LITTLE CYPRESS —
The Bridge City Cardinals and Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears looked like they would head into today’s game with perfect marks at the Don Gibbens Tournament.
That was until the Cardinals lost 4-1 to the Lumberton Raiders on Friday. The Cardinals and Bears will play at 1 p.m. today with the championship game slated for 3:30 p.m.
The Cardinals got off to a hot start Thursday by scoring 29 runs in two games.
First the Cardinals got into a scoring fest with the Jasper Bulldogs. Bridge City won 16-10.
The Bulldogs opened things up with a four run first inning that knocked out starting pitcher Hayden Guidry. Guidry last 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and four runs with three walks and one strikeout.
Jonah Watt eventually got the win for the Cardinals by working 3 1/3 innings with three runs allowed, only one was earned. Watts gave up three hits in relief with two walks and three strikeouts
Jasper was up 8-6 before Bridge City exploded for five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Guidry was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs and three RBI while Keaton Langston was 3-for-5 with four runs. Chase Shugart finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, Watts was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a double and Bryce Sampere finished 1-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a triple, Ashton Hunter was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI while Blaine McElduff finished with a double.
Bridge City then turned around and defeated District 21-3A rival Silsbee, 13-3 in five innings.
Shugart plated Guidry for the game’s final run in the bottom of the fifth with a single to right field.
Bridge City had 10 hits in the game and Silsbee finished with five errors.
Bryce McFarland did everything Coach Chad Landry could ask for him to do on the mound with five innings of work. He gave up four hits and three unearned runs with one walk and one strikeout. He had 14 first pitch strikes to 22 batters.
Sampere’s three-run home run in the third gave Bridge City a 4-3 lead, a lead they would never give up.
Hunter Uzzle scored two runs in the win while Langston scored three times and Guidry scored three times with three RBI and three walks. Sampere finished 2-for-4 with two runs and five RBI, Shugart was 2-for-4 with two RBI and McElduff finished 2-for-2 with a run and a RBI.
Silsbee scored all three runs in the first inning.
Bridge City actually outhit Lumberton 4-1 on Friday in the Cardinals loss yet the Redbirds also had a 4-1 advantage in the errors department.
LC-M took down Lumberton 5-3 on Thursday behind four innings of work from Tyler Peasle.
Peasley gave up just two runs while on the mound and struck out five batters.
LC-M scored all five of its runs in the first two innings.
Julian Edwards scored two runs and had two RBI while James Swan had two RBI.
Shea Richards fnished with a run and one RBI.