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