(Orange, Texas)

April 5, 2013

Cardinals survive again; down Bobcats, 4-2

Gabriel Pruett
The Orange Leader


Nobody can deny the Bridge City Cardinals are not winning in the prettiest fashion these days. Nobody can also deny the Cardinals though are winning.

Bridge City found new ways to win again on Friday in a 4-2 victory over the Orangefield Bobcats to move to 6-0 in the District 21-3A standings. Orangefield fell to 4-2 in the standings, a game behind second place Silsbee.

Bridge City scored three of its four runs in the bottom of the first and really seemed to have already found a way to knock around Orangefield starting pitcher Braxton Smith.

Smith struggled again in the second yet after that found his groove and kept the Cardinals at bay for most of the night. Smith struck out seven batters and only gave up three hits in six innings of work on 95 pitches.

His counterpart, Bridge City starer Hayden Guidry, also had a great night on the mound while striking out 10 batters. He gave up four walks and four hits.

“We definitely don't like to win pretty these days,” Bridge City Coach Chad Landry said. “The last couple of games we have a secret acronym but I can tell you it isn't pretty. We have come to realize who we are. We are not going to run rule teams but when things happen during a game we are prepared for them. We have seen a lot of situations this year and we are ready.”

Landry pointed to the fifth inning as an example when the Cardinals led off the inning with a Keaton Langston single. Langston stole second and took third on a wild pitch before two straight Cardinals outs. Langston scored the Cardinals fourth run of the night on an Orangefield error.

One thing that has become a constant for the Cardinals is the relief pitching of sophomore Chase Shugart.

Shugart has become comfortable in any situation and Friday he came in once again with the bases loaded and the Cardinals clinging to a 4-2 lead.

The sophomore was not phased and got a groundout to end the game.

“Chase is lights out,” Guidry said. “Orangefield didn't go away. They became more aggressive at the plate after the first couple of innings.”

Shugart said he looks forward to coming into games when most players would be a bit nervous.

“I do better when the game is on the line,” Shugart said. “I am comfortable knowing we have a lead and all I have to do is get a few outs. Orangefield is a scrappy team. These types of games have really brought us together as a team. We have learned this is not a one-person sport and we need our whole team to win the games.”

Bridge City scored its first run on a RBI double by Langston which scored Hunter Uzzle. Langston made it 2-0 on a wild pitch.

Guidry later plated Shugart on a sacrifice fly.

Orangefield notched its lone two runs of the night in the top of the fifth on a two-run error. Cody Angelle and Tryce Howard both scored.