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2004 District 18-4A Champions
2004 Region III - 4A Area Champions
Welcome to the Montgomery Bears Baseball web site.
The Bears were the 2002 runner-ups in District 18-4A and they were Bi-District Champions, in the 2002 state playoffs. Again, in 2003, the Bears were runner-ups in 18-4A and they won the 2003 Area Champions title.
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Head Coach Clint Heard is in his 9th year, as the Varsity head coach, at Montgomery High School. Coach Heard graduated from Texas A&M, where he was a captain on the baseball team. Coach Heard has led the Bears to the playoffs, in six of the last eight seasons, while setting a record, in 2003, for the most victories, in a season.
Coach Chris Morris is in his 7th year, at Montgomery High School. Coach Morris is the Assistant Coach, for the varsity squad, while working with the outfielders and hitters. Coach Morris graduated form Abilene Christian College, where he was a stand-out outfielder, on the baseball team.
Coach Troy Brock is in his 2nd year, at Montgomery High School. Coach Brock is the head coach, for the JV squad, while assisting Coach Heard and Coach Morris, on Tuesday games. Previously, Coach Brock was the assistant coach, for the varsity squad, at Huntsville. Montgomery players and parents are extremely lucky to have another fine baseball mind, on the coaching staff.
Coach Curt King is in his 5th year, at Montgomery High School. Coach King is the head coach, for the Sophomore squad. Previously, Coach King was a head baseball coach, at another Texas high school. Coach King is another of the fine coaches, who call Montgomery home.
"After the game, the Bangor kids kept their heads up as they cleaned up the dugout and filled the equipment bags. Soon they began to discuss their plans for the rest of the day. It ended that quick. In the blink of an eye. The end of an era. The end of me as a coach. This morning I was. This afternoon I was not."
This is an excerpt from the book, "The Last Magic Summer", written by Peter Gent . I suggest that all baseball dads (and moms) read this. It will remind you how precious is this time, baseball, that we share with our boys. Cherish it, the time will pass too quickly. Use this time, to build a bond, which will last a lifetime.
Chance of a Lifetime
(This letter was given to a high school player by his coach,
on the eve of his signing the National Letter of Intent.)
Several members of the Montgomery High School baseball team have been
recognized for their outstanding play for the Bears, during the 2004 season.
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Game 2 - PNG 14 - Montgomery 5
LP: Michael Heard (10-2)
The season came to an end for the 2004 Montgomery Bears, as they ran into a buzz-saw called the Port-Neches Grove Indians (32-2). For the 2nd game in a row, the Indians outplayed the Bears in every aspect of the game. Hats off to the Indians...they are clearly the best 4A team in Region III, with all the tools to take it all in Austin.
Congrats to seniors Brandon Allen, Shan Sullivan and Drew Tucker. All three have been starting on varsity, since their freshman seasons.
Game 1 - PNG 11 - Montgomery 1
LP: Andrew Clarke
PNG (31-2) run-ruled the Bears (22-11), in a game marred by Montgomery errors. PNG is too good to make any errors against, especially 5 or 6. PNG outplayed the Bears in all areas of the game, tonight. Allen Harrington (12-0) picks up the win, for PNG, while Andrew Clarke takes the loss.
Game 2 - Beaumont Ozen 6 - Montgomery 3
LP: James Schroeder (2-2)
Montgomery allows 3-unearned runs, while only picking up (6) hits. Schroeder, who left the game trailing only 3-1, takes the loss on the mound, but he hit a homerun in the bottom of the 7th, to make the game closer. Dustin McCandless picked up two hits, in the opener, of the doubleheader.
Game 3 - Montgomery 2 - Beaumont Ozen 1
WP: Andrew Clarke (4-1)
Save: Cody Springer
In a game where both teams combined for only 8-hits, Andrew Clarke and Cody Springer came up with sparkling pitching performances, as the Bears move on to the regional quarterfinals. Clarke pitched into the 5th inning, when Springer was called in to squelch an Ozen rally. Springer pitched the final 2-2/3 innings, while allowing just one hit and dishing out 2-K's, in the 7th inning, to end the game..
