Baseball coaches break down standings as district play heats up – Reuters

Local baseball teams are in mid-season form with a few district playoffs under their belt.

After falling to the Netherlands in Game 1 over Spring Break, Port Neches-Groves came back to beat the Bulldogs in Game 2 and put in a strong performance against Beaumont United to turn around the District’s start to the season.

After breaking up with PNG, Nederland parted ways with Galena Park last week.

Despite an 11-1 loss to Galena Park, Memorial head coach Ahmad Smith said he felt the game was the best his team has played this season.

PNG head coach Scott Carter said his side have continued to play hard.

“We just do what we do,” he said. “Getting back a win against the Netherlands was important for us. It’s always a rival game. It complicates things with Coach Spell and his team there. They do a really good job, and those kids are always very competitive and our kids are competitive. It’s Mid County Madness style baseball. It’s always good to come out at least with a split.

Carter said the team’s work ethic was on display as PNG are working with a young and inexperienced squad.

“We want them to learn the game the way it’s meant to be,” he said. “We want them to respect the game. They’re doing a really good job of improving in that area. We just want them to come out and compete well every night. Naturally, we want to win every game and win the district. We will try. The most important thing is that they don’t fold and give up.

Carter said Caleb Faulk’s senior management was instrumental.

“He did a really good job for us,” Carter said. “I’m really proud that he stepped up and took charge. Caleb Faulk, Ryley Chiasson and Shawn Gardner played well. Shawn is a sophomore who moved from the infield to the back of home plate. He hits the ball very well and beats in our first place.

In Port Arthur, Smith said his side were still looking for their first district victory.

“We’re still maturing and learning the game,” he said. “They give him everything they have.”

Smith said his team is doing a good job of being mentally strong and added he sees a lot of promise in a young Titans roster that has just three seniors.

“We swing it pretty well,” Smith said. “We play good defense, supporting our pitchers. We’re going to burst that bubble soon, hopefully.

Smith said Abel Garcia, Emmanuel Garcia and Ariel Kithler have been bright spots in the team.

“We just have to keep our energy throughout the games,” he said. “We have to stay positive when bad things happen.”

Nederland are on a bye week for district play, but head coach Bryan Spell got his 100and career win over Vidor this week.

The coach said the team had played through adversity, adding that he hoped the team would be able to play better as district play resumes for the Bulldogs on Tuesday against Beaumont United.

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