Joey Encalade

Only one Orange County baseball team remains to advance to the Region III quarterfinals, the third round of the playoffs. The Bridge City Cardinals came back to win two games against Smithville when their backs were against the wall after they suffered a loss in Game One. Their series win set up a showdown with the Giddings Buffaloes.

Bridge City will take on Giddings, the Dist. 23-3A winner with a record of 8-2 in district, and 24-6 overall. The Buffaloes swept Coldspring in the area round. All games are scheduled to take place at Woodland’s College Park. Game One will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Game Two is Friday at 7:30 p.m., and if needed, Game Three is Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner of this series will face the winner of the China Spring/Robinson series.

Bridge City jumped out with four runs in the first inning against Smithville, but were only able to score one more in the sixth inning for a 7-5 loss in Game One on Thursday. Smithville scored one in the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth innings, and they mustered two in the eighth. Jacob Lemoine and Hayden Guidry handled the pitching for the Redbirds. Lemoine gave up seven hits, walked two, hit two batters, and struck out seven in his five innings of work. Guidry pitched the last three innings giving up two hits, walking five, and striking out five. The Cardinals had six hits in the game, led by Zach Smith with two of the six, a double and a single. Bryce Sampere had a double and Cameron Dishon, Forrest Zoch, and Guidry each had a single.

The Cardinals forced Game Three by winning Game Two 5-3. The big hit of the game came in the fifth inning, a two run long ball hit by Mitchel Hubbard. The Cardinals scored one run in the third, three in the fifth, and one in the seventh. They scored their runs on eight hits, led again by Smith who had three singles. Matt Menard had two hits, a single and a double. Dishon and Zoch each added a single in the contest. Smithville scored two runs in the first and one in the fifth. Zoch took care of the pitching, giving up six hits, walking four, and striking out eight.

They secured their way into the regional quarterfinal with a Game Three victory of 10-2. Guidry stepped up for the Cardinals on mound by only giving up five hits, to go along with five strikeouts in a complete game outing. The Cardinals had eleven hits in the game, led by Dylan Mulhollan who had a perfect night at the plate. Mulhollan went three for three, with a homerun and two singles. He was also was hit by a pitch. Dishon and Menard had two hits each, all being singles. Hubbard had a double and Sampere, Preston Pitman, and Brandon Simoneaux each had a single.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears took Game One against Montgomery 10-8. Ryan Carline hit a two run triple in the thirteenth inning for the game winning hit.

Game Two was a pitching duel, as well as a nice defensive game by both teams. Kody Smith pitched six and one-third innings for the Bears, giving up nine hits, walking one, and striking out two. Hunter Gonzalez came in to finish the seventh inning. Montgomery forced Game Three with a 3-1 victory. LC-M scrapped for seven hits, with Ryan Waddell having two of them, both being a singles. Gonzalez had a double and Scott Vaughn, James Swan, Zach Drouillard, and Ryan Carline each had a double.

Montgomery ended a great season for the Bears with a Game Three victory, 10-6. LC-M jumped out to a 5-0 led in the first inning, taking advantage of Montgomery’s early pitching problems and errors. LC-M’s last run came from a Drouillard solo homerun in the seventh inning. Montgomery chipped away with one run in the second inning. In the fourth inning LC-M had their problems with errors and pitching, allowing Montgomery to score seven runs. Montgomery scored their ninth run in the fifth inning and tenth run in the sixth inning.

Congratulations to Coach Steve Griffith and the LC-M Bears for a nice run this year. They finished their season with a record of 22-12.

See you at the Park!


The Bridge City Cardinals will take on the Giiddings Buffaloes in the

Region III quarterfinal three game series this Wednesday, May 18, and

Friday, May 20 at College Park High School in the Woodlands. Game One

and Game Two will begin at 7:30 p.m. Game Three, if needed will be at 1

p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

Giddings Buffaloes

Wed. May 18th & Friday May 20th
Saturday May 21

Wednesday & Friday 7:30
Saturday 1:00 pm

College Park High School
3701 College Park Dr., The Woodlands 77384

$5 for Adults $3 for Students/Child