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March 11, 2014

Cardinals fend off Buna rally

BRIDGE CITY — After getting all they could handle from Buna, the Bridge City Cardinals were able to take down the Cougars 4-3 in the District 21-3A opener for both squads at Cardinal Field Tuesday night.

Bridge City (10-2-2, 1-0) was motoring along with a 4-0 lead going into the sixth inning before the Cougars (10-2, 0-1) rallied for three runs to make things tight down the stretch.

Hits were hard to come by for both teams.

However, Bridge City junior Chase Shugart had the final answer. Shugart survived the sixth inning in which Buna roped two doubles and drew three walks.

Shugart allowed just four hits while he fanned 12 Cougars and walked three.

Buna starter JM Kelly allowed just two BC hits through six innings but the Cardinals took advantage of some early walks and Kelly hit a pair of BC batters in the early going to give BC a jumpstart.

Joe Clark tossed a hitless seventh inning for the Cougars.

The Cardinals struck for two runs in the bottom of the first.

Hunter Uzzle reached after getting hit by a pitch and with two outs, Kyle Bergeron got drilled by a pitch.

Sage Elmore made the Cougars pay when he belted a two-run double to rightfield.

BC tacked on a run in the bottom of the second.

Ashton Hunter drew a walk, went to second on a superb bunt by Blake Pruett and dashed to third on a Blaine McElduff groundout and scored after a Keaton Langston RBI single.

The Cardinals added a run in the bottom half of the fifth.

Uzzle drew a walk and promptly swiped second. He went to third on a deep flyball out to centerfield by Shugart and scored off a sacrifice fly by Bergeron.

The Cougars retaliated with a big top of the sixth by roping two doubles and taking advantage of three walks.

Jonah Jackson had a leadoff walk, went to second on a wild pitch and scored when Kreston Richardson rocked a RBI double to leftfield.

Richardson was able to cut it to 4-2 when he scored off an error on a Joe Clark groundout.

After Kelly drew a walk, he was able to score off a Ty Cleveland RBI double. Shugart got out of the jam by fanning Perry Smith.

Shugart came out relaxed in the top of the seventh. He mowed down both Raydon Smith and Jackson and got Richardson to ground out for the final out.

The Cardinals return to 21-3A play next Tuesday when they head to Silsbee for a showdown with the Tigers.

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