The Panthers drew
first blood and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The
Bears knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second
led off with a double and scored on
The Bears will face 20-4A powerhouse Port Neches - Grove, in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Game times will be posted, as they are determined.
Game 1 - Montgomery 3 - Beaumont Ozen 2
WP: Michael Heard (10-1)
Michael Heard ('06, LHP/RF) pitched a 7-inning no-hitter, as the Montgomery Bears won 3-2, over Beaumont Ozen. A two base error, by RF and a three base throwing error, on a sac-bunt attempt, allowed the two early Ozen runs. Heard (1BB, 2HBP) collected 11-K's, while allowing just 5-baserunners. Heard's record is now (10-1) for the season.
The Bears picked up 10-hits, in the opener of the the best of three series, with Ozen. James Schroeder had the big game winning RBI, as he went 2-4, for the night. Drew Tucker (2-3,RBI,2R) and Derek Washington (2-3) contributed with hits, as did Shan Sullivan (1-2,Sac,BB), Michael Heard (1-4), Brandon Allen (1-3,RBI) and Dustin McCandless (1-4).
The Bears (21-9) will attempt to close out the series, in Game 2, which starts at 1:00pm, Saturday. Game 3 will follow, if needed.
05/09/04: The Bears shutout Waltrip HS, 7-0, in a tune-up game, this past Saturday at Bear Field. Michael Heard improved to (9-1) for the season, while the Bears ran their record to (20-9), while their winning streak grew to 14-games.
Montgomery 9 - Brenham 6
04/27/04: Montgomery 13 - Waller 7
WP: James Schroeder
The Bears outslugged the Waller Bulldogs 13-7, @ Waller. James Schroeder (2-1/3IP,1H,0R,K) pitched a near perfect 2-1/3 innings, allowing just one hit. Spencer Hylander (3-2/3IP,7H,7R,4ER,3BB,2K)started on the mound, for the Bears, while going 3-2/3 innings. Cody Springer pitched a scoreless 7th inning, to close out the game.
Schroeder shined with the bat, as he went (4-5,2B,4RBI), while Shan Sullivan added some punch with (3-4,2B,BB,2RBI). Michael Heard, Drew Tucker, Brandon Allen, Cory Spaugh, Andy Yarotsky and Cody Duplantis added hits for the Bears combined for 13 hits and 7 BB's.
The Bears extend their winning streak to 12-games, while their season record rose to (18-9, 9-0).
04/27/04: Montgomery moves up to a #5 ranking, in the Chronicle Houston Area Poll.
1. Port Neches-Groves ... 24-2
2. LC-Mauriceville ... 24-3
3. Houston Christian ... 29-4
4. Second Baptist ... 23-8
5. Montgomery ... 17-9
6. Brenham ... 19-9
7. Nederland ... 17-7
8. Texas City ... 17-8
9. Galena Park ... 18-4
10. Bridge City ... 21-3
04/25/04: Unofficial Stats have been posted. Click the link, on the left side of the page.
Montgomery 10 - Terry 0
The Bears win the district title!
04/20/04: Montgomery 6 - Lamar Consolidated 3 (9-innings)
WP: Michael Heard (7-1, 3-0)
The Montgomery Bears stay perfect in
18-4A, with another come from behind win, over Lamar
Consolidated, 6-3 (9-innings). The Bears pushed across the
tying run, in the top of the 7th, to send the game into extra
The Bears are now (16-9, 7-0), for the season. Montgomery extends their winning streak to 10-games, while winning 13 of the last 15.
04/20/04: The Bears have made it into the Chronicle's Houston Area Top Ten, as they have won nine straight games, and 12 of the last 14.
