Tournament play has begun for Orange County teams. Mother Nature had a little too much to say about it. The tournaments had to be modified. I traveled to Little Cypress-Mauriceville where they were hosting the 2010 Don Gibbens Tournament and witnessed a homerun derby. 

LCM was playing Hamshire-Fannett. The Bears won the contest 14 to 2. They put on a show, hitting seven homeruns. Mason Dallas and Brandon Landry each had two homeruns, while Ryan Waddell, Shane Waddell and Scott Vaughan added one homerun a piece. It was an impressive way to start their own tournament. 

Their second game of the day was against Hardin-Jefferson, which they won. Mason Dallas and Josh Veillon handled the five innings of pitching. They recorded seven hits, six strikeouts, seven walks, two hit batters but only three runs crossed the plate. LCM scratched for four runs in the first inning. Mason Dallas walked, followed by a double from Ryan Waddell. Brandon Landry stepped up and hit a three run homer to left. Casey Burleigh drew another walk, then Hunter Gonzalez ripped a single followed by a walk to Brylon Douglas. Burleigh then scored the fourth run of the inning on a pick off attempt. Gonzalez and Kevin Adams added a single to the books with Gonzalez’s hit coming in the third and Adams’ in the fourth. 

LCM lit up the score board again in the final inning. Shane Waddell, Landry, and Burleigh each drew walks to load the bases. Gonzalez put a run on the score board with the help of an error by the Hawks third baseman. Douglas and Adams added three RBIs with singles; Adams’ hit recorded two RBIs. Scott Vaughan was hit by a pitch to load the bases once again. Mason Dallas stepped up, and you will never guess what happened. The umpire called the game because of the time limit. The Bears took game two 8 to 3.
LCM was able to play two more games, both against Lufkin Hudson. One ended in a 5 to 5 tie and the other they won 4 to 3.

Vidor and West Orange-Stark competed in the Pirate Baseball Classic. WOS started the tournament off in dramatic fashion. The Mustangs were down to Kelly by the score of 7 to 6 in the final inning. Jordan Darnall stepped in and hit a walk off three run homer to take the opener 9 to 7. WOS drew Vidor for the evening game and Vidor came out on top with an 8 to 1 victory. Ace Trae Hester did the pitching for Vidor, striking out eight, walking one, allowing only one hit and one run in five innings of play. Vidor played Silsbee to a 5 to 1 win, but dropped one to Jasper, 8 to 1. West Orange played a double header against Dayton winning both games. Game one was 7 to 6 with Zane Anderson earning the win. They won game two 7 to 3 with Zach Drouillard posting the win.
Bridge City and Orangefield played in the Lumberton Raiders’ Tournament. 

The Bobcats had an easy opening game beating Buna 11 to 1 in five innings. Jacob Felts was the winning pitcher with Josh Watson coming in to close the final inning. 

Bridge City squared off with Livingston in their first game. The Cardinals won the game with an 8 to 2 victory. Mitchel Hubbard received the win on the mound. The Cardinals turned around and faced Buna. Matt Hicks recorded the win with six innings of work. He struck out nine, gave up four hits, but no runs. The Cardinals won the contest 10 to 0. Joe Robertson carried a hot bat going 6 for 7 in the two games. 

Bridge City and Lumberton moved their game to Bridge City. It was a back and forth contest that the Raiders won 8 to 7. The highlights of the game were two defense plays by Matt Hicks and Zach Smith. They both made diving stops, hopped up and threw the runner out at first. The other highlight was a long homerun hit by catcher Matt Menard. Forrest Zoch, Zach Smith, and Hayden Guidry handled the pitching chores, giving up four hits, three of them homeruns, striking out six, with four walks and two hit batters.
Mitchel Hubbard started the hitting for the Cardinals with a single in the second but a crazy, questionable double play stopped the threat. After Lumberton started off with a 5 to 0 lead, the Cardinals scratched for a run in the third. Menard walked, Cameron Dishon hit into a fielder choice and went to second on a pass ball. Joe Robertson reached on an error and stole second followed by a Matt Hicks walk. With bases loaded Luke Rhodes knocked two runs in with a single. The Cardinals scored two more in the forth. Hubbard led off with his second hit of the game, a double. Dylan Mulhollan hit Hubbard in with a single followed by a walk to Zoch. Menard ripped an RBI double scoring pinch runner Jason Broussard who was running for Mulhollan. 

The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth. Rhodes and Mulhollan walked and Evan Boren plated Rhodes with a single. 

Lumberton went back in front with a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh. 

In the seventh Evan Boren collected his second hit of the game with a single, followed by Menard’s blast that hit the tennis court. The Cardinals out hit the Raiders, but Lumberton was able to get out of town with the victory.

If Mother Nature allows it, Bridge City will compete in the Nederland Tournament, Orangefield will host their tournament and LCM will be at the Brenham Tournament. WOS and Vidor will compete in the Certa-Bearden Tournament, all starting Thursday the 4th.