Photo: Bridge City’s Schuyler Thibodaux is among the 2018 All-Orange County MVP’s as ‘Defensive Player of the Year. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

 

MVP – Chad Dallas West Orange-Stark Mustangs

Perhaps no other player locally was asked to shoulder as much of the load for his team as Chad Dallas was this year. The 4 year starter for WOS and Panola signee carried his weight and then some for the young Mustangs. Dallas excelled on both the pitchers mound and at the plate as he led the Mustangs through a rebuilding year. As a true switch hitter Dallas ran through district at .410 clip while allowing only 4 earned runs on the mound.

Pitcher of the Year- Peyton Havard  Bridge City Cardinals

In a class of very talented local pitchers it would be easy to say that BC sophomore Peyton Havard sits head and shoulders above all. Havard was dominant for the Cardinals all year long as he recorded multiple shutouts and racked up strikeouts at an eye popping clip. Havard established himself as the ace of a deep and talented Cardinal staff and was a key factor in BC’s playoff run.

Offensive player of the Year – Logan Hamm  Bridge City Cardinals

One of the most dangerous hitters in the area resides in BC and that would be sophomore Logan Hamm. With a great combination of speed and power Hamm wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers, especially in district play when it counted most. Hamm’s batting average in district hovered around .500 while producing runs with both his bat and his speed.

Defensive Player of the Year – Schuyler Thibodaux  Bridge City Cardinals

Every good team is built on defense and for Bridge City that all starts behind plate with All State catcher Thibodaux. For 4 years BC has had the luxury of having one of the best catchers in the state handle their pitching staff and control the oppositions run game which Thibodaux did extremely well. The 2018 campaign saw Thibodaux continue his stellar play behind the plate as the anchor of the BC defense.

Newcomer of the Year – Anthony Bandiero   Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears

2018 saw a new face show up and make some great contributions to the LCM baseball program. Freshman Anthony Bandiero in his first year as a varsity player made his presence felt both on defense and at the plate. Bandiero was a consistent performer for the Bears and has a bright future ahead.

Coach of the Year     Chad Landry   Bridge City Cardinals

Consistency is the hallmark of a great program and Chad Landry has done exactly that since becoming the skipper at BC. Once again Landry captured a district title and made another good playoff run while balancing a team that seemed to be heavy on underclassmen. During the 2018 season Coach Landry eclipsed the 300 career win milestone and looks to improve on that mark next season.

Below is the rest of the players rounding out the 2018 All-Orange County Team

All-Orange County Pitchers:

Slade Green  Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears

Truman Franklin   Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears

Blake Bradley Orangefield Bobcats

Catcher: Kent Michael – Orangefield Bobcats

First Baseman: Caleb Dubois – Bridge City Cardinals

Second Baseman: Jordan Alexander Little Cypress Mauriceville Bears

Third Baseman: Mason Gonzales Orangefield Bobcats

Shortstop: John Beeson- Little Cypress-Maurceville Bears

Outfielders:

Chris Bilbo -Liitle Cypress-Mauriceville Bears

Johnny Armstrong- Orangefield Bobcats

Justyn Romer0- Bridge City Cardinals

DH/Utility: Michael Lee- Little Cypress Mauriceville Bears