2018 All-Leader Baseball Team; BC’s Havard nets MVP

Published 8:58 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What another tremendous baseball season it was for local high school baseball teams.

The Bridge City Cardinals, Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears and Orangefield Bobcats all zipped their way to the playoffs.

The Cardinals (25-9-1) once again found themselves at the top of the District 22-4A standings as they claimed yet another district crown in one of the toughest districts in the state.

Bridge City zipped to a 9-1 mark in 22-4A for long-time coach Chad Landry, who nabbed his 300th career win during the district season. The Cardinals were a strong mix of solid senior leadership to go along with some very talented underclassmen as they zipped their way all the way to the Class 4A Region III quarterfinals.

Over at LC-M, long-time Bear coach Steve Griffith saw his team reach out, playing hard and put together a season to remember by putting up 31 wins (31-7), which no one ever dreamed of when the campaign started. Most folks had the Bears, who had only won 12 games in 2017, to finish fifth or sixth in 22-4A played. Well, the boys in green and gold certainly fooled the skeptics with their deep pitching staff and array of good hitters to go 8-2 in 22-4A to capture second-place and advanced to the area round of the postseason.

Over at Orangefield, the Bobcats got off to a fast start for coach Tim Erickson and it carried over into 22-4A play where the Bobcats finished a solid third with a 6-4 mark with a heavy-hitting team. The Bobcats fought hard in the bidistrict round before dropping a pair of tough 1-0 games to a stout Lufkin Hudson unit.

West Orange-Stark went through a youth movement this season plus lost their head coach in Craig Jones right before the season kicked of. The Mustangs competed hard for coach Ryan Pickering, who had to step in at the last moment and did a solid job.

Many of the teams have a stealth of returning standouts coming back next season, especially the Cardinals, so it should be quite a run again for area teams.

It was a tremendous 2018 season to cover. Thanks goes out to Caleb Adams for his help throughout not only the baseball and softball seasons but throughout the entire school year, which was one to remember as so many of us were out of our homes, dealing with the aftermath of Harvey.

So without further ado, here is the 2018 All-Orange Leader Baseball Team:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Peyton Havard, Bridge City

OFFENSIVE MVP: Caleb DuBois, Bridge City

DEFENSIVE MVP: Schuyler Thibodaux, Bridge City

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Anthony Bandiero, LC-M

COACH OF THE YEAR: Chad Landry, Bridge City


Logan Hamm, Bridge City

Truman Franklin, LC-M

Blake Bradley, Orangefield

Michael Lee, LC-M

Justyn Romero, Bridge City

Johnny Armstrong, Orangefield

Chad Dallas, WO-S

Jordan Alexander, LC-M

Slade Green, LC-M


Mason Gonzales, Orangefield

Kaleb Ramsey, WO-S

Blake Robinson, WO-S

Kent Michael, Orangefield

Gavin Green, Bridge City

Chris Bilbo, LC-M

Cameron Yadon, Bridge City

John Beeson, LC-M

Taylor Gilbert, LC-M