Cards, ‘Cats see wins
West Orange began district play with an 11-4 record after an extra inning loss to Sulphur. Jordan Darnall added another homerun to his collection, but the Mustangs came up short 4-5. Sulphur tied the game in the seventh and won it in the eighth.
The Orangefield Bobcats played their last pre-district game against Buna. The Bobcats scored two runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third for a 5-0 victory. Quinton Evans handled six of the seven innings on the mound while giving up three hits, striking out nine and walking one batter. Jace Statum closed the game getting all three outs by strikeouts, while walking one. Orangefield collected six hits in the ball game, five singles and one double.
Statum had two singles. Corey Huckabay, Kyle Fontenot and Jacob Felts each had single, and Quinton Evans collected a double. The Bobcats finished pre-district with a 13-2 record.
West Orange-Stark and the Bobcats opened district play against one another. The No. 4 state ranked Bobcats won the game but the Mustangs gave them all they wanted. The game could have easily gone the other way. Two fine pitching performances by Statum and Zane Anderson highlighted the game. Statum pitched five innings for the Bobcats giving up five hits, walking six and striking out 12 batters.
Chase Angelle pitched the last two innings, facing the minimum, while striking out two to close the door on the Mustangs. Anderson pitch a complete game, giving up five hits, striking out two and walking two. One walk was a no pitch walk to catcher Felts. The first two inning went scoreless with only one hit a piece for each team. Both were singles by Orangefield second baseman Jonathan DeRamus and West Orange right fielder Zach Drouillard. The Mustangs scratched first in the third inning for two runs. Clayton Gearhart led off with a triple followed by a walk to Jordan Darnall who also stole second. Statum walked the next three batters, Anderson, Drouillard and Darius Mitchell with Drouillard and Mitchell getting credited with RBI’S.
The fourth inning was the difference-maker for the Bobcats when they scored all of their runs in the game by crossing the plate four times. Felts started things off with a solo homerun to left-center field. Angelle reached on an error and stole second. Then a walk was issued to Quinton Evans. Huckabay hit an RBI double scoring Angelle. Quinton Evans then scored on a pass ball and Josh Watson took his turn with an RBI single, scoring Huckabay for the fourth run. WO-S made it interesting by putting a run on the board in the fourth to make it a one run game. Justin Sparrow started with a double and moved over to third on a Gearhart fielder choice. Taylor Turley hit Sparrow in with a single to make it a 4-3 ball game. That was it for the scoring in the game but Statum added a double in the fifth frame for the ‘Cats and Anderson did the same for the ‘Stangs.
Orangefield started off 1-0 in district play, and were set to play Hamshire Fannett before heading to Hardin-Jefferson Thursday.
WO-S (0-1) was scheduled to play Silsbee before hosting Hamshire-Fannett Thursday.
The Bridge City Cardinals faced a scrappy Baytown Christian squad for their last pre-district game. The Cardinals came out on top behind the pitching of Forrest Zoch, Mitchel Hubbard and Matt Hicks. The Cardinals jumped out of the blocks with a leadoff homerun by Joe Robertson. Robertson pick up another hit in the forth inning, stole two bases and scored two runs. Hicks had a three hit game with two doubles and a single; he also scored two runs.
Zoch had a two hit game with two singles while touching home plate twice himself. Cody Quigley and Cameron Dishon both had singles in the game, with Dishon scoring one run. The last run of the game was scored by Dylan Mulhollan after he drew a base on balls making the score 8-3. The Cardinals start district play with an 11-3-1 record.
What a game played in Bride City between the Cardinals and the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns. Hicks was at it again, striking out 15 Longhorns, scattering four hits, allowing one walk and hitting one batter. Fannett scored one run in the first inning to take an early 1-0 led. That held up until the sixth inning when Bridge City tied the game. Robertson drew a walk, then advanced to third on an error by the Fannett catcher. Hicks hit a sac fly to left field scoring Robertson. Hicks took the mound in the seventh striking out all three batters to keep the game tied. Fannett’s Logan Johnson had not allowed a hit in six innings of play until the seventh inning leadoff hitter, catcher Matt Menard stepped in. Menard blasted a walk off homerun deep to right center field to vault the Cardinals to a 1-0 start in district play. The Cardinals were set to play Hardin-Jefferson before taking on Silsbee in an away game Thursday.
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears draw even on their record to 2-2 in 20-4A play, after a loss to Nederland 10-1 and a win over Livingston 10-2. LC-M used seven pitchers to get through the contest with Kody Smith taking the loss in the Nederland game.
The Bears had four hits off of Nederland pitchers. Mason Dallas had two of the four hits, and also the games only RBI for the Bears. Brandon Landry and Alex Blem had the other two hits. The Bears were set to play Vidor before hosting Lumberton Thursday.
Vidor improves to 4-0 in district play, and now holds first. The Pirates beat Ozen 12-0 and Port Neches-Groves 2-1. Trae Hester had another fine outing against PN-G, striking out 14 Indians and pitching all seven innings while giving up only three hits. Vidor was scheduled to play LC-M before traveling to Nederland Thursday.