Cards topple Cats to take 22-4A title outright

Published 9:31 pm Tuesday, April 24, 2018

By Caleb Adams

Leader Correspondent

BRIDGE CITY- The Bridge City Cardinals secured yet another District Baseball Championship and did it with a big win on Senior Night as they toppled the Orangefield Bobcats 2-0 in District 22-4A action at Cardinal Field Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (21-7-1) wrapped up 22-4A play with a stellar 9-1 record and some momentum heading into the playoffs. The Bobcats (17-6-1, 6-4) will be heading to the postseason as well as both squads will dive into Class 4A Region III bidistrict playoff action next week.

The Cardinals’ pitching staff help the Bobcats scoreless even while giving up hits. Caleb Dubois with the start, went three innings, picking up four strikeouts, allowing four walks and no runs on six hits and 39 pitches thrown.

Jacob Goodman relieved him, and came in throwing lights out. Goodman went four innings, striking out six, allowing one walk and one hit on 49 pitches.

Orangefield’s pitching was solid in the game as well with Mason Gonzalez getting the start. He went three innings and tossed 71 pitches, striking out five, walking three and allowed two runs given up.

Johnny Armstrong came in relief in the fourth with five walks, no strikeouts, allowing three hits and no runs given up on 47 pitches.

The game started much like the last, which was a 1-0 Bridge City victory at Orangefield last Friday, with no runs scoring, but unlike the first game both teams were grabbing hits. They just had trouble driving them in once they got on. Both the Bobcats and the Cardinals had bases loaded in the first few innings, but were unable to bring home even one run.

Bridge City found the first run of the game thanks to a bunt. Ryan Ellis, who pinch ran for Schuyler Thibodaux, scored on a bunt by Justyn Romero, after an error on a throw to third .Gavin Green would knock in Romero from third on a hard single to the right side.

Goodman would come in relief of Dubois and shut down the hopes for the Bobcats from the fourth inning on, using the hard fastball and harsh curveball to keep batters off balance.

The Bobcats finished with seven hits while the Cardinals had seven.