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PN-G baseball dominates Porter in playoffs opener
« on: May 09, 2016, 08:28:51 PM »

PN-G baseball dominates Porter in playoffs opener
By Tom Halliburton Published 10:45 am, Monday, May 9, 2016
The Port Neches-Groves Indians, led by pitcher Carter Henry, put on a solid performance at The Reservation, winning their 20th game and opening the 5A playoffs by dominating Porter, 11-1, in a game halted in the sixth inning by the 10-run rule.

The Indians (20-6) need another win today at 4:30 in Porter to advance to next week's area round. That's not a certainty yet, but it probably will be if senior lefty Ryan Leckich can pitch as effectively as Henry in Game 1 of the best-of-three series.

Henry struck out 11, yielded four hits and one run in six innings. His 96-pitch outing was halted at 9:05 p.m.

With Henry and Logan LeJeune making the noise, PN-G batters pounded home runs over the left field fence in the fifth and sixth innings to pad its 5-1 cushion.

That's the only time all season that veteran mentor Scott Carter could recall his team hitting more than one home run in any game.

"Guerrilla ball has been more my style of offense before this year," Carter said. "I really have adapted this year to their style of small ball."

PN-G stole four bases, including timing a first-inning double steal as well as Cole Girouard and Adam Morse ever could hope to execute.

"That play really set the tone for us," Carter said.

The Indians' leadoff man (Girouard) was PN-G's only batter without a hit in the winning team's 11-hit outburst. Henry led the way in that category, too, going 3 for 4 while LeJeune added a 2-for-3 night.

"That was a great all-around team effort," Henry said. "I think I tried to do too much at times."

Even if the Univerity of Houston baseball signee overthrew a few pitches, he kept Porter off balance with his fastball, changeup and an effective breaking ball. He leads PN-G pitchers with 71 strikeouts.

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Re: PN-G baseball dominates Porter in playoffs opener
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016, 11:06:45 PM »
In a 3-game series, PN-G is going to be a tough out.  The pitching gets a lot of credit and deservedly so, but the bats are on fire.  The newspaper article discusses small ball, timely hitting, and smart base running, but during the past 5 or 6 games, the Indians have crushed the baseball, which makes all of the other things icing on the cake.  This team has all the mojo going their way.

Go Indians.  Peace.