Local teams battle for playoff spots
District baseball season is winding down, and all of our Orange County teams are still battling for playoff spots. The Vidor Pirates are sitting in second place in district 20-4A with a 9-2 record, after posting a big win against PN-G, 6-3. The Pirates will face LC-M Friday, and have their last two remaining games with Nederland and Livingston. LC-M’s record improved to 7-4 after a huge win over Livingston 5-0 to keep them in the running in fourth place. The Bears will host Vidor Friday, and have Lumberton and Ozen left in district play.
In district 21 3A, Orangefield clinched a playoff spot with a win over Hardin Jefferson 18-2, and will travel to Silsbee Friday before they host the compelling rematch with Bridge City. Bridge City improved to 7-1 and stayed in second place with a victory over Silsbee 6-5. They will travel to West Orange Friday before they go to Orangefield to take on the Bobcats. The Mustangs are at 4-4 with a loss to Hamshire-Fannett 7-5, and will host Bridge City Friday before ending district at Hardin Jefferson.
BC grinds Longhorns
Bridge City traveled to Hamshire-Fannett and took care of business by beating the Longhorns 15-2. Forrest Zoch took the win with 4 1/3 innings of work, striking out six, walking three and giving up only one hit. Hayden Guidry came in to finish the game with two strike outs. Bridge City scored three in the first inning, one in the second, six in the third and five in the fourth. The Cardinals offense belted twelve hits. Zach Smith and Matt Menard had a perfect day at the plate. Smith went two for two, a single, a double and a base on balls. Menard had a one for one day with a single and a walk. Preston Pittman checked in the game for a pinch hitter and slapped a double for his first varsity hit. Matt Hicks and Mitchel Hubbard had a two-hit game, Hicks with a single and a double, and Hubbard with two singles. Joe Robertson, Zoch, Dylan Mulhollan and Brandon Simoneaux contributed with one hit a piece, with Simoneaux’s being a double.
Hicks faced 21 batters in a six-inning affair against Hardin-Jefferson. Hicks struck out 12 while giving up two hits and hitting one batter in a 12-0 win for the Cardinals. The Cardinals scored six runs in the third, two in the fourth and four in the sixth. Hick also hit a single and a triple in the ball game. Zoch and Robertson posted two hit games, Zoch a double and a single and Robertson with two singles. Zach Smith, Dylan Mulhollan and Preston Pittman also had singles in the contest.
‘Cats top out Mustangs
Orangefield and West Orange met for the second time in district with the Bobcats coming out on top 11-0. Chase Angelle had another complete game victory, striking out five, walking none and giving up four hits. The four hits were three single and one double, with Jacoy Finney getting back to action for the Mustang with a single. Justin Sparrow and Clayton Gearhart added singles also with Zach Drouillard hitting the lone double. Taylor Turley and Sparrow handled the pitching duties for the Mustangs. Orangefield scored in every inning with three in the first, one in the second, two in the third and five in the fourth.
Quinton Evans and Josh Watson were perfect at the plate. Evans had two triples, one walk and one RBI, with Watson going one for one, with a double, a sac bunt and one walk. Jace Statum, Jacob Felts and Corey Huckabay had a two hit night. Statum had a single and a double, Felts had two singles with an RBI, and Huckabay had two singles with two RBIs. Jonathon DeRamus and Kyle Fontenot had a single each in the game, with DeRamus getting two RBIs and Fontenot’s producing one RBI.
Orangefield traveled to Hamshire Fannett and stayed undefeated in district play with a 11-0 victory. Statum received the win with six innings of work. Statum retired twelve straight batters during the contest. He struck out 10, gave up two hits and walked one batter. Statum was also three for three at the plate, hitting a single, a double and a homerun with two RBI’s. Derrick Evans jumped on the homerun bandwagon for the Bobcats, going two for three with two RBI’s.
Jacob Felts had a nice day at the plate, going three for four, hitting two doubles, a single, adding three RBI’s to his total. Josh Watson and Quinton Evans picked up a double a piece, with Evans’s recording an RBI. DeRamus, Huckabay and Angelle all contributed with a single. The big inning came in the sixth inning where the Bobcats put a seven spot on the score board to put the game away.
‘Stangs stomp Tigers
How about a three-for-three day: two homeruns, four RBIs and a nice defensive game at third? That’s what Taylor Turley did for West Orange-Stark against Silsbee. Turley hit a three run homerun in the first inning, a single in the third inning and a solo homerun in the fifth inning. The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-0 led in the first inning. Justin Sparrow reached on an error, Clayton Gearhart walked and Jordan Darnall hit a double scoring Sparrow. Turley stepped up and hit his first homerun of the game to make it a four run inning. The Mustangs scored their last run of the game in the fifth inning off of Turley second homerun. Three more singles were hit in the contest, one by Sparrow and two by Anderson. Anderson and Sparrow also handled the pitching duties.
Anderson throwing six innings, striking out three, walking three, giving up three hits with one run crossing the plate. Sparrow came in to pitch the last inning. He gave up two hits and one run. The Mustangs won 5-2.
Bears claw Jaguars
LC-M took on Central for their second time in district, winning the game 8-3. Kody Smith, Clay Ryan and Shane Waddell handled the pitching duties with Ryan receiving the win. The Bears’ pitchers struck out 14 batters, walked six and gave up four hits. The Bears’ offense cranked up in the fourth inning.
Brandon Landry led off with a walk followed by a Scott Vaughan two-run homerun that hit the top of the fence. Shane Waddell was then hit by a pitch, followed by Hunter Gonzalez double. Ryan Carline hit a shot that the third basemen could not handle scoring Waddell and Gonzalez. Mason Dallas ripped an RBI single scoring Carline. In the fifth Vaughan reached on a fielder’s choice followed by Gonzales second double, scoring Vaughan and staying perfect at the plate for the night. In the sixth inning Alex Blem led off with a double, Dallas hit his second run in of the day, a single. Dallas moved over to third on two Central errors and scored on Jonathan Allen ground ball to short for the final run of the game.
LC-M dropped one to Nederland, as Bulldog pitcher Kirby Bellow threw a one-hitter against the Bears for an 11-0 victory. The one hit came off the bat of Hunter Gonzales, an infield single to break up the no hitter on Bellow.
Pirates loot Raiders
The Vidor Pirates pounded the Lumberton Raiders 12-0. Trae Hester recorded the win with a five inning complete game, striking out eight, walking one, and giving up three hits. Jonathon Neal and Matt Peno both hit homeruns in the game.
Vidor’s offense got going in the fifth inning against Ozen, with Ozen up 6-4 going into the fifth. The Pirates put up six spot in the fifth to take control of the game. The Pirates came out on top 16-8, with Hunter Hagler recording the win on the mound.