Hometown Baseball
Joey Encalade

First of all, I would like to congratulate Orangefield’s Quinton Evans, and Bridge City’s Cameron Dishon. Evans committed to play baseball for Blinn JC, and Cameron committed to Ole Miss. They are two deserving players who have a great opportunity to take their skills to the next level.

The baseball season goes into full swing this week as tournament action begins for The Record’s hometown teams.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears will host the Don Gibbens Baseball Tournament at LCM high school Thursday through Saturday. The Gibbens Tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. Thursday pitting the Bridge City Cardinals against Crosby. At 1 p.m. Crosby faces Hamshire-Fannett followed by Bridge City against Vista Ridge at 3 p.m. The LC-M Bears will enter tournament action at 6 p.m. against Vista Ridge.

On Friday the action gets started with Hamshire-Fannett playing Vista Ridge. Vista Ridge returns to tournament action again at 11:30 a.m. against Crosby. The Bears will take on Crosby at 4:30 p.m. follewed by a matchup with Bridge City at 7 p.m.

Saturday morning LCM faces off against Hamshire-Fannett at 11:30 a.m. The tournament conclusion starts at 2 p.m. with the third place game. The Don Gibbens Tournament championship round will be ehld at 4:30 p.m.

In other tournament action the West Orange-Stark Mustangs will be in the Vidor Pirate Baseball Tournament Thursday through Saturday. The Orangefield Bobcats will participate in the Lumberton Baseball Tournament.

To roundup highlights of scrimmage action this past week, the Cardinals, Bears, Bobcats and Pirates got off to good starts.

Bridge City faced the solid PN-G Indians Tuesday night in a scrimmage. The Cardinals got to see some good pitching, to go along with a good hitting exhibition. The Cardinals were able to get five hits, while scoring five runs, off of the Indian pitching staff. Jacob Lemoine and Matt Menard had four of the five hits, with Forrest Zoch collecting the other. Jacob Lemoine had two singles, and Forrest Zoch added another single. Matt Menard hit a homerun that looked like he made contact off the handle of the bat. Menard’s other hit was a single. Hayden Guidry, Jacob Lemoine, Colby Carpenter, Mitchel Hubbard, and Preston Pitman provided the work on the mound.

Hayden Guidry pitched two innings, while giving up six hits, walking three, and striking out three. Jacob Lemoine pitched two and a third innings. He allowed two hits, walked four, and struck out one. Colby Carpenter pitched one and two thirds innings, giving up three hits, and walking one. Mitchel Hubbard and Preston Pitman each pitched one inning. They both gave up no hits, issued one base on balls, and they each struck out one. The Indians crossed the plate thirteen times against the Cardinals.

The Bridge City Cardinals and LCM Bears got together for their last scrimmage. The last tune-up lasted nine innings. The Cardinals sent five pitchers to the mound for some work. Mitchel Hubbard, Forrest Zoch, Jacob Lemoine, Hayden Guidry, Zach Smith and Preston Pitman handled the pitching. The Cardinals pitching staff gave up sixteen walks, hit one batter, struck out fourteen, and allowed ten hits, while fourteen runs crossed the plate.

The Cardinals offense consisted of thirteen hits that equated to thirteen runs scored. Forest Zoch had the big hit of the game, a grand slam home run. Cameron Dishon had three of the hits, with a double, and two singles. Preston Pitman had two hits, a double, and a single. Mitchel Hubbard, Dylan Mulhollan, Anthony Rodriguez, Colby Carpenter, Brandon Simoneaux, Taylor Day, and Bryce Sampere each had a single, too.

The Cardinals start keeping stats for real Tuesday against Port Neches, and then they will travel back to LCM to compete in their tournament this week.

The Bears worked with six pitchers. Kody Smith, James Swan, Reid Fults, Ryan Carline, Dillon Young and Alex Blem. The Bears pitching staff gave up four walks, hit two batters, struck out ten, and allowed thirteen hits, while thirteen Cardinals crossed the plate. The Bears offense connected with ten hits, which led to fourteen Bears touching home plate. Brandon Humphrey led the Bears in the hitting department. He was only a triple away from the cycle. Humphrey had three hits, a homerun, a double, and a single. Scott Vaughan contribute with three hits also, two double, and a single. Kevin Adams had two hits, a double, and a single.
Alex Blem and James Swan each had a single.

The Bears started their season Monday against Kelly who they beat 7-6 and will host their tournament this week.

The Orangefield Bobcats squared off with a pretty good Nederland Bulldogs squad for a 10 inning scrimmage. It took a little time for the Bobcat offense to get started. In the sixth inning the Cats scored three runs. In the seventh inning they scored one, and in the eight, they scored two. The Bobcats had six hits in the contest. Jonathon DeRamus had two singles with an RBI. Taylor Weldon and Parker James both had doubles, with James’ recording an RBI. Austin Scales and Jacob Best each had a single. The Bulldogs scored ten runs off of the Bobcats’ pitching.

Orangefield played their last warm up game against the Buna Cougars in a seven inning affair. Coach Bennett took a look at five different pitchers. Quinton Evans pitched the first inning, while giving up one hit, one walk, one hit batter, and he struck out one. In his efforts, two run crossed the plate. Luke Johnson took over for the second inning. He walked four batters, hit one, struck out one, and allowed no hits, but two runs scored. Jakob Brown pitched the third inning while allowing five runs to cross the plate on three hits. Blake Judice pitched the fourth and fifth innings. Judice gave up one hit, walked three and also hit a batter. Judice struck out four while allowing one run. Deslatte gave up one hit, one walk, and struck one out in the last inning.

On the offensive side, the Bobcats had fourteen hits in the contest, with thirteen runs crossing the plate. Quinton Evans had two hits, a double, and a single. Jonathon DeRamus, Jake Best, and Eric Truncale had two singles apiece. Austin Scales, Westin Crain, Braxton Smith, Parker James, Taylor Weldon, and Jakob Brown all contributed a single.

The Bobcats started their season Monday against Beaumont Ozen who they beat 9-4, and will compete in the Lumberton Tournament this week.

The West Orange Stark Mustangs and Vidor Pirates finished their scrimmage season with each other. The Stangs started keeping the real stats Monday against Nederland who they lost to 5-3, and they will travel to Vidor to play in their tournament this week.

It time to get serious now that scrimmages are over, and tournaments are here. The wins, and losses start to mean something, as well as the individual stats. The weather is starting to cooperate, so come on out and enjoy some good old high school baseball. It’s about to be a fun season.

Details of opening games and tournaments coming in next week’s roundup of ‘Hometown Baseball.’

See you at the game!