Bridge City and Nederland beat the rain by scrimmaging on Monday the 8th instead of Tuesday. In the 10 innings Coach Chad Landry and the Cardinals played, they managed to have several plate appearances and threw six different pitchers. The Cardinals crossed the plate seven times while the Bulldogs scored four runs in the contest. Forrest Zoch pitched the first two innings, striking out two and allowing no walks. He scattered three hits over the two innings, but nobody crossed the plate. Matt Hicks pitched the second and third. He struck out four, allowed one walk and gave up no runs. The dogs scored their first two runs in the fifth inning off Mitchel Hubbard. In the inning Hubbard struck out two, allowed one walk and gave up two hits. Hayden Guidry came in to pitch the sixth and seventh innings. He walked and struck out two, and gave up only one hit. Nederland’s final two runs came in the eighth off Zach Smith who struck out one, walked two, and gave up a hit. Matt Menard pitched the final inning giving up a walk and a hit. In the hitting department the Cardinals belted 10 hits, struck out 15 times and managed to draw nine walks. Mitchel Hubbard and Josh Lemoine both had two hits. Lemoine’s hit scored two runs and Hubbard also had an RBI. Joe Robertson and Zoch both had run scoring hits. The big hit of the game was off the bat of Luke Rhodes, a double to the bottom of the left field wall that also scored a run. Zach Smith had a sac-fly to center. Colby Carpenter, Brandon Simoneux and Cameron Dishon also contributed with hits. 

Bridge City traveled to Barbers Hill for a scrimmage the 13th. The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning but were shut out for the rest of the scrimmage. Bridge City scored three in the fourth and four in the seventh. Hubbard, Simoneux and Zoch had multi-hit games. Zoch, Guidry, Hubbard, Hicks and Menard shared the pitching duties. Bridge City will have their final warm up against Little Cypress-Mauriceville Saturday and then travel to Nederland Tuesday. 

Weather cut Orangefield’s scrimmage short against Liberty, but they were able to play four innings. The Bobcats threw three pitchers. Chase Angelle threw two innings recording five strike outs, Corey Huckabay one inning with two strike outs, and Jace Statum one inning with three strike outs. Orangefield hit the ball well. Statum and Huckabay went one for three with Statum hitting a three-bagger and Huckabay adding a double. Jacob Felts went two for two with two doubles and Angelle had a two for two day also. Josh Watson, Parker James and Austin Scales also added a hit each. The Bobcats looked good on the mound and came up with a few key hits in a five run third inning. The Cats scored eight runs in four innings. 

The Bobcats had a scrimmage scheduled with Vidor, but were not able to play because of weather. The Bobcats have a scrimmage schedule with Buna Friday. Saturday will be meet the Bobcats, as well as a recognition day for the 20-year anniversary of the 1990 team. Orangefield will play their first game that counts Monday against Liberty. 

Vidor will have their last scrimmage Friday against West Orange-Stark, and start keeping score for real when they host their tournament starting the Feb. 25. 

West Orange had the opportunity for a few at bats and a chance to look at some of their pitching against the Kirbyville Wildcats. Zane Anderson pitched the first two innings, giving up two hits but no runs. Jordan Darnall pitched one inning, allowing no runs and recording one strike out. Taylor Turley and Zach Drouillard turned in good pitching performances also. The Mustangs hit the ball OK considering it was the first time to face live pitching, but they were still not satisfied. Jacoy Finney, Jordan Darnell and Darium Mitchell each went one for three. The Mustang defense looked pretty good. Finney looked sharp behind the plate and Josiah Phares had a nice night in left field. Both of these young men are sophomores. Jordan Darnall also had a solid scrimmage at short stop. 

The Mustang had to reschedule their scrimmage against Memorial because of the weather, but Coach Riojas did find them someone to play last Saturday. Port Neches-Groves came over and played a full seven innings. Zane Anderson had another nice outing. He pitched two innings, allowing two hits and giving up no runs. Jordan Darnall pitched two innings also, allowing one hit while striking out two with no runs. Justin Sparrow, Zane Anderson, Jordan Darnall, Clayton Gearhart and Josiah Phares all turned in hit for the mustang. Sparrows hit brought in the Mustangs run. West Orange competed well in the scrimmage, with PN-G not scoring until the fifth. The Indians plated four runs to the Mustangs one. Overall the scrimmage went well and Coach Riojas was pleased with the team’s effort. West Orange will take on Vidor Friday and host their alumni game Saturday. Their first game is scheduled for Tuesday against Jasper. 

I did not get to watch the entire scrimmage, but I did see six good innings of baseball at LC-M. The Bears started slow but got things rolling in the third inning against West Brook. Shane Waddell started the hitting with an RBI double in the third followed by Mason Dallas’s two run scoring single. In the fourth Scott Vaughan singled, swiped second and scored on Brandon Landry’s single. Ryan Waddell added a single in the frame also. Mason Dallas recorded his second hit in the fifth. The last inning I watched was the sixth where Ryan Carline reached on an error followed by a walk to Jonathan Allen. Both runners advanced on a balk. After the balk Vaughan got his second hit, collecting two RBIs on a single. He stole second again and moved to third on a Brandon Landry fielder’s choice. Vaughan scored on a deep sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Waddell. 

Josh Veillon pitched the first two innings for the bears giving up two singles, two walks, and he struck out one while four runs crossed the plate. Cody Smith pitched the third and fourth showing off his curve ball. Smith struck out the first three batters he faced. He allowed one single but his defense picked him up with a 4-6-3 double play in the fourth. Reed Fults pitched the next two innings, striking out four, hitting one batter and allowing no walks or runs.
When I left, ace pitcher Shane Waddell was coming to the mound. While I was there West Brook scored four runs to the Bears seven. LC-M will scrimmage Bridge City Saturday followed by their alumni game. The Bears will start counting wins and losses Monday against Kelly.