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By Dan Perrine
For the Record 

Bobcats remain undefeated in district baseball


Last updated 4/17/2023 at 9:34am

Orangefield's Kane Smith had two hits in the Bobcats' win over Warren last week

The Orangefield express is still rolling with just three games left before the start of the post season and the playoffs. The Bobcats were undefeated in first place of the District 22-3A baseball standings with a week left in the regular season.

The Orangefield Bobcats won 8-2 on Friday, April 14, at Buna. The Bobcats improved their district record to 11-0 with three games remaining.

Bobcat pitcher Jason Bodin threw seven innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out nine Cougars to get the win. Bodin appears to be over some earlier soreness in his right arm and is fitting back into the regular pitching rotation for Orangefield.

The Bobcat bats pounded out thirteen hits in the game led by Morgan Sampson and Bodin with three hits apiece. Sampson got the scoring started with a double in the first inning to put Orangefield on top 1-0.

Orangefield scored four more runs in the third with Sampson driving in a run with a single. Adam Tran had a key single and Bodin doubled during the rally for the Bobcats.

Orangefield has really only been challenged in a couple of their eleven district wins. One of those contest was Tuesday, April 11, at Warren where the Bobcats were victorious 5-2 over the Warriors.

As he has done during much of the district schedule Orangefield Coach Tim Erickson threw multiple pitchers during the game. Brycen Tait got the win hurling the first three innings allowing two runs on three hits and striking five Warren batters. Garrett Rawls threw four shutout innings in relief to earn the save.

The Bobcats took the lead in the first inning on a single by Matthew Johnson. Morgan Sampson homered in the third inning for Orangefield. Kane Smith and Jason Bodin both had two hits to lead the Bobcats' offense against the Warriors.

Orangefield is 20-3 on the season. The Bobcats played at home this week on Tuesday against the Hardin Hornets. The next game for the Bobcats will be Friday, April 21, at Paul Cormier Field in Orangefield against the Kountze Lions.


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