Hometown baseball fans are gearing up for Friday night’s match-up between the No. 4 ranked Orangefield Bobcats (4-0) and the No. 6 ranked Bridge City Cardinals (4-0). The showdown between the undefeated cross-community rivals takes place at Cardinal Field in Bridge City. The Cardinals defeated the West Orange-Stark Mustangs 6-0 on Tuesday. The Bobcats downed Silsbee 13-3.
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears defeated Ozen 12-3 on the road Tuesday night.

Recapping this weeks highlights:

LC-M Battlin’ Bears tally wins
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears improved to 4-2 in district play with wins over Vidor 9-4, and Lumberton 13-6. Vidor was the only lone team left undefeated in district 20-4A. LC-M quickly changed that with a 9-4 victory over the Pirates.

The game turned into a backyard scrap with LC-M striking first by scoring a run in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Mason Dallas and Ryan Waddell hit singles in the first inning to go along with a Ryan Waddell walk, but the Bears stranded four in the first.

In the second inning Shane Waddell and Kevin Adams both walked, which prompted Jonathan Allen’s RBI single for the first run of the game scoring Shane Waddell.

In the third inning Brandon Landry walked, then advanced to second on Scott Vaughan’s fielder choice.  A wild pitch allowed him to take third, then Shane Waddell scored him on a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth inning Adams walked, moved to second on a pass ball, then to third on a strike three dropped ball and scored on a squeeze from Allen. In the fifth inning Vaughan drew a walk, then exhibited his speed by swiping second and third. He scored on an Adams single. LC-M’s pitching kept Vidor off the board until the fifth. The Pirates only had one hit in the first four innings, a single from Trae Hester.

The Pirates got going in a hurry in the fifth though, tying the score with a four run inning. Tyler Kennon led off with a bunt single, Joe Mojica hit a double scoring  Kennon and moved to third on the throw to home. Bubba Maxwell got into the action with an RBI double scoring Mojica for the second run of the inning. Hunter Hagler hit the third double of the inning scoring Maxwell, and Michael Hester had an RBI single for the final run of the inning, scoring Hagler. Trae Hester also added his second hit of the game, a single.

With a 4-4 tie going into sixth inning, the Bears responded with two in the sixth and three in the seventh to put the game away. Ryan Waddell hit a single followed by walks to Landry and Vaughn. Shane Waddell hit a two run scoring single just out of the reach of shortstop Maxwell, scoring Ryan Waddell and Landry. In the seventh with two outs Casey Burleigh reached first on a strikeout that bounced away from catcher Michael Hester, and then stole second. Ryan Waddell hit a double, scoring Burleigh. Landry singled in Ryan Waddell, and Vaughan doubled in Landry for the ninth run of the game for the Bears.

The Pirates had two more hits in the game, Kennon with his second single and Michael Hester with his second hit, a double. Hagler and Jonathan Neal handled the pitching chores for the Pirates giving up nine hits, 10 walks, hitting one batter and striking out 12. Kody Smith, Reid Fults and Shane Waddle took the mound for the bears giving up ten hits, walking two and striking out nine.

 LC-M hosted the Lumberton Raiders at Don Gibbens Field and took home their fourth district win of the young season. Mason Dallas had four RBIs including a three-run homerun. Alex Blum had a solo homerun along with another hit, adding three RBIs. Shane Waddell belted three hits, while collecting two RBIs with a double. Ryan Waddell had a two run single. Hunter Gonzales and Brandon Landry had RBI singles in the game also. Kody Smith got the win for the Bears on the hill. On Tuesday the Bears hosted Ozen before traveling to Port Neches Friday.

Bridge City Cardinals remain undefeated
The Bridge City Cardinals improve to 3-0 in district play, after beating Hardin-Jefferson 13-1 and Silsbee 13-3. Forrest Zoch took only 50 pitches to take care of the H-J Hawks, striking out four, hitting two batters, giving up two hits and no walks with only one run crossing the plate. The Cardinals belted 10 hits on their way to 13 runs.

The big hit came from left fielder Luke Rhodes, a two run homer in the first inning. Rhodes was two for two, adding a double, a walk, scoring three runs, with a total of four RBI’s. Mitchel Hubbard was perfect at the plate also going two for two, a walk, one RBI, and he also scored one run. Matt Hicks and Matt Menard added two hits to the game, Hicks with two singles; three RBIs, and two runs scored, Menard, with two singles, an RBI, and he also scored two runs. Joe Robertson and Cameron Dishon recorded one hit a piece and scored two runs each, Robertson a double, and Dishon a single and an RBI.

