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Basebal, softball playoffs all set

Four Orange County District 24-4A diamond teams will be diving into playoff waters this week.

One team certainly ahead of the game is District 24-4A softball champion Bridge City.

The Lady Cardinals (29-2), who stormed to the 24-4A title with a perfect 12-0 record, shut down the Cleveland Lady Indians 8-0 in 4A Region III bidistrict action last Friday night.

The Lady Cardinals now move on to face the Caldwell Lady Hornets (28-6) in the area round in a best-of-three series Friday and Saturday with all the games being played at Livingston’s Texas Slam.

Game One is Friday at 6:30 p.m. Game Two is Saturday at 2 p.m. with Game Three, if necessary, to follow 30 minutes after Game Two.

The Lady Cardinals defeated the Lady Hornets in three tough games in the same round last year.

The Lady Hornets hammered Houston Wheatley 20-0 in the bidistrict round.

The winner between Bridge City and Caldwell will face the winner between Liberty and Giddings in the regional quarterfinals.

Liberty downed Orangefield 9-2 in bidistrict while Giddings canned Houston Washington 16-0.

The District 24-4A baseball race definitely went down to the wire and Bridge City, West Orange-Stark and Little Cypress-Mauriceville all found their way into the postseason.

Bridge City and Silsbee tied for the 24-4A crown with identical 9-3 records. Instead of playing for the top seed going into the playoffs, the two schools decided to flip for seeding.

Silsbee won the toss and will go into the bidistrict playoffs as the No. 1 seed out of 24-4A while the Cardinals will be No. 2.

Bridge City will take on Liberty, the third-place team out of District 23-4A, in a best-of-three series. Game One is Friday at 7 p.m. at Liberty High School. Game Two is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bridge City High School, with Game Three, if necessary, to follow 30 minutes after Game Two.

WO-S will go into the postseason as the No. 3 seed after the Mustangs downed LC-M 7-6 Saturday for the third-place spot. WO-S went all the way to the Class 4A State Tournament last season after finishing third in district.

The Mustangs will take on Splendora on a one-game bidistrict affair Friday at 7 p.m. in Jasper. WO-S defeated Splendora in the bidistrict round last season on its way to the Class 4A StateTournament.

The Bears, meanwhile, were busy last Saturday as they had to defeat Hardin-Jefferson for the fourth-place spot. Mission accomplished as the Bears will go into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

LC-M will take on 23-4A champion Huffman in the bidistrict round. The Bears definitely got the best of the Falcons in the coin flips. The Bears will play host to the Falcons at 2 p.m. Saturday at Don Gibbens Field in just one game.

Vidor, the fourth-place team out of District 22-5A, will take on 21-5A champion Barbers Hill in a best-of-three series. Game One is Friday at 6 p.m. at Vidor High School. Game Two is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Barbers Hill High School with Game Three, if necessary, to follow 30 minutes after Game Two.