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March 29, 2014

Shugart's blasts lift Cards past WO-S

BRIDGE CITY — Bridge City’s Chase Shugart started off Saturday just like he did at the plate on Friday night against West Orange-Stark.

The junior belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to help the Cardinals to a 8-0 victory over the Mustangs at Cardinal Field ad Bridge City now stands alone in first-place in the District 21-3A standings, one game ahead of WO-S now.

The game was suspended after four innings of play Friday night due to inclement weather.

Bryson McFarland started for the Cardinals (15-2-2, 5-0)  on the mound in the top of the fifth. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing no hits while striking out one and walking two. Jonah Watts pitched the final 2/3 innings, allowing two hits while walking one.

Jack Dallas pitched two innings for the Mustangs (16-2, 4-1), allowing just one hit, which was Shugart’s homer. He struck out two and walked five.

Hunter Uzzle drew a leadoff walk from Dallas in the fifth and Shugart followed with a line drive two-run blast that cleared the left-centerfield fence.

Kyle Bergeron drew a walk while Sage Elmore was hit by a pitch and Watts walked to load the bases. Ashton Hunter drew a bases-loaded walk RBI to make it 5-0. Trevor Gunn hit a grounder to first that was misfielded that led to another run and a McFarland groundout plated another Cardinal run for a 7-0 lead.

The Cardinals added a run in the bottom of the sixth. Bergeron reached on an error and went all the way to second on the play and moved to third on a Bryce Carey groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

The Mustangs got two-out hits from both Tanner Hogan and Grant LaPoint-Teate in the top of the seventh but they were left stranded.

The Cardinals struck for two runs in the bottom of the first off Mustang starter Aidan Anderson on Friday.

Uzzle was hit by a pitch and Shugart provided the power, stroking a two-run home run blast. Bergeron stroked a double but was left on the basepaths.

The Mustangs left the bases loaded in the top of the second.

With one out, Cameron Williams was hit by a Shugart pitch. With two outs, Jacob Hryhorchuk and Dallas drew back-to-back walks but Shugart, who had three strikeouts in the inning, got out of a possible jam by striking out Hogan.

Blaine Huff had a single for the Cardinals in the second inning. Aidan Anderson had a single to right for the Mustangs in the top of the third.

Shugart had allowed just one hit while striking out five and walking three. Anderson allowed three hits while also striking out five while walking three.

The Cardinals return to action Monday at 4:30 p.m. when they visit Orangefield while the Mustangs will go back home to face Silsbee at 4:30 p.m.

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