Another banner softball season for Orange County wrapped up last week in a year that saw two district championships and four teams advancing to the playoffs.
Once again, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears put together another splendid season under the guidance of Dena Adkins.
The Lady Bears (32-7) cruised to the District 20-4A title with a near flawless 13-1 mark and advanced four rounds deep into the playoffs, sweeping Dayton, Huntsville, and Nederland before falling to a hard-nosed Ridge Point squad in the 4A Region III semifinals last weekend.
The Miami Heat have their “Big Three” in LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and so did the Lady Bears, especially the last three years, in the forms of Raven Cole, Kassie James and Kayleigh Roy. Those three seniors played in 11 playoff series the last three years and will certainly be missed.
The Bridge City Lady Cardinals have to realize that their future is bright as they twirped their way to an 11-1 record to capture the District 21-3A crown and advanced to the 3A area round, led by the likes of senior Annie Borg, who will definitely be missed.
Sparked by players like pitcher Kellyn Cormier, along with Kaleigh Carter and Kelsey Fults, the Lady Cardinals could make a deeper run next season.
The Vidor Lady Pirates, perhaps the team that gave the Lady Bears “fits” more than any other, played strong late, storming two a second-place three-way tie with Nederland and Port Neches-Groves to advance to the playoffs, led by the tough pitching of Gia Johns and hard-nosed play by Shanice Hagler and Keeli Milligan.
The Orangefield Lady Bobcats had a strong campaign as well, led by plenty of youngsters like pitcher Khandi Breaux along with the heavy bats of Haleigh Turley, Kaylie Evans and Kylie Bradley as they earned the third-place playoff berth out of 21-3A.