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May 31, 2014

BC's Uzzle leads 2014 All-Leader Baseball Team

ORANGE — It was another outstanding season for Orange County baseball teams as two squads got to hang up district championship banners and another made the postseason for the first time in a few years.

As usual, the Bridge City Cardinals, led by Coach Chad Landry, roared to another District 21-3A title. The Cardinals (26-5) were almost flawless in 21-3A action, going 11-1 and advancing all the way to the 3A Region III quarterfinals.

The Vidor Pirates and Kyle Green surprised many by not only making the playoffs, but rolling to a first-place finish with Nederland in 20-4A action as the Pirates went 11-3 in loop play before falling in the bidistrict round of the postseason.

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs were the biggest surprise of the campaign. Many forecasted Coach Shea Landry’s young Mustang crew to finish last in 21-3A play. All the Mustangs accomplished was finishing a stout 21-6 and 8-4 in 21-3A to nab the third-place playoff berth.

Over at Little Cypress-Mauriceville, the Bears missed the playoffs for the first time in 13 years but Coach Steve Griffith’s squad was young as the lineup was full of sophomores and juniors. Watch out for the Bears next season as they drop down in district size as Coach Griff will look to add to his 500 career wins.

So without further ado, here is the 2014 All-Orange Leader Baseball Team. So many were deserving for top honors and what is even more special is the players that will be returning next season.

One thing for certain, Panola Junior College will be getting quite the gem when Bridge City catcher Hunter Uzzle arrives.

Our Most Valuable Player definitely earns the tag on and off the field with his leadership and care for his teammates and the proud program.

Not only did Uzzle catch every inning of every game for the Redbirds, he led them in almost every hitting category.

He paced the Cardinals in batting average (.400), hits (32), runs batted in (38), runs scored (42) and on-base percentage (.595).

Our Pitcher of the Year goes to Uzzle’s teammate Chase Shugart. Shugart was masterful on the hill. He tossed a no-hitter against Sweeny in the second round of the playoffs and had several double-digit strikeout performances. He finished with a 9-1 mark on the hill, added two saves and fanned 127 batters and finished with a 1.63 earned run average.

The Offensive MVP goes to WO-S junior catcher/pitcher Grant Anderson.

Anderson led the Mustangs at the plate as he hit .354. He had a team-high 27 RBI and had two home runs and six doubles. He also found time to go 7-2 on the mound.

Coach of the Year honors goes out to WO-S’ Landry. He had to sweat out a few victories in 21-3A play as the Mustangs captured several wins in dramatic fashion. The Mustangs always seem to have the knack of playing their best in tight moments and that’s a credit to the WO-S staff.

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