Green Devils drop two district thrillers

Andrew Green
Jacob Allen

Plaquemine Green Devils were hoping to tack on two more district wins last week when they began their series against St. Michael, but came up just short in each narrow loss (8-9, 4-6).

PHS opened the series at home last Tuesday where the Plaquemine Green Devils fell 8-9 after seven innings.

Plaquemine took an early 4-0 lead over the St. Michael squad after two innings, but the visiting team roared back with five runs in the top of the third.  Both teams blanked the fourth innings and St. Michael put up one more run in the top of the fifth.

STM held a 9-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh when the Devils put up four more runs to close the gap 8-9, but PHS failed to extend the tilt into extra innings.

Albert Deville was the team’s lead hitter with four hits and Jacob Allen was the RBI leader with two.  Gianni Berthelot and Mason Landry split pitching duties in the loss and each totaled 10 first pitch strikes.

The loss gave the Devils a 2-3 overall district record, but they looked to bounce back last Thursday in a road rematch against their 6-4A rival.

Both teams blanked the first two innings in game two.  Plaquemine broke the ice in the top of the third with a three-run inning.  St. Michael responded with one run in the third.

PHS tacked on one more run in the fourth, but St. Michael cut the Devil lead down to one with a two-run performance in the fourth.

PHS blanked the fifth and sixth innings while the home team put up one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.  Plaquemine failed to close the gap on the St. Michael rally and fell 4-6 in their fourth district loss of the season.

Dewayne Askins and Jacob Allen were the team’s lead hitters with two hits.  Allen racked up four RBIs.

Reid Griffon and Michael Sproles split pitching duties.  Sproles earned 10 first pitch strikes and two strikeouts while Griffon racked up seven first pitch strikes and one strikeout.

The Devils fell to 2-4 in District 6-4A then hosted False River over the weekend for a non-district matchup where the home PHS team came away with a narrow 2-1 victory after nine innings.

The Devils held a 1-0 lead over False River before FR put up a run in the top of the fourth.

Each team blanked the following four innings before the Devils earned a victory with one run scored in the bottom of the ninth.

Luke Grave had the team’s lone RBI and Mason Landry pitched six innings and racked up 16 first pitch strikes and eight strikeouts.

The Devils currently sport an overall 2-4 record in district play but will look to even their record when they take on rival Tara next week before the close of the regular season.