1. Port Neches-Groves ... 22-2
2. LC-Mauriceville ... 22-3
3. Nederland ... 17-5
4. Houston Christian ... 24-4
5. Second Baptist ... 20-8
6. Montgomery ... 15-9
7. Brenham ... 17-9
8. Texas City ... 16-7
9. Bay City ... 16-5
10. Bridge City ... 21-3
04/17/04: The Bears (6-0) now have a three game lead, in first place of Dist. 18-4A. The lead grew to three Friday evening, as Lamar Consolidated edged the Brenham Cubs, 1-0. Brenham, Lamar Cons. and Foster are tied in 2nd place, with a record of (3-3).
04/16/04: Montgomery 2 - Foster
WP: Michael Heard (6-1, 2-0), S: Cody Springer (4-0)
The Bears squeak out a close win,
against Foster, at Bear Field.
Michael Heard (6-1, 2-0) picked
up the win, with another strong outing
notched a save, while going the final 1-2/3 innings
04/14/04: Montgomery 6 - Brenham 4
WP: Cody Springer (4-0)
The Bears defeat arch rivals Brenham
Cubs, 6-4, in extra innings, on the road. Down 4-2, in
the top of the 7th, the Bears push across two runs, to tie the
game. Freshman closer, Cody Springer, gets out of a one out
bases loaded jam, in the bottom of the 7th, to send the game
to extra innings. The Bears have scored twice, in the
top of the 8th, to take an 6-4 lead.
('05, LHP) got the
start on the mound, for the Bears. Hylander goes three
innings (5H,4R,1BB,3K), before giving way to
('05, RHP). Schroeder (3-1/3 IP,0H,0R,2BB,4K), who has been
suffering from a tender shoulder, pitched a near perfect 3-1/3
innings, in relief. Cody Springer (1-1/3 IP,0H.0R.1BB,1K)
the last 1-2/3 innings, to pick up the win.
Montgomery 8 - Waller
7 - Terry 4
4 - Lamar Consolidated 2
The Bears woke their bats up, in the bottom of the 5th inning,
to score four runs. Down 2-0, with two outs, the Bears started
a rally that would include 2-HBP, 1-BB, 3-H & 4-runs.
('05, C) led the Bears with two hits, which included the big
2-out, 2-RBI single, in the 5th inning.
('04, SS) had a 2-out, 2RBI double that tied the score.
03/30/04: Montgomery 11 - Foster 4
Michael Heard (5-1)
Montgomery 8 - Caney Creek 0
News from the JV.......Davis Schroeder, freshman brother to the Bear's James Schroeder, pitched a 5-inning perfect game, in a run ruling of the Oak Ridge JV. Davis struck out 14 of the 15 hitters he faced. The only other out was a dribbler to the mound. The younger Schroeder pitched for the varsity, in relief, twice during the pre-district tournaments.
Montgomery 6 - Oak Ridge 4
After spotting the War Eagles three runs, in the top of the
first inning, the Montgomery Bears came back to take a
non-district game, at Bear Field.
03/23/04: The Bears defeated Willis, 10-0, in a 5-inning run rule affair, at Bears Field. Michael Heard (4-1) pitched a no-hitter, for his fourth victory, in a row. Michael extended his hitless innings streak to 10-2/3 innings.
Leading the Bears at the plate were Drew Tucker, Brandon Allen and James Schroeder, who each picked up two hits. This was easily one of the best outings for the Bears, as they played errorless ball, while getting 8-hits, 6-BB's and 2-HPB's, in 4-innings.
defeated Navasota, 7-3, at Bear Field, Tuesday night. The Bears
pitched by committee, as they held Navasota to one hit and one earned run.
Spencer Hylander, Cody Springer, Andrew Clarke (WP), Michael Heard and
James Schroeder all threw very well. The Bear bats woke up with 5-extra
base hits that rattled the left field wall.
