The Orange Leader
The 2013 baseball season will go down as a very busy season and a very successful season for Orange County teams.
Three teams made it to the playoffs this year as Bridge City, Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Orangefield each punched postseason tickets.
The Bears had to fight it out in a very tough District 20-4A, which is normal for one of the toughest districts in the state.
LC-M finished with a 8-6 district mark which left the Bears and Vidor Pirates in a tie for fourth. The Pirates defeated the Bears 6-5 in the last district game and forced a play-in contest the following day, which LC-M won and moved on to the playoffs.
Barbers Hill eliminated LC-M in the bi-district round.
Bridge City’s annual run to the regional semifinals came up a round short this year as Huffman knocked out the Cardinals in the regional quarterfinals. This year’s game was a lot like last year’s contest between the two schools yet only Bridge City could not defeat Huffman in 2013.
Bridge City shared the District 21-3A title with Silsbee this year. The Tigers, who as of press time were one round away from Austin, defeated the Cardinals in a tiebreaker to have the No. 1 seed.
Orangefield, who finished third in District 21-3A this year, had a great run through the playoffs as the Bobcats also reached the regional quarterfinals.
The Bobcats were eliminated by the Silsbee Tigers in a three-game series. Orangefield defeated Silsbee 5-3 in Game 2 after losing Game 1, 5-1. Silsbee’s Tigers then won Game 3, 6-2.
Let us break down our superlatives for this year’s All Orange Leader Baseball Team.
Sophomore Chase Shugart is honored as our MVP of this year’s team and now hear this one out. Shugart blistered the baseball in the batter’s box this year batting
.354 which was a team high for regular starters and hitters. His 33 RBI were a team high and he also scored 34 times, tied for third with Hunter Uzzle and three behind Bryce Sampere and Keaton Langston who each had 37 runs scored. Shugart had a team-high 11 doubles.
Shugart also was dominant on the mound with a 2.36 ERA in 29.2 innings with 56 strikeouts and four saves on the year. He served mainly as Bridge City’s third pitcher yet several times came in with the bases loaded and on almost every occassion no runs scored. He gave up only 10 earned runs this year.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears’ slugger James Swan is our Offensive MVP. Sawn led the Bears in batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, triples, slugging percentage and runs scored. Swan batted .330 on the year with 33 hits, nine doubles, three homers and 30 RBI. It was a crowing year for a three year starter who has 113 hits, a .381 batting average, 22 doubles, nine homers and 96 RBI in his career under Coach Steve Griffith and Coach Wayne Stephenson.
Nick Portacci of Bridge City is our Defensive MVP. Defensive stats are always hard to come up with but Portacci did have a fielding percentage of .977 at first base with the Cardinals with 153 putouts and 19 assists. The Bridge City coaching staff all said Portacci was one of the best, if not the best, fielding first baseman they had ever coached.
Brandon Humphrey of LC-M is our Pitcher of the Year. This season saw Humphrey go up against the best teams the Bears face, especially in District 20-4A. Humphrey led the Bears with five wins, 69 strikeouts, a 1.34 ERA and strikeout/walk ratio. Humphrey worked 57.3 innings for the Bears this year.
Hayden Guidry of Bridge City has been named the Utility Player of the Year. Guidry was a force both at the plate and on the mound for the Cardinals. Guidry batted .306 with 23 RBI, 25 runs, one homer and four doubles.
He was also the No. 1 starter for Bridge City. His ERA was a little high at .352 but the most important part of his statistics were the fact he was 7-1 with one save and 122 strike outs. He averaged over 1.5 strike outs per inning pitched.
MVP: Chase Shugart, Bridge City
Offensive MVP: James Swan, LC-M
Defensive MVP: Nick Portacci, Bridge City
Pitcher of the Year: Brandon Humphrey, LC-M
Utility Player of the Year: Hayden Guidry, Bridge City
Bryce Sampere, Bridge City
Coby Roddy, LC-M
Braxton Smith, Orangefield
Keaton Langston, Bridge City
Preston Pittman, Bridge City
Hunter Uzzle, Bridge City
Jon Smith, Vidor
Ryan Gunstream, Orangefield
Ashton Hunter, Bridge City
Aidan Anderson, WO-S
Brennon Moore, LC-M
Grant Anderson, WO-S
Dylan Gruber, LC-M
Tryce Howard, Orangefield
Dalton Croft, Vidor
Blaine Huff, Bridge City
Kurt Haggard, Orangefield
Shea Richards, LC-M