The 2014 Baseball season in Orange County was filled with some outstanding performances by our local athletes and teams.  Bridge City continued a stellar playoff tradition by winning their 23rd district title and going 3 rounds deep in the state playoffs. Vidor claimed a share of the 20-4A title and West Orange Stark made their first playoff appearance since 2010. Little Cypress Mauriceville and Orangefield were left out of the playoffs this season and will look to change their fortunes as they both ushered in some talented underclassmen this year that will help in the near future.  Now that the season is over for all our local teams it’s time to honor our All County Team for 2014.

MVP-Hunter Uzzle / Bridge City (Sr)

Uzzle lead the Cardinals this year in nearly every offensive category including average (.400), hits (32), On Base Percentage (.595),  Runs scored (42), RBI’s (38) and a few others  as well as catching every inning of all 32 games this season.  His team leadership was unmistaken by anyone who watched a Cardinal game this year.  His contributions on offense, defense, and in the dugout were all contributing factors to Bridge City’s success.

Pitcher of the Year- Chase Shugart/ Bridge City (Jr)

Easily the most dominant arm in the area Chase Shugart helped propel the Bridge City Cardinals into the state playoffs this year with a stellar record of 9 wins, 1 loss, and 2 saves. Shugart mowed through the opposition with a 127 strikeouts while posting a 1.63 ERA. Shugart punctuated his fabulous year with a no hitter against Sweeny in the 2nd round of the playoffs along with a 16 strikeout performance against district runner up Silsbee.

Defensive MVP-Grant Anderson/ West Orange Stark (Jr)

Anderson did a marvelous job behind the plate for the Mustangs this season as he shut down the opposition on the base paths and helped pace West Orange to a 3rd place finish in 21-3A. Along with his catching duties Grant also shut down opponents bats as he compiled a 7-2 record on the mound while pitching for WOS. Anderson’s efforts from behind the plate to the pitcher’s mound exemplify the true meaning of a Defensive MVP.

Offensive MVP-Ashton Hunter/Bridge City (Sr)

Hunter absolutely came out of nowhere this season to be a huge  contributor to the Cardinals offense this year. Hunter, who tore his ACL and missed the entire football season, went after the baseball with a vengeance.  During district play he turned it up a notch to the tune of a .385 average, 14 runs scored, along with 10 RBI’s and a ridiculous On Base Percentage near .700. That pace continued on into the playoffs where Hunter thrived hitting in the clean up position.

Newcomer of the year-Jack Dallas/ West Orange Stark (Fr)

Not many times does a Freshman come in and make as much of an impact as the one Jack Dallas did this year for the Mustangs. Dallas did it all for WOS as he played third base, caught when Grant Anderson pitched, and then also took to the hill and pitched himself.  Dallas lead the Mustangs with a .357 batting average and also racked up 4 wins and 1 save as a pitcher. Look for a bright future and more to come from this talented youngster.

Coach of the year… Shae Landry/ WOS and Chad Landry/BC

Shae Landry took a team that many overlooked and predicted to be near the bottom of district 21-3A and turned them into a playoff caliber squad. Making their first playoff appearance since 2010 Landry has done an amazing job reviving the life back into a once powerful baseball school.

Chad Landry took his team of “no names” and quietly strung together 26 wins and a state ranking as high as number 2. After losing some big names to graduation last year Landry never panicked, he just went back to the drawing board and created another District Champion and also notched his 200th career win in the process

2014 All County Team

MVP- Hunter Uzzle (BC)

Pitcher of the year- Chase Shugart (BC)

Defensive MVP- Grant Anderson (WOS)

Offensive MVP- Ashton Hunter (BC)

Newcomer of the year- Jack Dallas (WOS)

Coach of the year- Shae Landry (WOS) and Chad Landry (BC)

Pitcher- Eric Foshee (Vidor)

Pitcher- Coby Roddy (LCM)

Pitcher-Bryson Macfarland(BC)

Pitcher- Aidan Anderson (WOS)

Catcher- Antonio Hernandez (Vidor)

1B-Mitchell Lee (LCM)

2B-Jonah Watts (BC)

SS-Dalton Croft (Vidor)

3B-Kyle Bergeron (BC)

OF-Keaton Langston (BC)

OF-Drake Trawhon (LCM)

OF-Grant Lapoint-Teate (WOS)

DH-Mack Patterson (OF)

Utility-Tryce Howard (OF)