Playoffs are here
It’s time for some extra baseball for our local teams. In 21-3A the first seed Orangefield Bobcats, have a first round bye. They will play Cuero Friday in a warm-up game at Baseball USA. Orangefield’s second round opponent will be Bryan Rudder High School. The second seeded Bridge City Cardinals, will face Cold Spring High School in best of three series, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. Game 2 will be played Friday at 7 p.m. and game three (if needed) at 2 p.m. The series will be played at Humble Summer Creek. The West Orange-Stark Mustangs earned the third seed. They play Tarkington Friday in a one game playoff at West Brook High School beginning at 7:30 p.m. In District 20-4A the third seed, the LC-M Bears, will play Kingwood Park in a best of three series. The first game is Thursday at Lamar beginning at 6:30, the second game is Friday at Kingwood Park beginning at 7 and Saturday (if needed) will be at LC-M starting at noon. The fourth-seeded Vidor Pirates will play Crosby in a one game playoff, tonight at Lamar starting at 6:30.
‘Cats edge Cards
The type of game well worth watching was played in Orangefield Friday night between the Bobcats and the Bridge City Cardinals. On the line was an outright undefeated district championship, and the # 1 seed going into the playoffs. That is what the Bobcats earned with a 4-3 win over the Cardinals. Both starting pitchers pitched well enough to win. Chase Angelle threw seven innings while giving up eight hits, walking two and striking out two. After seven complete innings the game was knotted up 3-3. Jace Statum came in, and pitched the eighth for the Bobcats to receive the win. He gave up two hits and struck out one. Forrest Zoch pitched a fine game for the Cardinals. He allowed ten hits, struck out four and walked one. Haden Guidry came in to get the final two outs of the seventh inning. Matt Hicks took the mound in the eighth, where he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one. He received a tough loss on the mound. Jonathon DeRamus and Hicks showed outstanding defense for their teams by making a couple of plays that would have been in the top ten for the ESPN highlights. The Cardinals jumped out of the blocks quickly by scoring two of their three runs in the first inning. Matt Hicks singled followed by a free pass issued to Mitchel Hubbard. Zoch then hit a double to the gap scoring both Hicks and Hubbard. Orangefield responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to tie things back up. Statum led off with a single but was forced out on a DeRamus ground ball. Jacob Felts, Angelle, and Quinton Evans came up clutch with consecutive singles. Angelle’s hit plated DeRamus, and Evans plated Felts. The score stayed tied until the third inning. Statum had his second hit of the game in the second inning, a double, and Derrick Evans produced a single in the frame. In the third, Angelle hit his second single of the game followed by Quinton Evans’s second hit of the game. He collected an RBI when Angelle crossed the plate. That was all the scoring until the sixth inning when the Cardinals evened things out. Brandon Simoneaux had a double in the second inning and Hubbard had a single in the third. In the fifth inning, Joe Robertson hit a single then advanced to second on an error, but he was thrown out trying to advance to third. In the sixth inning Hubbard ripped a triple. Then Zoch contributed to his pitching performance by collecting his third RBI of the game. The Cardinals had three more hits in the game, Smith a single in the seventh, and Zoch and Dylan Mulhollan had a single in the eight. After the third inning the Bobcats were held hitless until the seventh inning where Derrick Evans had a single. In the eighth inning, Angelle led off with a walk, which was followed by a single from Corey Huckabay. Josh Watson stepped in and hit a ball that produced a lot of spin. The ball went foul initially, then back fair where it hit first base. After the ball hit the base it popped over Evan Boren’s head. Coach Bennett waved Angelle home for the game winning run. A tough way to lose a big game for the Cardinals, but it was a tremendous game. This game gave both teams a glimpse of what a playoff atmosphere will be like.
‘Stangs stomp H-J
WO-S heads into the playoffs on a positive note, with a 9-4 win over Hardin-Jefferson. Taylor Turley and Zach Drouillard took care of the pitching. Turley pitched 4 1/3 innings while giving up five hits and striking out two. Drouillard came in and gave up three hits, walked one and struck out five. Turley recorded the win. Jordan Darnall added to his homerun collection by hitting a two run homer. Clayton Gearhart was one for three with a triple that also collected an RBI. Darius Mitchell and Jake Klinkhammer both had doubles in the contest while Justin Sparrow, Drouillard, Josiah Phares and Jacoy Finney all had singles in the game.
Bears scratch Raiders
LC-M improved their record to 9-4, after a 4-3 victory over Lumberton. The Bears offense went to work in the fourth inning. Brandon Landry got things going with a led off single and then scored on Scott Vaughn’s RBI double. Hunter Gonzalez grounded out, but scored Vaughn in the process. The Bears took over the game in the sixth inning. Shane Waddell just missed a homerun that hit the centerfield wall, landing him on second base. Gonzalez sacrificed Joey Tutt to third who was pinch ran for Waddell. Alex Blem singled to left field scoring Tutt. Casey Burleigh entered the game for Blem and stole second and third. He then scored on Mason Dallas’s infield hit. Clay Ryan received the win on the mound pitching 3 2/3 innings. He gave up one hit with no runs crossing the plate. Shane Waddell stepped on the mound and threw three pitches to pick up the save. LC-M is headed into the playoffs with a win over Ozen The Bears beat Ozen 12 to 6 to push their district record to 10-4.
Pirates end w/ grand slam
Vidor fell to 9-4 in district play after a 6 to 2 loss to Nederland. The Pirates put their two runs across the plate in the fourth inning. Trae Hester hit a solo homerun over the right centerfield fence. Matt Peno and Randal Robertson then both singled. Peno scored on a error by the left fielder. Joe Mojica hit a double in the contest while Hunter Hagler, Michael Hester and Peno had two singles apiece.
Vidor ended their district play with a 7-0 win against Livingston. The game was scoreless until the eighth inning where Trae Hester hit a Grand Slam homerun.