The Orange Leader
JASPER — If Bridge City fans remember anything about last year's playoff run it could be the fact Hayden Guidry showed signs of what was to come in 2013.
Guidry was lights out for the Cardinals on Friday as he struck out 14 batters and was the key factor in Bridge City's 4-1 win over the Shepherd Pirates in the bi-district round of the 3A playoffs.
Guidry had several moments as a junior in 2012 that showed why ULL signed him before this year, especially coming in against Huffman and not allowing a hit and bringing the Cardinals off the brink of elimination.
Bridge City's senior ace did not allow a baserunner until there was one out in the fourth inning. Guidry allowed just three hits, did not walk a batter and upped his season strike out total to 105.
Shepherd's offense started out by the first seven batters all being strike out victims by Guidry.
While Guidry was doing his part it seemed for several innings the Cardinals offense would be held at bay with runners on the bases.
Bridge City left runners on second and third in the first inning and then left a runner on third in the second inning.
Hunter Uzzle finally got the Cardinals on the board in the top of third inning after he led the inning off being hit by a pitch.
Uzzle then stole second and took third on a throwing error. The Cardinals didn't need a hit to score the game's first run as Uzzle came home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 Bridge City.
Bryce Sampere was also hit by a pitch in the third and stole second which made the Cardinals 5-for-5 in the stolen base category.
The steal number would keep going up until the top of the seventh when Chase Shugart was caught steal and the Cardinals fell to 8-for-9 on stolen bases in the game.
Bridge City grabbed two more runs in the top of the fifth as Keaton Langston led the inning off with a double to left field. Langston then took third on a wild pitch.
Sampere picked up a RBI with a single to left field to score Langston and give Bridge City a 2-0 lead.
Sampere quickly stole second and took third on a throwing error. Shugart did his job and scored Sampere on a RBI ground out to make it 3-0 Cardinals.
Shepherd had their most productive inning of the game in the top of the fifth inning.
Tyler Schlittenhardt was the first base runner of the night for the Pirates as he hit a one out single to center field. Schlittenhardt stole second and eventually came in to score on a Bridge City error when Cody Crowder collected Shepherd's second hit in a row.
Guidry ended any thought of the rally by picking up strike outs No. 9 and 10 to end the inning.
The last run of the night came off the bat of a guy who had two of the best defensive plays of the game, one which he dove over the rail in foul territory past first base.
Nick Portacci smacked a homer to left field in the top of the sixth inning to give the Cardinals the final 4-1 score.
Guidry ended the game with three straight strike outs.
Bridge City's march into the playoffs has no room for error next week as the Cardinals will once again face the Class 3A No. 1 team. This year it will be Sweeny's turn to meet Bridge City.
Last year the Cardinals were eliminated by the No. 1 Robinson Rockets.