District races are heating up for our area teams. In 20-4A the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears are 6-3, and in fourth after a victory over Beaumont Central 8-3. They will face Nederland Friday. Vidor stands at 7-2 with a win over Lumberton 12-0 and will travel to Ozen Friday. In 21-3A, the Orangefield Bobcats stay undefeated, posting a 6-0 record by beating West Orange-Stark 11-0 and will make a trip to Hamshire-Fannett Friday. The Bridge City Cardinals stayed one game back, in second, with a win over Fannett 15-2 and will travel to Hardin-Jefferson Friday. The West Orange-Stark Mustangs are hanging on to the third spot in district by dropping one to Orangefield, but they will host Silsbee for a key district game Friday.

Cardinals shut out ‘Stangs

Bridge City had two power outages, one before the game and one during the first inning. Power was restored, allowing Forrest Zoch to overpower his way past the West Orange Stark Mustangs. Zoch pitched a complete game two hit shut out, giving up only two hits, striking out nine and walking two. He also had a hit single in the ball game. The two Mustang hits came off the bat of Justin Sparrow and Zach Drouillard both being a singles. Taylor Turley pitched for the Mustangs, giving up 10 hits, one walk and striking out four. Joe Robertson had a perfect day at the plate going three for three, scoring one run and stealing a base.
The Cardinals got on the board in the third inning scoring two runs. Evan Boren led off with a single, moved to second on Robertson’s single and to third on a pass ball. Matt Hicks hit a double scoring Boren, and Luke Rhodes followed with a double scoring Hicks. The Cardinals scored three more in the fifth inning. Cameron Dishon led off with a bunt single followed by three singles from Robertson, Hicks and Rhodes with Hicks’ producing one RBI and Rhodes two RBIs. The Cardinals scored their final run in the six inning on two Mustang errors, a walk, and a balk scoring Zach Smith to make it a 6-0 final.

Bobcats still undefeated

The Silsbee Tigers came in to Orangefield and were allowed to leave early because of the mercy rule. The Bobcat’s beat the Tigers 13-3 in six innings. Chase Angelle pitched a complete game, striking out nine and walking just one. He was also two for five at the plate with three RBIs. Jacob Felts was perfect at the plate going one for one with four walks and two RBIs. Kyle Fontenot went two for three with a single and a triple, scoring three times and recording two RBIs. Jace Statum, Derrick Evans, Corey Huckabay and Jonathan DeRamus added two hits a piece also, with Evans scoring two runs with two RBIs and Statum scoring three times to accompany one RBI and two walks. Huckabay scored one run and had an RBI. Josh Watson went one for two and scored twice.
The game of the week took place in Bridge City. A lot of stuff was put to sleep Friday night. Beliefs such as “Orangefield can not beat the Cardinals in Bridge City, Orangefield has not played anyone, and their No. 4 ranking is overrated.” They moved over the hump by impressively beating their cross-town rival, Bridge City, 7-2. If you don’t believe in the Bobcats now you better find another sport to watch.
Starting in the third inning the Bobcats never looked backed by using a fine pitching performance by Statum and the long ball to make their statement. I see no reason why the Bobcats should not move up from their No. 4 ranking, and deservedly so. Matt Hicks pitched 6 1/3 innings, struck out nine, gave up nine hits, three of them were long balls, and walked four. Mitchel Hubbard came in to get the last two outs giving up one hit, one walk and striking out one. Statum took the mound for the Bobcats, getting a complete game, striking out nine, giving up five hits and walking four. Bridge City stuck first in the first inning; Joe Robertson led off with a double, was moved over by Hicks’ sac bunt and scored on a ground out by Luke Rhodes. Jacob Felts had a single in the first inning that went off the foot of Hicks. In the third inning Statum hit the first homerun of the game to make it a one to one game until the fourth inning.
Hicks hit a single in the third inning for the Cardinals but Statum got two of his strikes out and a ground out to end the inning. In the fourth innings Felts led off with his second hit of the game, a single. Angelle stepped up and hit a two-run homer to the deepest part of the field followed by a line drive homerun by Quinton Evans for a three-run inning. Corey Huckabay and Josh Watson added singles in the inning. The Cardinals scored their second run in the bottom of the fourth; Zach Smith led off with a double, followed by a single from Forrest Zoch and Robertson with his second hit of the game, an RBI single. Statum held the Cardinals hitless for the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Angelle picked up his second hit of the game, a single in the fifth inning and Statum had his second hit in the sixth inning, also a single. The Bobcats picked up two insurance runs in the seventh inning, Quinton Evans walked, Huckabay reached on a fielders choice, and Kyle Fontenot also walked. Derrick Evans ripped a two RBI single to bring the game to its final score of 7-2.

WO-S grounds Hawks

West Orange took down H-J 13-3 in only five innings to keep their playoff run on schedule. Zane Anderson made quick work of the Hawks throwing only 71 pitches to get the job done, striking out seven, giving up three hits and one walk. Anderson also helped himself by getting two hits at the plate and knocking in two runs. Darius Mitchell was a big help at the plate having a perfect day, hitting a double, a triple, with three RBI’s and stole one base. Jordan Darnall had a two hit game with a single, a double and two RBI’s. Justin Sparrow, Taylor Turley, Clayton Gearhart and Josiah Phares all contribute with hits, with Sparrow being a three-bagger.

Bears trounce Ozen

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears took down Ozen 12-3 with Shane Waddell earning the win on the mound for the Bears, but dropped a game to PN-G 7-3. LC-M was down 4-1 before they made a come back in the sixth inning to make the game interesting but PN-G held on for the win. The Bears scored a run in the first inning and two in the sixth. Mason Dallas led off with a single in the first inning, and advanced to third on a sac bunt and a fielder choice, and scored while Brandon Landry was caught up in a run down. Kevin Adams, Dallas, and Jonathan Allen belted three straight singles in the sixth inning with Allen’s single-plating Adams. Dallas scored on a pass ball for the Bears last run. Waddell and Kody Smith handled the pitching duties for the Bears.

Pirates edge Livingston, sink Central

The Vidor Pirates squeaked past Livingston 3-2 with Hunter Hagler getting the complete game win on the mound with an eight strike-out performance. The Pirates also jumped all over Central and won 20-1.