(Orange, Texas)

April 27, 2013

Bears reach playoffs for 11th year in row; Cards fall to second seed

Gabriel Pruett
The Orange Leader


It was a different kind of day for two different Orange County baseball teams on Saturday.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville's Bears put Friday's loss to Vidor behind them and took down the same Pirates 10-0 in five innings Saturday to grab the last playoff spot in District 20-4A. It is the 11th straight season the Bears have reached the playoffs.

The Bears got a home run from Brandon Humphrey in Saturday's win. The Pirates beat the Bears 6-5 on Friday in 10 innings to force the winner-take-all scenario but did not have any magic left in the tank. Coby Roddy threw a two-hit shutout and struck out five batters against the Pirates on Saturday.

Now the Bears move on to face a team which has only lost twice all season, the Barbers Hill Eagles.

The two teams will meet in the bi-district round starting Friday at Barbers Hill High School. The time for Game 1 has not been decided. Game 2 will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at LC-M High School with Game 3 to follow 30 minutes after Game 2, if necessary.

Bridge City fell 14-7 Saturday to the Silsbee Tigers which now means the Cardinals will be the No. 2 seed out of District 21-3A. The Cardinals and Tigers split the season series in the district standings which means both teams can call themselves district champions.

The Cardinals got three RBI from Hunter Uzzle on Saturday as the junior blasted a three-run home run. 

Silsbee got another stellar performance from Tyler Powell on the mound as the junior came in relief to pitch. 

Cardinal pitchers walked eight batters and gave up 14 hits. Bridge City also had three errors in the game.

Bridge City will take on Shepard and details of the series could be available on Monday.

No details were known as of late Saturday of the series between Orangefield and Tarkington.