Orange County’s 20-4A teams opened up district play with a win. LC-M beat Lumberton 6-3, and Vidor beat Nederland 7-5.

Kody Smith pitched a complete game for the Bears in their victory over Lumberton. He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out an impressive fifteen Raiders. In the first inning, Scott Vaughan hit a deep fly ball to the left field fence that the left fielder mishandled. Vaughan reached second, then went to third on Kevin Adams’ ground out, and he later scored on Ryan Waddell’s single. James Swan added a single in the inning.

The Bears second inning produced two runs, sparked by Zach Drouillard hitting one of his two doubles in the game. Brandon Humphrey reached on an error that allowed Drouillard to score. Ryan Carline moved Humphrey to third with a sac bunt, and Humphrey scored on a fly ball to left from Jonathon Allen.

In the third, Kevin Adams was hit by a pitch, and later scored on Drouillard’s second double. Ryan Carline put the Bears on the Board in the fourth inning with a homerun. The last run came in the sixth inning. Humphrey led off with a double, went to third on an error from the short stop, and scored on a pass ball.

The Bears easily went 2-0 in district with a five inning affair with Ozen. The Bears belted eleven hits in the game on their way to a 13-1 win. Ryan Waddell, Alex Blem and Kevin Adams had two hits each. Adams had a triple, Blem a double, and the rest were singles.
Scott Vaughan had a double,  James Swan, Ryan Carline, Shea Richard, and Dyllon Sanford each had a single. Ryan Carline took care of the first four innings on the mound, allowing just one hit to accompany his six strike outs. Reid Fults pitched the fifth inning, recording three strikeouts.

The Vidor Pirates used a seven run fourth inning to win their opening district game against Nederland, 7-5. The Bulldogs made two errors and surrendered five walks in the inning to aid the Pirates. Joe Mojica and Matt Peno both had run scoring hits. Vincent Armstrong, Eric Foshee and Bubba Maxwell took care of the Pitching duties. Vidor was defeated 1-0 by Lumberton in their second district game.

Baytown Christian’s first baseman made an over the shoulder, highlight  catch that stole the win from the Orangefield Bobcats. Luke Johnson, who had two hits in the game, hit a Texas leaguer that looked like it would easily score the pinch runner, Sterling Deslatte, in the seventh inning for the game winner. Instead, the game went to the eighth inning with the score 8-8.

Baytown Christian scored three runs in the inning, and the Bobcats produced one for the final score of 11-9. Jonathon DeRamus led in the hitting department with three doubles and five RBI’s. Quinton Evans had two hits in the game, a double and a single, and Westin Crain had one single. Evans, Braxton Smith, and Deslatte pitched for the Cats.

The Bobcats had a pitching duel against the Kelly Bulldogs. There were only eight total hits in the game, four for each team, with one run coming in the seventh. Westin Crain pitched a fine ball game for the Cats, going six innings, allowing two hits, two walks, while collecting three strike outs. Jakob Brown pitched the seventh inning.  he gave up two hits and a free pass to the Bulldogs.

The Bobcats four hits came from Evans, Austin Scales, Jake Best and Eric Truncale.  Three of the Cats four hits were singles.  Evans’ triple was the only extra base hit.

Bridge City traveled over to Kirbyville, and came away with a 7-2 win. Forrest Zoch took the hill for the Cardinals.  In his efforts, he gave up three hits, two walks, and he struck out twelve. He easily made up for the hits he gave up by going four for four at the plate with one RBI. Jacob Lemoine pitched the final inning.  He shut the door on the Wildcats by striking out two of the four batters he faced.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the third, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. Mitchel Hubbard carried a hot bat, going three for four with a double and two singles. Hubbard also scored two runs and had one RBI. Zach Smith went two for four, with two singles and two RBI’s. Brandon Simoneaux and Hayden Guidry each added a single in the contest.

The West Orange Stark Mustangs traveled across the state line for their final two pre-season game. They lost to Lake Charles Sam Houston 14-0 and beat DeRidder 3-1.

LC-M had Central on the schedule Tuesday and will host Vidor Friday for a big Orange County matchup. Vidor had Ozen on the schedule Tuesday. District play cranks up for 20 3A Friday. Bridge City will travel to Hardin-Jefferson, West Orange will travel to Hamshire-Fannett, and Orangefield will host a big match up against Silsbee, all games starting at 7 p.m.

Details coming next week in the weekly addition of Hometown Baseball. See you at the park.