“It will be a fun year for our area baseball. Let’s aim high. I would like to see all of Orange County play extra baseball. It’s not out of reach. It could happen.”

That was in my very first article and our five Orange County teams have made that a true statement. In 21-3A, the Orangefield Bobcats stay undefeated and will be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed going into the playoffs. Orangefield will try to be the outright district champs this Friday as they host Bridge City. Bridge City will try to become co-district champs, and force a playoff for the seeding for the state playoffs this Friday night, when they make the trip to Orangefield. West Orange will be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and will travel to Hardin-Jefferson for their last district game. In district 20-4A, The LC-M Bears and Vidor Pirates are even with a 9-4 district record with one game left. LC-M beat Lumberton 4 to 3 Monday night and Vidor lost to Nederland 6 to 2. They will try to determine their playoff seed Friday, where LC-M will host Ozen and Vidor will travel to Livingston.

Cards edge Tigers
Bridge City played a little more baseball then they wanted to against the Silsbee Tigers, but after nine innings they came out on top 6 to 5. The Cardinals struck first in the second inning with a run but Silsbee responded in the third with two. The Cardinals took their second lead of the game in the sixth inning with a three run inning but the Tigers responded again, with a two run seventh to tie the ball game. In the eighth things got a little scary when the Tigers took a one-run lead, but it was the Cardinals turn to respond by scoring a run in the bottom of the inning to even things up. Bridge City held Silsbee scoreless in the ninth. Hayden Guidry, who was in to pitch, led the ninth off with a single. Forrest Zoch followed with a single, but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice. With runners on the corners, Silsbee decided to walk freshman Preston Pittman to load the bases with Joe Robertson on deck. Robertson stepped up and hit a walk off single, scoring Guidry for the 6 to 5 win. Mitchel Hubbard and Zoch had a big game at the plate, with Hubbard going two for two to go along with being hit by a pitch and a sac bunt. Zoch went three for four, with three singles.

Brandon Simoneaux and Dylan Mulhollan had key pinch hits, both hitting singles. Zach Smith, Matt Hicks and Matt Menard added single in the contest also. Zoch, Hicks and Guidry took care of the pitching duties. Zoch battled for seven innings, striking out five, giving up seven hits with four walks. Hicks came in to get the Cardinals out of the seventh, then turned it over to Guidry for the eighth and ninth innings. Guidry struck out one, while giving up four hits and one walk, receiving the win on the mound.

‘Horns clip ‘Stangs
The West Orange-Stark Mustangs dropped a tough one to the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns, which took eight innings to decide. The Longhorns hit a two-run homerun in the eighth to win the game 7 to 5. Coach Riojas could not say enough on the effort the Mustangs gave. Justin Sparrow and Taylor Turley did the pitching for the Mustangs, striking out 12 while giving up eight hits. Turley suffered the loss. The Mustangs had six hits in the game. Clayton Gearhart, Darius Mitchell, Turley, Zach Drouillard and James Thomas all had singles in the game with Justin Sparrow hitting a double.

B.C. over WO-S
Bridge City and West Orange met on the diamond for the second time and Bridge City left with a 5-3 win. Matt Hicks and Zane Anderson took the mound, and both pitched complete games for their teams. Anderson struck out two, gave up five hits, walked five and hit two batters. Hicks struck out twelve, gave up four hits, five walks and hit two batters. The Mustangs scored one run in the third and two in the sixth. The Mustang four hits were all singles off of the bats of Justin Sparrow, Clayton Gearhart, Jacoy Finney and Darius Mitchell. The Cardinals scored one run in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. Forrest Zoch was two for two with two singles, a walk and one run scored. Hicks hit an RBI double that scored Joe Robertson who had two walks, was hit by a pitch and scored three of the five runs for the Cardinals. The Cardinals other two hits were singles off the bat of Mitchel Hubbard and Evan Boren, with Boren receiving an RBI.

