By Ronnie Hughes
BEAUMONT — They are more friends than foe, but when it came down to the Class 4A regional quarterfinals match-up between the Orangefield Bobcats and West Orange-Stark, it was all about the game at hand.
The Mustangs faced their toughest test of the post season at Lamar University’s Vincent-Beck Stadium, but was able to scoot past the Bobcats 2-0, to advance to the regional semifinals.
The Mustangs (27-3-1) have not loss a game since non-district action and have notched three shutouts in the post season while sweeping all three opponents thus far.
Despite a three-up-three-down start to the game, the Bobcats (18-10) gave the Mustangs a bit of a shock early with Bobcat pitcher Ryon Stubblefield leading off with a single to shallow center field. Unfortunately, the Bobcats were unable to bring a run in after Johnny Armstrong was caught off the bag and thrown out at second base following a fly-out to end the half. The Mustangs sent three batters up as well and watched them quickly go down on routine defensive plays by the Bobcats.
Orangefield batters produced another scoreless second inning with all batters going down in order. Tre’ Bernard put the first Mustang runner on the bags with a double down the third base line. Te’Ron Brown left Bernard stranded as he took a one-two count and struck out swinging.
Mustang first baseman Kaleb Ramsey led off the bottom of the third with a triple deep down the first base line that was misplayed by the right fielder. Blake Robinson followed Ramsey with a ground out to second that held the scoring run at third. BB Tezeno would…
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