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BASEBALL: Little League Indians survive, advance in state

The Port Neches Little League 10-under Indians scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to expand a narrow lead over the Washington County All-Stars and advanced into the elimination bracket final of the Texas East State Tournament in Tyler with a 6-2 win Sunday.

The win moved the Indians, who are Port Neches’ all-stars, to Monday’s game against Needville, which beat Port Neches 18-3 on Saturday. The winner will take on Pearland at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Faulkner Park, 410 W. Cumberland Rd.

The Indians faced two outs when Konner Droddy scored on a passed ball to make it 4-2. Parker Ryan Ross then doubled on a line drive to right field to score Foster Cecka and Kayce Cropper.

Parker Allen Ross got the Indians on the board first with two outs in the third inning on a double to center to score Cropper and Parker Ryan Ross. Parker Mire singled with a fly ball to shortstop to send Parker Allen Ross home.

Washington County narrowed the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

Both Rosses, Cropper and Bryceten Felps each had two hits. Cropper threw the first four innings and struck out six while walking four in a one-hit performance to earn the win, while Droddy, Felps and Parker Allen Ross also took the mound.

In Saturday’s game, Needville outhit Port Neches 21-9 and took advantage of five Indians errors. Cropper hit 3 for 4 and Mire 2 for 2 (including a home run with two RBI) despite the loss, while Felps, Parker Allen Ross, Droddy and Valor Provencio each lined a hit as well.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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