Joey Encalade
Hometown Baseball

Two of the three Orange County teams are left standing after the first round of playoffs. The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears won a nail-biter against Baytown Lee, and the Bridge City Cardinals, who had a first round bye, are both headed to the Region III area round.

LC-M will face Montgomery in a best-of-three series. The series starts Thursday at Lamar University at 7 p.m., Friday at Montgomery 7 p.m. and Saturday, if needed, at LC-M at 2 p.m. Montgomery is the fourth place team from Dist. 17-4A, with a district record of 8-6 and 15-13-1 overall.

Bridge City will face Smithville in a best-of-three series. All games will be in Conroe Oak Ridge. Game one and two, will be played Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m., if needed. Smithville is the third place team from Dist. 23-3A, with a district record of 6-4 and 12-14 overall.

If you did not take the trip to watch LC-M in their first round playoff game, a one game series against Baytown Lee, you missed an excellent game. Kody Smith pitched a complete game shutout giving up just two hits, walking two, and striking out seven. Both of Ganders’ hits came in the fifth inning, two singles. An error loaded the bases; then Smith struck out the next three batters, ending the Ganders’ only big threat.

The Bears only had four hits in the game, but two of them were back-to-back long balls for the only scores of the game. In the second inning Alex Blem and Zach Drouillard took Ganders’ stud pitcher, Reed Seeley, deep. Blem’s ball left the park in a hurry and went over the centerfield wall, and Drouillard hit the left field fair post. The Bears had two more hits in the game; both were singles by Kevin Adams and Ryan Carline.

The Vidor Pirates gave Goose Creek Memorial all they wanted, extending the series to three games. Goose Creek advanced to the area round with a 7-4 victory in the rubber match game. Vidor lost the first game against Goose Creek Memorial 10-2. The Pirates’ Jeremy Stevenson had a homerun in the third inning to tie the game. Vidor’s other run came in the top of the sixth inning, an RBI single by Bryce Cooper that scored Hunter Hagler. Hagler took the loss on the mound in five innings of work.

The Pirates evened the series in game two with a 5-4 victory. Bubba Maxwell pitched a complete game on the mound for the win. In the deciding game Eric Foshee, Curtis Watkins, and Matt Peno did the pitching for the Pirates. Foshee recorded the loss. Colby Sciarella had a hot bat hitting a double and a homerun.

The Bridge City Cardinals had a couple of warm-up games. The first one was against the Buna Cougars. The Cardinals belted eight hits in the game, including two homeruns by Cameron Dishon and Mitchel Hubbard.

Hubbard also added a single in the game. Matt Menard had two hits, a double and a single. The other three hits were by Bryce Sampere, Taylor Day, and Jason Broussard, all singles. Jacob Lemoine, Hubbard, and Hayden Guidry got in some work on the mound.

Lemoine pitched three innings, walking five, striking out four, and allowing no runs. Hubbard pitched two and one-third innings, giving up three hits, hitting one batter, walking one, and striking out two. Guidry pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up one hit, walking two, and striking out five. The Cardinals won the game 10-3.

The second game was against Carthage. The game ended after seven innings, a tie 6-6. Forrest Zoch, Hubbard, Guidry, and Lemoine all put some work in on the mound. The Cardinals had seven hits in the contest, led by a homerun and a double by Matt Menard. Zoch had two hits, both being singles. Dishon, Zach Smith, Sampere, and Dylan Mulhollan each had a single.

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