Cards outlast H-J in two-day 22-4A battle

Published 8:57 am Monday, March 18, 2019

By Caleb Adams

Leader Correspondent


BRIDGE CITY — After three lighting delays stalled the Bridge City-Hardin-Jefferson District 22-4A battle at Chuck Young Field Friday night, the Cardinals and Hawks resumed play Saturday and the Cardinals were able to snare a 7-6 victory.

Bridge City led 2-1 after play was suspended Friday night.

Bridge City struck first, using small ball to get runners in position to score. Peyton Havard lead off with a walk, Jackson Bernard bunted Havard to second. After another walk, this time to Cace Skinner, the Cardinals had a double steal to put runners on second and third with two outs. Cameron Yadon hit a hard grounder to third, and after a bad throw Havard ran home to score. Cardinals take an early 1-0 lead against the Hawks.

The Cardinals picked up another run in the next inning to extend their lead. Sam Carpenter led off with a walk, and pinch runner Deagan King took over, Jackson Tims singled and advanced to second as King stretched for third base from first. Havard would drive in King with a hit to the right side of the infield. The Cardinals led 2-0 after three complete innings.

The Hawks took advantage of a couple of errors from the Cardinals to score their first run in the top of the third inning. Logan McLeod reached on a walk and Justin Smith and Bryce Jewell hit into back to back errors. As a result the Hawks got a man on second and third, and scored a run in Mcleod.

Play resumed Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Hawks grabbed a 3-2 edge when Kevin Borque had a RBI single and the Hawks added a run on an error.

The Cardinals regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Tanner Wilson got it going with a single and then one-out singles by Cameron Yadon and Slade Foreman tied the game up. A RBI groundout to short by Logan Hamm put BC ahead 4-3.

After the Hawks tied the game in the top of the fifth, the Cardinals snared the lead back. Havard had a one-out double and pinch runner Ryan Ellis eventually scored off a RBI single to right by Wilson.

Hamm pushed it to 6-4 with a RBI single to center and Sam Carpenter brought in Hamm with a single to left.

Landon McLeod had a RBI single in the seventh for the Hawks, who also scored on an error in the inning.