LCM’s Battlin’ Bears had a tough time at the Brenham

tournament. Being so far away from home and their strong fan base probably did

not help things as the Bears ended up coming back to their den only winning one

out of five games.. Their opening game to the host Brenham Cubs found them

losing by a score of 4-2.

Later Thursday the Lufkin Panthers downed the Bears

8-5. Against Lufkin, Brandon Humphrey hit a two run double, Ryan Carline had an

RBI double and Reid Fults hit another RBI.

Friday found the Bears still winless. Santa Fe

outscored LCM when they scored one run in the second inning, six runs in the

fifth and five in the sixth. The Bears scored three runs in the third inning

and one run in the fifth. Santa Fe had 11 hits in the game as opposed to the

Bears only bumping the ball six times. Final score 12-4, Santa Fe. Reid Fultz

and Jacob Garza each had an RBI with Zack Drouillard hitting a home run.

Houston Lamar gave the Bears the fourth loss of the

tournament when they beat them 10-0. The Bears only earned one hit in this


Saturday things turned to the Bears favor when they

beat Bryan Rudder with a close 12-11 victory.

Thursday the area teams fared better in the local

tournament. At the field at 1:30, West Orange-Stark the Bridge City Cardinal

took on the Kelly Bulldogs. When the feathers and fur quit flying, the Cards

had won with a close 5-4 score. Hunter Uzzle drove one over the fence, hit one

double and stole two bases. Preston Pittman was the winning pitcher. Pittman

struck out four and only allowed one run. Pittman also got two hits. Chase

Shugart came in for the save. In two innings he struck out two, only allowed

one hit and gave up no runs. Mitchell Hubbard played fast and hard, stealing

two bases.

The host Mustangs faced the Central Jaguars and put

hoofbeats on their hide. The ‘Stangs scored in the first three innings, skipped

the fourth and came back in the fifth and sixth innings to score eight runs

against the Jags only score of two runs in the second inning. The Mustangs took

the win 8-2. Grant Anderson and Chase Rutledge both went 1-2 at bat. Henry

forward was 1-1. KeiJavion Cooper was the winning pitcher.

WOS went back on the field for the 6:30 game against

the Port Arthur Memorial Titans. In spite of hits by Erick Guillory, Jacob

Finney, Daniel Woodson, and Henry Forward, the Titans took the game 5-1.

Pitcher Jacob Finney took the loss.

Across the Bayou in Orangefield, the tourney host

team, Orangefield played the Kirbyville Wildcats into the ground, winning with

a score of 10-0. Ryan Gunstream was the winning pitcher, In five innings

Gunstream only allowed one hit and struck out 12 batters. Braxton Smith went

2-3 at bat, hitting 3 RBIs, and scored three runs. Luke Johnson went 2-2 with his

bat and hit one RBI. Smith, Austin Scales, and Justin Bradley each scored two

runs. Eric Truncale and Johnson scored one run apiece. Dustin Selman, Corey

Angelle, Jake Best, and Justin Bradley each got one hit. The Bobcats scored

four runs in the first inning, and three in the second and third innings.

The Saturday games saw the Bobcats win over the

Memorial Titans by 7-5. Blake Permenter pitched six innings and allowed five

runs and three hits. Luke Johnson pitched one inning, allowed one hit and no

runs. Johnson got credit for the win. Best, at the plate hit 3-4, Scales going

2-4. Best also earned four RBIs, bringing in two in one at bat.

Orangefield took their only loss of the tournament

when they lost to the Buna Cougars 5-4 Saturday. Smith and Gunstream went 1-2

with their bats and Best and Johnson were 1-3. Braxton Smith took the losing

pitcher position.

Saturday Bridge City won over the Titans 12-9 and

tied Buna 4-4. The WOS Mustangs took a loss to the Kelly Bulldogs 10-4.

Monday night saw the Cardinals riding to Splendors

for an away game. The Wildcats dropped the ball by a score of 14-0.

The Bears battled the Orangefield Bobcats. The game

ended up with the Bears giving the ‘Cats a loss when the Bears scored 12 to the

Cats 0.

Also Monday the Vidor Pirates outscored the WOS

Mustangs 9-3.

This weekend will see the Cardinals going to the

LaGrange Tournament at LaGrange,

LCM will go to the New Caney Tournament at Porter.

They are scheduled to meet Caney Creek, Porter, Westbrook and Crosby.

The Bobcats will

enter the Jasper Tournament at Jasper. WOS is scheduled in the Kirbyville Tournament. It will be another busy three days for the Orange County teams.