BASEBALL

Plaquemine rolls over Pelicans in Sam Distefano Classic

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
Plaquemine senior baseball players include Ben Cavalier, Derek Sanchez and Francisco Gonzales. The Green Devils defeated Port Allen 11-1 in the Sam Distefano Classic Friday. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE – Plaquemine added five runs in the fifth inning to put away Port Allen 11-1 in the Sam Distefano Classic Memorial baseball tournament at Joe Distefano Field on Friday night.

The Green Devils (6-2), under coach Scott Allen, opened tournament play with a 16-2 victory over White Castle Thursday before falling to Brusly 6-0 on Saturday. Plaquemine also fell to Christian Life 7-5 on Tuesday.

"We have some tough games coming up to see what we are made of," Allen said. "Most of our guys are young kids but they have played a lot of baseball."

Plaquemine will travel to Independence on Friday after going to Port Allen Tuesday and open District 6-4A play at St. Michael the Archangel on Tuesday.

Dalton Brigalia earned the win over Port Allen Friday striking out six over five innings while allowing three hits and walking three. Brigalia was also 1-for-1 at the plate with a double, two runs and RBI.

Derek Sanchez was 2-for-2 with two runs, RBI and stolen base, while Jalen Davis (run) was 1-for-2 and Austin LeJeune (two runs, stolen base), Chris Cox (two runs), Julius Maracalin (run, stolen base) and Ben Cavalier (RBI) were each 1-for-3. Ethan King had a run and RBI and Joe Keller drove in a run.

Sanchez's RBI-single put Plaquemine on the board in the second inning. Brigalia drew a lead off walk in the third inning and scored to make it 2-0.

Maracalin singled to lead off the fourth and Cox followed with an RBI-single. Sanchez, King and Brigalia then drew consecutive walks before Keller's made it 6-1.

LeJeune led off the fifth with a single before King reached on an error and Sanchez singled. Cavalier's single reflected the final tally after Brigalia doubled and Davis drew a walk.

Plaquemine jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead against Christian Life before the Crusaders posted five in the third and two in the fifth to counter the Green Devils' two-run sixth.

Cavalier took the loss for Plaquemine. Davis was 2-for-4 at the plate.