A Weekend of Tournaments for High School Baseball
This week will find the teams going to tournaments at the Orangefield/West Orange-Stark Certa Bearden Baseball Tournament beginning Thursday in Orangefield. Bridge City will face Lumberton at 4 p.m. Bridge City has a 3-2-0 record, with Lumberton at 2-0-0. Orangefield and Lumberton will meet at 6:30 p.m. Little Cypress-Mauriceville will meet up with Lufkin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Brenham.
Orangefield will bring some heavy wood into the game against Lumberton, Austin Scales is hitting .471, Dustin Selman has a .467, and Eric Truncale bats an even .400. Along with the other hitters, the team average is .324.
Also on Thursday, at the WOS Mustang’s field, WOS will play Kirbyville at 1:30 p.m.
Kirbyville meets the ‘Stangs with a 0-5-0 record. Kirbyville has two heavy hitters with Ryan Montgomery hitting .600 and Randall Allday at .727. WO-S has Eric Guillory batting .571 and Jacob Finney bumping at .636.
LCM will take to the road to enter the Brenham Baseball Tournament. They will meet host team Brenham at 7:30 p.m. LCM will go into the game with a 4-0-0 record versus the Brenham Cubs record of 3-2-0. Friday, the Bears will face Santa Fe at 9:30 a.m. and Lamar at 2:30 p.m. The medal game with be on Saturday at a time to be announced.
Orange County high school baseball teams started their seasons with a series of scrimmage games earlier this month. Now they are getting into non-district competition.
In the LCM-Vidor tournament held at Don Gibbons Field, LCM proved to be the powerhouse. The Bears won the championship game over Silsbee 13-6. Three-run homeruns by Alex Blem and Ryan Carline were the big contributors to the title.
The Bears went 12-0 over the West Orange-Stark Mustangs, and 6-4 over the Bridge City Cardinals.
Orangefield left the county to enter the Lumberton Baseball Tournament.
Ryan Gunstream struck out eight Beaumont Central Jaguars while allowing only one hit. Dustin Selman and Austin Scales teamed up to give the Bobcats six hits and three RBIs to push the Bobcats to the 16-0 win.
In a match up with future District 21-3A rival Buna, the Bobcats won 8-1. Westin Crane only allowed three hits in the complete game. Luke Johnson and Austin Scales each went two for four at bat.
Saturday saw Orangefield’s Bobcats take down the Kirbyville Wildcats 9-3. The win was credited to Blake Permenter.
Permenter allowed three hits but fanned eight batters.
Jake Best brought two home with RBIs and Braxton Smith scored three times.
Smith pitched against the Lumberton Raiders and allowed two hits, with four walking. It was a good effort by Smith, but the ‘Cats lost 3-0.
Someone once said the most predictable thing about baseball is how unpredictable it is. With two months left in the season things may change and change fast.