03/14/04: The Bears fell to Angleton, 4-3, as the bats, again, remained silent. Wasted was a good outing on the mound, for sophomore Andrew Clarke (RHP). Andrew took the loss, while allowing 3-earned runs, in a complete game outing. Michael Heard picked up 2-hits and 2-RBI, as the Bears could manage only 5-hits, as a team.
03/13/04: After collecting 17-hits, in Thursday night's game, the Bears bats turned to ice, as they dropped two games Friday.
Montgomery 12 - New Caney 1
Shan Sullivan (3-3, 2R, 4RBI),
Drew Tucker (4-3, 3R, 1RBI),
Cory Spaugh (3-2, 3B, 1RBI),
James Schroeder (3-2, 2B, 2RBI),
Dustin McCandless (3-2, R, 2RBI),
Derek Washington (3-2, 2B, R),
Brandon Allen (3-1, R, RBI),
Colby Smith (3-1, R).
03/07/04: Montgomery closed out pool play, in
the Brenham Tournament, with a 2-2 record. The Bears split
their two games Saturday evening, against Santa Fe and Alvin.
03/06/04: The Bears began the 1st day of the Brenham Tournament, with a Jeckle & Hyde performance. Montgomery is hosting a 5-team pool, due to the end of week rainy conditions.
Montgomery began the evening with an uninspired 12-1 loss, to Little Cypress Mauriceville. LCM looked unbeatable, while the Bears looked uninterested. Again, their pitching and hitting failed them, as Spencer Hylander took the loss. The Bears only managed two hits, while LCM stroked the ball, at will. One bright spot, for the Bears, was freshman Davis Schroeder (RHP), who made his varsity debut, in relief.
After a friendly speech from Coach Heard, the Bears took the field, looking like a different team, against the 5A Belton Tigers. Sophomore Andrew Clarke (RHP) handled the Tigers, for 4-innings, as he picked up his first varsity victory, helping the Bears to a 6-3 win. Clarke stymied the Tigers, while holding them to 2-hits. Again Davis Schroeder looked impressive as he came on in relief. Davis worked two innings, before older brother James Schroeder came on to pitch the 7-inning. The Bears' bats woke up from hibernation, led by Michael Heard's 2-hits & 3RBI performance. Brandon Allen, Shan Sullivan and Cory Spaugh swung the bat well. Dew Tucker looked good, as he was moved back into the lead-off slot, in the order.
03/03/04: The Bears lost to Bellville 10-3, as their pitching and hitting failed them, on the road. Dustin McCandless took the loss, on the mound. Spencer Hylander, Jake Kelly and Michael Heard pitched in relief, for the Bears.
02/28/04: The Bears dropped their season opener, with a 6-2 loss, against the 2003 4A State Champions, Hewitt-Midway Panthers.
Michael Heard took the loss for Montgomery as he gave up four runs (3-unearned runs) on four hits, while walking four and striking out two. Spencer Hylander came in to relieve Heard in the fourth and pitched two strong scoreless innings, giving up four hits. Schroeder pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs on three hits.
The Bears bats weren't exactly quiet, as they picked up six hits, while hitting the ball sharply on numerous occasions. The Panthers played sparkling defense, as they made several saving catches, in the outfield. Dustin McCandless led the Bears with 3-hits, while Brandon Allen, James Schroeder, Cory Spaugh and Spencer Hylander each contributed with a hit.
02/27/04: The Bears open the regular season, tonight, as they host 4A powerhouse, Hewitt-Midway (Waco), at 7pm. Come out to the ballpark and see some great baseball!
02/24/04: Another Montgomery Bears graduate, Trey Schurr (LHP, '03), picked up his 1st collegiate win, as he pitched UT-Dallas to a victory. From the UT-D web site.....
Freshman Frederick Schurr from Montgomery, TX got the start and the win, throwing six solid innings and giving up just one run, five hits and striking out five. