Port Allen softball extended its undefeated streak to four games to open the year following a doubleheader sweep over Baker in less than stellar weather conditions Monday night in Port Allen.
The Lady Pelicans won Game 1 in mercy-rule fashion with an 11-1 victory in six innings and followed it up with a 9-7 win in the finale.
"It's a great relief just to be able to get this out of the way and have an extra day open to possibly to get the Runnels game in that we missed last Friday," said Port Allen head coach Alisha Butler Fairchild. "Probably not the best playing that we've had, but we had some standout players like Michelle Davenport. Hats off to her."
Alexis Perkins scored on a passed ball in the first inning to get the Lady Pelicans on the board.
Davenport's triple a few batters later gave Port Allen a two-run lead and Davenport scored later on an error for a 3-0 first-inning advantage.
Davenport's second triple of the game, followed by a fielder's choice RBI in the third extended the lead to five runs.
Singles from Perkins and Laura Morgan put the Lady Pelicans comfortably ahead at 7-0 in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
Baker tacked on a run in the fifth before Port Allen responded with two runs, capped by Perkins' RBI single.
The game ended on Davenport's two-run inside-the-park home run. She went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Perkins went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and she also did damage in the circle.
The senior tossed the complete game, finishing with 12 strikeouts. Morgan had two hits, an RBI and two stolen bases.
Port Allen 9, Baker 7
The entire game was played in the rain with Baker having a chance to complete a comeback in the bottom of the seventh.
Baker trailed 9-7 with two outs, a runner on second base and the tying run at the plate, but Perkins struck her out looking to end the game.
Perkins pitched a total of 13 innings Monday, accumulating 23 total strikeouts.
Perkins, Morgan, Alyssa Ballard and Abbie Bodiford had two hits apiece. Morgan had three RBIs and two stolen bases.
"There's nothing we can't fix," Fairchild said. "Like I told them before, all I want is progress. I don't want perfection. A win is a win. It doesn't matter how ugly it is or how ugly the weather is. A win is a win and we're going to keep working on getting the dub."