The Record’s Orange County baseball teams are ripping into district action with big victories this week as the season moves forward. Here’s a recap of highlights and big play makers for the record.

LC-M remained undefeated in Dist. 20-4A with a 12-0 game that ended in only five innings. The Bears’ pitching threw a combined no-hitter. James Swan pitched the first three innings, while giving up two walks and striking out six, receiving the win. Reid Fults, and Dyllon Young pitched the fourth and fifth innings to keep the no hitter intact. The Bears exploded in the second inning by scoring six runs, and they added four more in the third inning to take control of the game. Zach Drouillard and Brandon Humphrey had the big hits of the game; they both had two run long balls in the fourth inning. Alex Blem, Ryan Carline, Ryan Waddell, and Jonathan Allen all contributed with two hits apiece.

The Vidor Pirates stayed in contention for the district title with an 11-1 victory over Ozen. Jordon Olbrich hit a triple in the third inning, and easily scored on Joe Mojica’s RBI hit. Hunter Hagler then added a three run home run to easily put the Pirates on the way to a victory. Eric Foshee handled the pitching duties, and recorded the win.

Vidor and LC-M then squared off against each other. The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning over the LC-M Bears, but ace pitcher Kody Smith shook the rough first inning. Smith pitched four and one third innings. He walked four and struck out nine on his way to a win. Ryan Carline came in to relieve Smith, and pitched the rest of the game. He only surrendered one hit during his time on the mound. In the first inning, Smith gave up back-to-back walks to the Pirates lead off and second batters, Joe Mojica and Bubba Maxwell. Hunter Hagler reached on an error, and Matt Peno then put the first run on the board with an RBI walk. Maxwell scored the second run on a wild pitch, and Tyler Kennon made it 3-0 with an infield RBI single that scored Hagler.

Hagler received the loss on the mound for Vidor. He struck out eight, but gave up six runs in the process. The Bears put their first run of the game on the board in the second inning with a Zach Drouillard homer, who finished the day two for three with two RBI’s. Alex Blem finished his day with a two for three day at the plate that was accompanied with three RBI’s from his long ball. His homerun gave the Bears the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the third. LC-M put two more insurance runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth. James Swan had an RBI single, and scored on Drouillard’s double to bring the game to it final score of 6-3.

District 21-3A opened up district play Friday, and the only Orange County team to win was the Bridge City Cardinals, who hammered the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks 20-1. Silsbee, 9-0, defeated the Orangefield Bobcats, and West Orange Stark lost to Hamshire-Fannett 8-3.

Brandon Simoneaux set a quick pace for the Cardinals, by leading off with a solo homerun. The Cardinals exploded for twelve runs in the first inning, two runs in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and one in the fifth. Matt Menard returned for the Cardinals in a big way, by hitting a homer and a double, both in the first inning.

Zach Smith and Preston Pitman each had two hits apiece. Smith’s hits were both doubles, and Pitman had two singles. Dylan Mulhollan and Cameron Dishon had doubles, while Mitchel Hubbard and Bryce Sampere each had a single. Jacob Lemoine recorded the win by striking out eight of the ten batters he faced, and only allowing one walk. Mitchel Hubbard pitched the fourth and fifth innings. He only allowed one hit and struck out half of the ten batters he faced.

The Bobcats could not overcome the pitching of Silsbee’s Lance Brown. Orangefield had four hits in the game, all being singles. Quinton Evans, Jonathon DeRamus, Luke Johnson, and Jacob Brown had the base hits.

Weston Crain absorbed the loss on the mound, while pitching into the sixth inning he gave up eight hits, one walk, and struck out one. Braxton Smith came in to relieve Crain in the sixth inning, and he hit a batter, and allowed four hits.

The West Orange Stark Mustangs traveled over to Hampshire-Fannett, and were upset by the Longhorns. Coach Rojas said the game didn’t go as planned, but a lot of baseball is still left for the ‘Stangs. They fell behind 6-0 in the first inning, but his ball club never quit, as they continued to battle until the end. They will be looking for a bounce back victory against their cross town foes, the Orangefield Bobcats.

Despite the loss, Daniel Woodson and Jordan Darnell had a few bright spots to build on for the Mustangs. Woodson hit a two run homer, and Darnell went 2-4 with a stolen base on the night.

This week, the Bears traveled over to Hampshire-Fannett to get in a little extra work, and they beat the Longhorns 17- 9. They had a game schedule with a desperate PN-G team Tuesday, and will host Livingston on Friday. The Pirates had Central on the schedule Tuesday, and will host PN-G on Friday. The Cardinals had a date set with Silsbee Tuesday, and will host the Mustangs on Friday. The Bobcats had the Mustangs on the schedule Tuesday, and will welcome Hampshire-Fannett on Friday.

Things are starting to heat up in these district races, see you at the park!

* See Joey Encalde’s Hometwon Baseball for updated baseball scores and photos in the upcoming issue of The Record newspapers, the County Record and Penny Record.