, Port Arthur, Texas


May 15, 2013

Montgomery a familiar foe for Nederland baseball

NEDERLAND — In the nine years that Nederland head baseball coach Cody Robbins has been on the job, he’s taken his team to the playoffs seven times.

That includes post-season berths in each of the last five seasons, but there’s been something else cropping up in Robbins’ playoff trips.

He can’t seem to avoid facing Montgomery. When Nederland plays the Bears in the regional quarterfinals this week, it will be the fourth time the two teams have met in the Class 4A playoffs since 2005.

“There’s history with Montgomery dating back to 2005,” Robbins said, after his team beat Hutto in the area round last Saturday. “It’s a good history. There have been some battles. Here we are again. They’re a good baseball team. We’ll see what happens.”

Going back to 1988, Nederland had only played Montgomery three times in the playoffs before this season and all of those meetings have come on Robbins’ watch.

The first was in 2005. Nederland came into those playoffs ranked No. 2 in the state and a District 20-4A title. The Bulldogs dispatched New Caney in the area round after getting a bye for bidistrict.

Montgomery, meanwhile, had won 18-4A’s title and then beat Little Cypress-Mauriceville in a three-game series to advance to the regional quarterfinals against Nederland.

The two teams played a home-and-home series and that first game, played in Nederland, was the most memorable. Montgomery won 2-1 in 13 innings thanks to great pitching from five different guys, including Michael Heard, Cody Springer, James Schroeder, Travis Galloway and then-freshman Bobby Stone, who picked up the victory in relief.

Montgomery won Game 2 11-8, then advanced all the way to the state tournament. There, the Bears lost to Waco Midway in the state semifinals.

The very next season, Montgomery and Nederland again met in the regional quarterfinals. This time, Nederland was coming off a runner-up finish in 20-4A, forcing the Bulldogs to play Dayton in bidistrict. Nederland beat the Broncos in a one-game series before topping 17-4A champ Kilgore in another one-game series to face Montgomery.

The Bears, too, dropped to 18-4A’s runner-up in 2006, beating Hallsville in bidistrict play and then topping Galena Park in the area round to set up the battle with Nederland.

The Bulldogs took Game 1 in 2006 by shutting out the Bears 2-0 behind a two-hitter from Matison Smith. However, Nederland dropped the final two games by a combined score of 19-8, with Montgomery winning the clincher 13-4.

Things didn’t work out as well for Montgomery after passing Nederland that year, though, as the Bears fell to state semifinalist Channelview in the next round.

The 2009 matchup between Montgomery and Nederland was different for a couple of reasons. For one, it took place in the area round of the playoffs. The first two matchups were all one round later, in the regional quarterfinals.

It was also different because Nederland won.

In the only one-game playoff series the two teams have played so far, Nederland beat the Bears 5-1 behind a great pitching performance by Kirby Bellow and good hitting nights  from Jude Vidrine and Stephen Schlett.

Bellow struck out 10 in  the complete-game victory while Vidrine had a two-run double in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Nederland entered the third matchup having won the District 20-4A title. The Bulldogs beat C.E. King in the bidistrict round before facing 18-4A’s third place finisher Montgomery, who beat San Marcos in bidistrict play.

After taking down Montgomery, Nederland went on a run to the regional finals before losing to Brenham.

Friday begins matchup No. 4. If history is any indication, the winner could be in for a long playoff run.


Text Only
  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

    July 23, 2014

  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

    The Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth squad’s run to the World Series is over.

    July 22, 2014

  • West golf notepad: West duo claims title in Texas Father-Son

    July 22, 2014

  • Mid County sets up championship series with Tri County

    The Southwest Regional Babe Ruth championship series is set and yes the hometown Mid County squad will be there to play.

    July 21, 2014

  • MC Babe Ruth goes 2-0

    First things first, give Clint Landry and the rest of the officials credit for making the Southwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament possible this weekend at Nederland High School.

    July 19, 2014

  • Up the odds for solid bank fishing

    There are certain limitations to fishing without a boat.

    July 19, 2014

  • Derek Williams, Summer Money League light up the lanes at Max Bowl

    Thursday nights Summer Money League produced some very impressive scores.

    July 19, 2014

  • West column: Pacers hiring Pat Knight didn't help Lamar

    July 19, 2014

  • Babe Ruth.jpg Mid County Babe Ruth set to host Southwest Regional

    The Mid County Babe Ruth 18U team is once again knocking on the World Series door. Mid County will host the Southwest Regional at Nederland High School starting today. Mid County’s first game of the tournament is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Pine Bluff, Ark. Thursday was a special day for Mid County Babe Ruth as two locals, Jimmy Collins (shown speaking) and Skip Hopkins (back left) were inducated intot he Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Both Hopkins and Collins have been involved in Babe Ruth for over 40 consecutive years either as player, coach or board member. There are nine teams in the tournament with the winner headed to Washington state for the World Series.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • West golf notepad: Eleven-year-old Henry scores ace in YMBL tourney

    July 15, 2014

From the Fieldhouse blog