAHS 12, DONALDSONVILLE 1 -- Port Allen piled six runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth en route to a 12-1 in five innings against Donaldsonville.
Winning pitcher Charles Mullins allowed three hits and struck out 12 in five innings for the win. He tallied three walks.
Devin Jenkins went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Blake Carr finished 2-for-3 with one double, one run and one RBI.
Morris Miller, Lewis and Decuir each tallied two runs.
The Pelicans came into the second inning with a 1-0 deficit. A Green scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Torrence Purnell was hit by a pitch and walked to send Miller home for the second run.
Jenkins belted a double to center that scored two runs and put the Pelicans ahead 4-0 in the top of the second.
Port Allen continued its onslaught when Purnell stole home and Jenkins scored on a passed ball for a 6-0 advantage.
PAHS stretched its lead one run in the next frame when a Purnell single to shortstop scored Brent Decuir, who reached base on a walk.
The Pelicans so enjoyed the second inning rally that they went back for more in the fifth.
Jenkins scored his second run off a Carr single to right. A Green sacrifice grounder brought home Mullins, who walked.
Carr stretched the Pelican lead to 11-1 when Miller reached base on an error in left field.
Lewis stole home for the final PAHS run.
The Tigers led 1-0 in the bottom of the first after J. Jones scored off a Nicholas ground single to second.
Jenkins smacked a double to left in the top of the first, E. Crochet and J. Jones combined to tag him out on a steal at third to retire the side.
PAHS 14, DONALDSONVILLE 4 – The Pelicans scored 10 runs across the fifth and sixth innings to pull from a 4-4 log jam against the Tigers in the first game of the double-header.
Purnell struck out seven in a complete game. He allowed two walks.
Carr (1-3) hammered a triple and scored three runs for PAHS. Jenkins went 2-for-4 with two runs.
Mullins, Lewis and Purnell also chalked two runs apiece for the Pels.
Green and Decuir finished with two RBIs.
A Purnell run a Mullins sacrifice grounder in the bottom of the fifth broke the tie and led the Pels to victory.
Jenkins padded the lead when he scored on a wild pitch. Carr stretched the Pelican lead to 7-4 when Lewis reached first on an error.
The Pelicans put the finishing touch on Donaldsonville in the sixth when (25) scored on a passed ball. Jenkins added the next run when he scored on a Malik Green bases-loaded walk.
Green scored after Lewis reached base on a miscue at shortstop.
Lewis found his way home on a passed ball, while Hebert scored off a Decuir single to right.
Purnell scored the opening run of the game in the bottom of the first.
A Decuir single to center brought Lewis home in the bottom of the second.
Mullins scored in the third when Carr reached base on an error. Green followed with a grounder to second that paved the way for a Carr run and 4-0 lead.
Donaldsonville tied the game with four runs in the top of the fourth, including runs by Washington and J Cargo off a Jones single to left.
Donaldsonville committed five errors, while Port Allen had one.
COMING UP … The Pelicans travel to Baker on Saturday. PAHS finishes 7-3A action next week against Brusly. The Pelicans visit the Panthers on Tuesday and host BHS on Thursday, April 18.