PHS splits 8-3A diamond games last week to move to 2-1

Tryve Brackin
KEY ELEMENTS…Plaquemine High pitcher Blake Landry was a key element in recent Green Devil district baseball victories.

Plaquemine High split a pair of midweek baseball games last week to up its District 8-3A record to 2-1. The Green Devils downed St. James High 7-4 Thursday to follow up a narrow 4-3 loss to Brusly Tuesday of last week. Overall the Greenies moved to 8-11 for the season.

PHS 7, St. James 4:

Blake Landry won his second 8-3A game in three league contests played by tossing a four-hitter to top the visiting St. James Wildcats by a 7-4 score last Thursday.

Landry pushed his district mark to 2-0 and his season record to 3-1 with the mound victory. His previous win was in the district opener against Port Allen.

SJHS held a 2-1 lead for two and a half innings, but PHS tied the score in the bottom of the third. PHS went ahead 3-2 in the fourth and then rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to ignite the victory.

Second baseman Neil Falcon came up with a key hit for the Green Devils. He stroked a double and drove in three runs.

Frosh Julius Maracalin continued his red-hot first varsity season as a hitter by rapping out a pair of key hits. Senior Cody Nugent also continued a successful spring at the plate as he added a pair of key hits to the PHS offensive attack.

The game was marred by poor defensive play. PHS had five of eight errors in the contest.

BRUSLY 4, PHS 3:

The hosting Brusly Panthers rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to trim the local Plaquemine High Green Devils in a hard-fought District 8-3A baseball contest early last week.

PHS took a 2-1 lead in the first inning and extended it to 3-1 in the second, only to have Brusly rally to lock the score at 3-3 in the top of the third inning. The score stayed at 3-3 until BHS rallied to win it.

PHS slipped to 1-1 in league play and to 7-11 overall with the loss.

Maracalin led the PHS offense with a two for two effort, including a double, while senior shortstop Josh Randall added a key base hit. Ben Cavalier suffered the mound loss.

Brusly moved to 2-0 in district and to 12-6 overall.