2012 All Orange County Baseball Team
As is the case most years in Orange County there was some great baseball played all season by each of the schools in our county. The talent level across the board continues to climb and this year’s crop of players certainly lived up to the high standards that the local fans are accustomed to. There were some excellent playoff runs by both Bridge City and Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Orangefield also made a post season appearance as well. The young Mustangs from West Orange-Stark proved many doubters wrong as they nearly figured out a way to reach the playoffs also. Not to be outdone by their county neighbors the Vidor Pirates also completed a solid season in the very competitive 20-4A district. In recognition to all those players and their efforts here is our 2012 All County Team.
MVP-Jacob Lemoine (Bridge City)
Coming into his senior season the big right hander was under enormous pressure to be the ace of the Cardinal staff and Lemoine certainly answered that challenge and then some. Stepping into the role as the #1 starter for a team who many picked to contend for a state title Lemoine dominated the opponents and dazzled the major league scouts that were present each time he pitched. Lemoine compiled an 8-1 record this season with his only loss coming in the region semi finals against Waco Robinson. Lemoine finished his senior season with a 1.61 ERA while piling up 105 strikeouts in 69 innings and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the amateur draft. Lemoine will take the next step in his baseball career at the University of Houston next season.
Offensive MVP Jacoy Finney (WOS)
Easily one of the biggest contributing factors in the surprising Mustang season was the offensive output from Senior Jacoy Finney. In a lineup that offered a hitter like Finney little protection the senior utility player still managed to put up some very impressive numbers. Finney hit .417 for the Mustangs without the luxury of another hitter in the lineup with an average over .225. To say that Finney carried the team offensively would be a monumental understatement. Along with the .417 average Jacoy belted 5 home runs and amassed a ridiculous 1.340 OPS as well. A terrific year for any player.
Defensive MVP Cameron Dishon (BC)
No line or quote sums up Cameron Dishon’s outfield ability like the old saying “2/3 of the earth is covered by water and the other 1/3 is covered by Cameron”. The BC senior and future Ole Miss outfielder continued his stellar play again this year by patrolling the gaps in the outfield for the Cardinals and keeping the extra base hits to a minimum with his arm. Several doubles this year by other teams turned into outs as the speedy centerfielder made it look routine on an almost nightly basis. Dishon had a handful of “highlight worthy” catches this year as he anchored the outfield Cardinals. As a testament to his arm few runners tried to take extra bases and that was a key factor on more than one occasion for BC this past year.
Newcomer of the Year Hunter Uzzle (BC)
At the beginning of the year the Sophomore Uzzle was handed the most unenviable task of trying to replace Senior catcher Matt Menard as he recovered from injury and he certainly made the most of it by handling the Cardinal pitching staff like a veteran. Uzzle stayed in the lineup as the Cardinals designated hitter and batted leadoff for the majority the year where he hit .381 in district play as a switch hitter. Uzzle led or tied for the team lead in On Base Percentage, Walks, Hit by pitch, Home runs, triples, and also scored 34 runs. The sophomore DH was instrumental in setting the table for Cardinal sluggers like Mitchell Hubbard and Bryce Sampere to drive in runs. One of Hunter Uzzle’s highlight from this year came against Silsbee where he hit home runs in consecutive games. The first one from the right side of the plate at BC and then one from the left side in the following game at Silsbee which happened to come right behind a home run from Chase Shugart as they went back to back. With 2 more years of Cardinal baseball in front of Uzzle the future is certainly bright.
This years All County Team is tremendously talented and each player named to the squad should be proud to be a part of such team. There are some new faces that will certainly be in the mix for years to come and there are others who have been a part of this team for several years who are no doubt making their last appearance. To all the members of the All County Team congratulations on a great season.
Coach of the year – Chad Landry BC
Catcher – Matt Menard BC
1st base – Alex Blem LCM
2nd base – Bryce Sampere BC
SS – Zach Smith BC
3rd base – James Swan LCM
Outfield – Mitchell Hubbard BC
Outfield – Ryan Carline LCM
Outfield – Jacob Brown OF
DH – Jake Garza
Pitcher – Hayden Guidry BC
Pitcher – Aidan Anderson WOS
Pitcher – Reid Fults LCM
Catcher – Colby Sciarilla Vidor
1st base – Cameron Coulter BC
2nd base – Casey Burleigh LCM
SS – Shea Richards LCM
3rd base – Luke Johnson OF
Outfield – Zach Droulliard LCM
Outfield – John Smith Vidor
Outfield – Keaton Langston BC
Pitcher – Dillon Young LCM
Pitcher – Brandon Humphrey LCM
Pitcher – Ryan Gunstream OF