Some washouts, some games in the weekend tourney schedule
Some of the area schools managed to get some games in around the raindrops, mostly on Thursday.
This week will see West Orange-Stark play East Chambers, LCM and Deweyville; Orangefield takes on Kelly at Kelly on Saturday; Bridge City will meet Huntington and Kirbyville at home; LCM will host at home at 7 p.m. after the game at WOS that morning at 10 p.m.
With the weather expected to improve the games should go as scheduled.
Friday and Saturday were for the most part too wet. There were washouts at the Jasper Tournament and for Bridge City at the LaGrange Tournament. West Orange-Stark and Little Cypress-Mauriceville did manage to get in a game Thursday at the Kirbyville Tournament and the Don Newcomb Tournament in Porter, respectively.
On Thursday, West Orange-Stark met the Ozen Panthers in the Kirbyville tournament. Each team scored one run in the first inning and two runs in the third inning. The tie was broken when Ozen scored four times in the fourth and the Mustangs closed the inning with no runs.
The Panthers led the game 7-3. WOS scored twice in the fifth inning, but with neither team scoring in the last two innings, the game ended with the Panthers clawing the Mustangs 7-5.
Mustang hitters put the bat on the ball, Tevin Terrel. Jacob Finney, Grant Anderson, Daniel Woodson, Chase Rutledge and Maurice Morris each went to the plate three times and each got one hit. Rutledge turned his into an RBI.
Grant LaPoint gained a base by getting hit with a wild pitch. Morris stole three bases on three attempts, Finney stole two for two, Woodson and LaPoint each stole one.
In spite of all the hits and steals, the Mustangs just could not pass the Panthers seven run score.
Lions are bigger than Bobcats and that was the way the game went between the Livingston Lions and the Orangefield Bobcats.
The Lions clawed 16 runs out of the game leaving the Bobcats 14 runs behind when the score ended in the Lions’ favor 16-2.
Livingston scored one run in the first and another in the second. The highest scoring inning of the game was the third when the Lions hit the board for six more runs. In the fourth and fifth innings, they scored two runs in each inning.
The Bobcats only got on the board in the first inning with one run and in the fifth inning with their only other run. The fifth and sixth innings were not played with the lead the Lions had.
Orangefield players made good efforts; Braxton Smith went 2-3 at the plate and scored both of the ‘Cats runs. Eric Truncale was 2-2 batting. Blake Judice and Justin Bradley were 50 percent— hitting 2-2.
Luke Johnson was popped by a Lions pitcher and got a “free” base. Smith and Truncale each stole a base, but the Lions played such a strong defensive game that the Bobcats efforts, as hard as they were, were just not enough to pull off the win.
Three of the Orangefield pitching staff went to the mound,
Smith faced six batters and allowed three runs, Johnson went against 11 Lions and allowed five runs. Ryan Gunstream took credit for the loss. Gunstream faced the most batters, 16, and allowed eight runs.
The Battlin’ Bears of Little Cypress-Mauriceville journeyed to Porter to play in the Don Newcomb Tournament at Porter High School. They managed to get in two games on Thursday before the rains came.
At 3 p.m., the Bears met the Caney Creek Panthers from Conroe.
The score ended a close 3-2 with the Bears winning. After a short rest, the Bears faced the home team Porter Panthers. The Bears won that game also, mauling the Panthers to a 5-2 finish.