There’s still a lot of baseball to play, but the district races are getting interesting. At the halfway mark in Dist. 21-3A, all three Orange County teams are still in a battle for not only a playoff spot, but also a district championship.

The Bridge City Cardinals had a nice week by scoring thirty points in two games. The Cardinals defeated Hampshire-Fannett and Orangefield. The Orangefield Bobcats and West Orange Stark Mustangs both split this week. Both beat Hardin-Jefferson, with Orangefield losing to Bridge City, and West Orange losing to Silsbee.

With the first game played in the second half in 20-4A, the LC-M Bears are sitting in second place behind Nederland. The Bears split last week losing to Nederland and beating Lumberton. The Vidor Pirates are tied for the fourth playoff spot with PN-G. The Pirates also split last week, defeating Livingston and losing to Nederland.

The LC-M Bears traveled to Nederland to see who would take sole possession of first place. LC-M had a shaky first inning, giving up three runs on only one Bulldog hit. Nederland went on to a 7-0 victory. Ryan Carline took the loss on the mound. He pitched the first three innings and to one batter in the fourth, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out three. Reid Fults replaced Carline on the mound to finish the game. Bulldog pitcher Tyler Smith and Brett Brown kept LC-M in check by giving up only five hits, all singles, while striking out twelve.

Kevin Adams had two of the five hits with James Swan, Alex Blem and Ryan Carline the other three singles. The Bulldogs defense only committed one error and turned two double plays to escape any possible Bear rallies. LC-M bounced right back and beat Lumberton 6-2, to stay within striking distance of the district title. Kody Smith picked up another win, with Reid Fults coming in for relief.

Vidor went to 4-4 in district play with a 7-3 win over Livingston and an 8-3 loss to Nederland. Eric Foshee recorded the win against Livingston with Bubba Maxwell coming in for relief. In the loss to Nederland, Maxwell had three hits, two doubles and a single. Hunter Hagler, Adam Zerko, Jordan Olbrich and Joe Mojica all had singles. Colby Sciarella, Foshee, Vincent Armstrong, and Jeremy Stevenson handled the pitching duties.

Silsbee used an eight run seventh inning to stay undefeated in 21-3A by downing WO-S 11-1. Jacoy Finney recorded the loss on the mound for the Mustangs. The Mustangs could only muster four hits against Silsbee pitcher Justin Flowers. Daniel Woodson had two singles, one being an infield hit. James Thomas had a double and Luke Domas had a single.

The Mustangs stayed in the playoff race with a win against the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks 9-1. Zane Anderson pitched a complete game, giving up six hits, walking none and striking out five. James Thomas and Chaz York had a nice day at the plate going three for four. Thomas had a double and York a triple. Cash McCarson contributes with a double also and Jacoy Finney a triple. Luke Domas and Anderson each had a single.

With an eleven-strikeout night by Forrest Zoch, and three long balls by Preston Pitman, Bryce Sampere and Mitchel Hubbard, the Bridge City Cardinals brought their district record to an even 2-2 by beating Hampshire-Fannett 13-7.

The Redbirds used a seven run fourth inning to put the Hampshire-Fannett Longhorns away. With two outs in the fourth inning Pitman and Sampere hit back-to-back long balls. Dylan Mulhollan then ripped a triple and scored on an error from the second baseman. Cameron Dishon and Zach Smith drew walks. Simoneaux and Dishon scored on the second error by the second baseman, allowing Hubbard to get on.

Matt Menard had the last two RBI’s of the inning by hitting a double that scored Smith and Hubbard. Smith, Zoch, and Simoneaux each contributed in the hit column by each hitting a single. Zoch picked up the win, pitching five and three-fourths innings, while only giving up four hits and five walks to go along with his eleven strikeouts. Jacob Lemoine finished the sixth inning, recording one strikeout. Hayden Guidry pitched the seventh inning, giving up one unearned run.

With the help of some nice defensive plays from the Orangefield Bobcats, Quinton Evans faced seventeen batters, beating the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks 12-0. The Bobcat defense made only one error in the game and turned one double play. Second baseman Jonathon DeRamus and shortstop Austin Scales made the highlight reel. DeRamus with a nice scoop running to his left, tossed the ball to first from his glove hand for the out, and Scales was involved in every inning except the fifth with his defense. Only one Hawk reached third base, which was on a pass ball. Evans struck out seven, hit one batter, and gave up just one hit on his way to victory.

The Bobcats belted twelve hits, with two homeruns, and three batters having a perfect day at the plate. Evans hit a two run shot and Parker James hit a three run long ball. Jake Best went two for two with two singles and one walk. Westin Crain stayed perfect at the plate the hard way, getting hit by a pitch twice and he hit one single. Logan Moss took advantage of his at bat, going one for one with a single. Braxton Smith went two for three with a double and a single. Scales had two hits also, both being singles. DeRamus and Jakob Brown each had a single.

Orangefield traveled to Bridge City for their first of two, cross-town rivalries. The Cardinals exploded for eleven runs in the first inning, highlighted by two homeruns. Dylan Mulhollan hit a grand slam and Matt Menard hit a three run bomb. Three Cardinals had perfect nights at the plate. Zach Smith who also got in on the homerun derby was one for one; he walked and was hit by a pitch. Mulhollan was also one for one, with a walk and a sac fly, with five RBI’s. Forrest Zoch went three for three with a double and two singles, and a walk.

The Redbirds had six more singles in the game, two by Cameron Dishon, one by Mitchel Hubbard, Menard, Preston Pitman and Bryce Sampere. Jacob Lemoine recorded the win pitching three and one-third innings, giving up one hit, hitting one batter, and striking out three. Hubbard finished the fourth for Lemoine, giving up one hit, hitting a batter, and striking out one. Pitman closed the game for the Cardinals. The three hits for the Bobcats were all singles, two coming from Quinton Evans and one from Sterling Deslatte. Westin Crain, Jacob Brown, Braxton Smith and Deslatte pitched for the Bobcats. Crain suffered the loss.

It’s going to be a good week in our area baseball. Things will start to shape up as the winner of the district title and playoff scenarios start to unfold. In 20-4A the Bears hosted Ozen, and will make the trip to Beaumont to play Central Friday, and then they will go to Vidor to take on the Pirates Saturday. The Pirates hosted Lumberton, will travel to Ozen Friday, and will return home to play Orange County rival LC-M Saturday. In 21-3A, the Bobcats beat Silsbee 11-2 and will take on WO-S Friday. The Cardinals beat Hardin-Jefferson 10-0 and will take on Silsbee Friday. The Mustangs lost to Hampshire-Fannett 8-6 and will travel across town to take on the Bobcats Friday.

See you at the park!

District standings:

Dist. 20-4A

Nederland 7-1
LC-M 6-2
Livingston 5-3
PN-G 4-4
Vidor 4-4
Lumberton 3-5
Ozen 3-5
Central 0-8

Dist. 21 3A

Silsbee 4-2
Orangefield 4-2
Hamshire-Fannett 4-2
Bridge City 4-2
WO-S 2-4
Hardin-Jefferson 0-6

** Be sure and pick up the upcoming Wednesday edition of the County Record and Penny Record newspapers for game photos and much more.