The Orange Leader
LITTLE CYPRESS —
Jace Robertson put an exclamation point on perhaps Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s best hitting game of the season when he cranked out a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to finish off the Bears’ 14-2 triumph over the Livingston Lions Saturday afternoon at Don Gibbens Field.
More importantly, the Bears improved to 5-3 in District 20-4A play to start the second half of district play.
The Bears helped themselves out with a dramatic 2-1 win over Vidor Friday night, but on Saturday, they left little doubt as they put together 13 hits, including three home runs, to turn back the Lions (3-5 in 20-4A play).
Coby Roddy had a three-run home run in the fourth inning and Brennon Moore had a two-run blast in the fifth to spark the offense.
The Bears snagged a run in the bottom of the first when Dylan Gruber, who was 2-for-2, singled up the middle and scored off a Brandon Humphrey RBI single to right.
LC-M tacked on two more runs off Livingston starter Josh Snook in the second.
Robertson, who was 2-for-4, had a leadoff single to right and went to second off a sacrifice bunt by Moore. Ty Smith drew a walk and Roddy, who was 2-for-3, singled to right to load the bases. Shea Richards, who was 2-for-4, plated Robertson with a single to left and Gruber drew a bases-loaded walk to score Smith.
The Bears expanded their cushion to 7-0 in the fourth with a four-run frame.
Moore, who was 2-for-3, roped a slicing single to right. Smith reached on a bunt single and Roddy took a Snook offering over the leftfield fence for a three-run blast.
The Bears were not through. Gruber had a single to right and James Swan reached on a fielder’s choice and Gruber eventually scored on a double steal.
LC-M tacked on two runs in the fifth to grab a 9-0 edge.
Jacob Martin had a leadoff single to left and Moore cranked a pitch from Lions’ reliever Chris Boothe over the left-centerfield wall.
Livingston scored two runs in the top of the sixth after back-to-back singles by Tyler LeBlanc and Zane Lewis. Both wound up scoring off a error and a fielder’s choice.
The Bears ended it with a big bottom of the sixth.
Richards had a leadoff double off the wall in left. Julian Edwards and Landon Procella drew walks and courtesy runner Bryce Rambo scored after a bases-loaded walk to Martin. Robertson then finished it off when he left no doubt with a towering grand slam deep over the rightfield wall.
Swan got the win on the LC-M hill. He worked four innings, allowing four hits while striking out six and walking two. Christian Wendt tossed one inning, allowing a hit while fanning one. Richards worked one frame, allowing two hits while fanning one.
Snook went three innings for the Lions, allowing eight hits. He struck out three and walked two. Boothe went 2 1/3 innings, allowing five hits while striking out two and walking two.
The Bears will look to move up in the standing more when they travel to Port Neches-Groves Tuesday.