 The Cardinals traveled to Silsbee and disposed of the Tigers quickly, scoring in every inning but one. Evan Boren had a perfect day at the plate, going three for three, hitting two doubles, scoring three runs and had one RBI to go along with a walk. Robertson went four for five, hitting a double, scoring a run and had one RBI.

Forrest Zoch and Rhodes each turned in two hits each, Rhodes scoring two runs, with Zoch having a double, scoring one run and having two RBI’s. Zach Smith went one for two with a double, two runs scored, and he walked twice. Hicks had one hit, scored two runs and had three RBI’s. Hicks and Zoch took on the pitching duties. Hicks pitched five innings, giving up three runs, six hits, walked three and struck out six. Zoch came in to close the game, striking out two in the inning.

The Cardinals were set to host WO-S before they host the No. 4 state ranked Orangefield Bobcats Friday.

Orangefield Bobcats continue winning spree
The Orangefield Bobcats started the district season 3-0. They faced Hamshire Fannett in their second district game. Chase Angelle took the mound and dominated the Longhorns by pitching seven innings, striking out 16, walking two, giving up four hits and one run. Jace Statum and Derrick Evans had a perfect day at the plate. Statum went four for four belting two singles, a double, a triple and scoring two runs. Evans went three for three, and scored two runs also.

Jonathan DeRamus collected two hits and two RBIs. Jacob Felts and Chase Angelle each had a hit with Felts’ recording an RBI. The Bobcats won the game 5-1.
Orangefield traveled to Hardin-Jefferson and took care of business beating the Hawks 11-3. Angelle put the Bobcats on the board in the third inning with a grand slam homerun. Angelle has been on fire and the Hawks decided to walk Jacob Felts to get to him. Turned out to be a big mistake. Hopefully Felts might start to see more fast balls if Angelle keeps doing what he’s doing. Angelle added a single and a double for a three for four performance.

Jace Statum had a nice offensive day by hitting a three run homer, scoring three runs, and also swiping three bases. Josh Watson and Felts added two hits apiece and Evans had one hit and one RBI. Statum, Brock Whitson and Quinton Evans took care of the Hawks on the mound with Statum receiving the win.

The Bobcats walked three, struck out 12 and allowed nine hits. Orangefield was set to host Silsbee and travel to Bridge City for the game of the week Friday.

WO-S Mustangs collect big district wins
The West Orange-Stark Mustangs went to 2-1 in district play with a win over Silsbee and the Hamshire Fannett Longhorns. The Mustangs traveled to Silsbee and took on the Tigers to capture a key district win, winning 7-2. Taylor Turley took the win on the mound, throwing six innings, allowing one hit, three walks, striking out five while two run cross the plate, but only one was earned.

Justin Sparrow came in to close the game, allowing one hit, one walk and he struck out two.

Jordan Darnall added another homerun to his collection, to accompany a single and two RBIs. Darius Mitchell had a hot bat, with a triple, a single and two RBIs. Zane Anderson and Sparrow each had a hit, with Andersons being a double, collecting two RBI’s and Sparrow a single with an RBI.
Justin Sparrow scored the first and last run of the game against the Hamshire-Fannett. Longhorns. Sparrow hit the first pitch from ace pitcher Logan Johnson over the left center field wall to set the pace for the Mustangs. Sparrow scored in the bottom of the seventh with two outs in the inning, off of a walk off single hit from Taylor Turley.

Jordan Darnall and Clayton Gearhart contributed to the game with singles. Anderson pitched all seven innings, giving up six hits, walking three and striking out 10. Anderson helped his cause going two for three at the plate, hitting two singles and recording one RBI.

West Orange was set to play the No. 8 rank Bridge City Cardinals before hosting the Hawks Thursday.  I would like to wish a speedy recovery to Jacoy Finney and his mother after the car accident they suffered.  Finney is an important link to the Mustang chain.

Vidor Pirates

Vidor had a tough week after losing to LC-M. Nederland’s Kirby Bellow no-hit the Pirates and took the game 5-0. Vidor’s record is 4-2 in district also.  On Tuesday they hosted Livingston before traveling to Central Friday.