Cardinals scoot past Huntington in Game One

Published 11:05 pm Wednesday, May 2, 2018

JASPER – Using a big five-run fifth inning, the Bridge City Cardinals stormed past the Huntington Red Devils 8-2 in Game One of their Class 4A Region III bidistrict playoff game Wednesday night at Jasper High School.

The Cardinals (22-7-1), strung together three hits and utilized two Huntington (13-19) errors in their big top of the fifth.

Jacob Goodman went 5 1/3 strong innings for the Cardinals, allowing three hits while fanning four. Justyn Romero tossed 1 2/3 innings of solid relief, striking out five and walking one.

Game Two of the series will be at Jasper High School Friday at 4:30 p.m. with Game Three to follow if necessary.

The Cardinals were able to get to Red Devil starter Sawyer Thornhill in the fifth. Thornhill had allowed just two hits in the first four innings.

Thornhill went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits while fanning four and walking two. Mario Martinez and William Wagner went the final 2 2/3 for the Red Devils. The Cardinals finished with seven hits.

Cameron Yadon got the big fifth started for the Cardinals with a leadoff walk and swiped second. Logan Hamm plated Yadon with a deep double to right that hit the top of the wall.

With one out, Caleb DuBois, who had a pair of hits, singled to center. Schuyler Thibodaux, who also had two hits, then planted a Thornhill offering with a RBI double down the rightfield line.

Romero reached on an error as two more runs scored to make it 4-0. Jackson Tims was able to put a nice bunt down and Romero was able to scoot in after an errant throw to the plate.

The Red Devils trimmed it to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Tre Anderson roped a double to left to score Hayden Flynt, who reached after being hit by a pitch.

Anderson cut it to 5-2 when he scored off a Andrew Faulk single to left.

The Cardinals added three more runs in the top of the sixth. One on a double steal and two more on a Thibodaux two-run single to left.

DuBois was stranded in the first inning after a two-out double to right while Yadon had a single to center in the third.