‘Cats claw Hawks, Tigers
The Orangefield Bobcats sent the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks home with an 18-2 loss. Orangefield scored fifteen runs in the fourth inning to put the game away. Chase Angelle recorded the win, striking out four and giving up six hits. Jacob felts pitched the last inning striking out one while giving up no runs. Angelle had a nice day at the plate, going three for three with a single, a double and a triple, and he scored two runs and added six RBIs to his collections. Corey Huckabay went two for four, with a single and a homerun, collecting three RBIs. Quinton Evans had a two for three day, with a single and a double. Felts, Derrick Evans and Jonathon DeRamus each had a hit that drove in runs, with Felts being a double and Evans and DeRamus hitting singles. DeRamus’s single scored two runs.

The Bobcats traveled to Silsbee and kept their undefeated record intact. Coach Bennett was proud of his Bobcats performance. The Bobcats scored two in the second inning, three in the fourth, two in the sixth and five in the seventh. Jace Statum took care of the pitching chores with Quinton Evans pitching the last inning. Statum had four strikeouts, gave up six hits and four runs. Evans struck out three, and gave up one hit. Coach Bennett commented on the game, “Jace struggled a little with his command, but in true Jace form, he battled his tail end off. He’s a competitor. Jacob’s (Felts) three run double in the fourth gave Jace a little breathing room and then when we scored five runs in the seventh, that gave us a chance to get Quinton an inning of work. Kyle Fontenot had a good night at the plate with two hits and he got us going with his sac fly in the second inning. These kids knew what was on the line tonight. They have worked extremely hard to get to this point.” Felts was perfect at the plate, along with his double he had a single, three walks, and five RBI’s. Along with Fontenot’s hits and one RBI, Derrick Evans, Corey Huckabay and Chase Angelle all had two hits apiece in the game. Evans hit produced one RBI and Angelle had three RBI’s. Jonathon DeRamus and Statum had a single in the game with DeRamus plating one run.

Bears tromp Lions
The LC-M Bears had a huge win over Livingston 5-0. Jonathan Allen had a perfect day at the plate, going two for two, with a single and a triple. Allen also had two walks, stole a base, scored two runs and had one RBI. In the first inning Allen hit his single, stole second and scored on a Brandon Landry single. In the third inning, Alex Blem led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on Allen’s triple. Allen then was plated by a Ryan Waddell single. Landry stepped in, and hit a triple and scored on a throwing error to make the score 5-0. Shane Waddell picked up the win on the mound, pitching four innings, giving up just one hit. Kody Smith came in to relieve Waddell, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Clay Ryan took over for Smith to get the final out of the game.

Pirates plunder Indians
The Vidor Pirates played PN-G for the second time in district, and repeated the result of the first game with a 6 to 3 victory. Bubba Maxwell and Michael Hester each had a two run homerun in the contest. Trae Hester pitched a fine game on the mound with twelve strike outs, while allowing seven hits, one walk and hitting one batter.

Bears sink Pirates
The LC-M Bears and the Vidor Pirates met for the second time, and again had a back yard scrap, with LC-M beating the Pirates for the second time. Shane Waddell had a monster game with two home runs and came in to pitch the last 2 2/3 innings for the win. Waddell’s first home run came in the first inning, a three run shot, the second home run came in the sixth inning, a two run shot that hit the top of the fence. The Bears scored five in the first inning, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth inning. Mason Dallas and Scott Vaughan had two hits apiece. Dallas had two doubles, a walk and scored two runs, while Vaughan had two singles, three RBI’s, and scored two runs also. Jonathan Allen, Hunter Gonzalez, and Alex Blem contributed in the game with singles. Allen walked twice and scored a run, Gonzalez had a walk also and scored a run. Ryan Waddell walked once, was hit twice by a pitch and scored two runs. Coach Griff used five pitchers, Kody Smith, Clay Ryan, Josh Veillon, Reid Fults and Shane Waddell to get the job done on the mound. Together they struck out five, gave up eight hits, walked seven while hitting two batters. Hunter Hagler pitch 5 1/3 inning with Vincent Armstrong coming in to record the last two outs. Vidor scored one in the first, two in the fourth, three in fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Matt Peno had two hits, a homerun, a single along with a walk and two RBI’s. Bubba Maxwell and Michael Hester both had a double and a single, with Hester batting in two runs. Joe Mojica and Carey Hester helped out with singles, both had walks, Mojica was hit by a pitch with Hester recording an RBI. It was an entertaining game with the Bears coming out on top with a 10 to 9 victory.