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Green Devils snap losing streak

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com

The season almost seemed out of hand for the Plaquemine Green Devils as they hit a six-game losing streak which was snapped with a district blowout win over Woodlawn on Tuesday.

The last PHS victory came on March 14 against Doyle when pitcher Michael Sproles and Herman Christophe combined to pitch a shutout 8-0 victory.  Luke Graves racked up a pair of RBIs in the win.

It was all downhill for the next two weeks for the Green Devils, however, as PHS lost three straight one-run games.  The first came against Doyle (7-8) as Mason Landry pitched six innings for the Devils, earned 11 first pitch strikes and four strikeouts.

Dewayne Askins was the lead hitter for the Devils with three and three RBIs.  The next gut-wrencher came at the hands of Riverdale which resulted in a 5-6 loss for the Plaquemine squad.

Riverdale scored just one run before the seventh inning.  Their next five runs all came at the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead over the Devils.  PHS could not put a run on the board to tie the game in the end.

Sproles pitched in the loss and earned 20 first pitch strikes and two strikeouts.  Gage Vidrine racked up three RBIs for the Devils.

PHS looked to come out of the Doyle tournament with at least one more victory, but came up just short in the eighth inning against St. Thomas Aquinas (1-2).

Gianni Berthelot pitched a solid game for the Devils with 15 first pitch strikes, but it was St. Thomas Aquinas that broke the ice in extra innings.

The Devils looked to bounce back as district play began on March 21 at Livonia, but PHS fell 3-7 in their district opener.

PHS jumped to an early 3-1 lead after two innings, but failed to put more runs on the board while Livonia racked up three in each of the fourth and sixth innings.

PHS had a chance at redemption when they faced Livonia at home on March 23, but came up short again 6-14.  Herman Christophe was the lead hitter in the loss with three.

PHS began their district play with an 0-2 record and were desperately seeking a win at West Feliciana on March 25.  But a win they did not earn after falling 1-10 on the road.

The Devils were on a six-game losing streak entering Tuesday’s district matchup against Woodlawn B.R. and they were looking for a statement win.

The rest of 6-4A heard the Devils loud and clear as Plaquemine came away with a blowout 29-8 victory against their district rival.

PHS earned their first district win of the season in resounding fashion after scoring 10 runs in the first, nine in the second, one in the third and nine in the fourth.

Dewayne Askins, Luke Graves and Jacob Allen each racked up three hits in the win.  Joe Hamilton was the team’s RBI leader with five, followed by Jacob Allen with four and Luke Graves with three.

Reid Griffon took the mound in the win and earned 12 first pitch strikes and three strikeouts.

Thursday’s matchup against Woodlawn was rained out so the Devils did not get their chance to repeat but will look to start a district winning streak of their own next week against St. Michael.