, Port Arthur, Texas


May 10, 2013

Islanders keep LU baseball reeling

PORT ARTHUR — CORPUS CHRISTI - The Lamar baseball team staged a torrid rally in Friday night's game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but ultimately, it wasn't enough to overcome the Islanders' hot start as the Cardinals fell 9-7 at Chapman Field.

    Jonathan Dziedzic got the start on the mound for the Red and White, but after giving up four runs in the opening frame, he was hooked for the loss, dropping to 6-3 on the year. He ended with seven runs allowed (six earned) on nine hits in four innings of work.

    The Islanders (29-20, 14-8 Southland) grabbed the opening lead when three straight hitters reached base with one out, capped by an Eric Weiss RBI single. Zach Taylor laced a two-out triple later in the frame, scoring moments later on Brandon Tierney single up the middle.

    Tierney further added his influence to the game in the fourth, homering on the second pitch he saw, and a Jonathan Gonzales single coupled with a throwing error by Jude Vidrine in right field brought two more across to stretch the TAMUCC lead to seven.

    Hunter Perry relieved Dziedzic on the mound in the fifth, but a pair of errors by Aaron Olivas and Sam Bumpers brought another score home before the Cards began to mount their response in the ensuing inning.

    A Brad Picha double and V.J. Bunner single brought home three scores in the sixth, and LU kept it going as both Vidrine and Zach Luevanos scored in the seventh, with the latter crossing home on an Olivas sacrifice fly.

    Picha went on to finish 3-for-5 with two RBI and two scores, and Bunner knocked in three runs while going 2-for-4. As a team, however, LU was out-hit 12-8.

    Errors doomed the Cards (33-16, 12-10 SLC) following the seventh inning stretch, allowing another Islander run, but after Picha led off the eighth with a single, Bunner followed up with a two run-shot to left, moving his team-leading home run total to six and cutting the deficit back to two.

    Lamar, which entered the weekend as the best fielding team in the country, committed an uncharacteristic four errors in the game.

    The ninth proved to be dramatic, but the Cards were unable to advance the tying run from first, and the Islanders held on for the victory.

    The two sides will meet again on Saturday, and first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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  • 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.
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    • 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

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