Bridge City Cardinal senior Matt Hicks made it official Wednesday when he signed his letter of intent to play baseball for University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Hicks has been a driving force for the Bridge City Cardinals since his appearance on the diamond as a freshman in 2006.

The three year Region III playoff veteran won’t be leaving for Lafayette anytime soon. Hicks has his sights set on the first day of practice for the Bridge City Cardinals is Feb. 1– and from there another state playoff run is in the making.

The Cardinals finished 26-7-1 overall last season under first year head baseball coach Chad Landry. Bridge City advanced to the Region III semifinals before falling to Spring Hill-Longview in an exciting best-of-three series that went the distance.

In his junior season Hicks pitched a 1.60 ERA with 136 strikeouts and was a big playmaker at the plate as well. His .372 batting average included 21 RBIs, 14 doubles, a triple and two home runs. He had 32 hits and scored 37 runs.

The University of Louisiana signed Hicks as a pitcher and infielder. They got a dandy.

Attending the ceremonies in the Library of Bridge City High School were his mother Marianne Petry, father Tom Hicks and among his favorite fans, Malcom Matthews, a very proud grandfather.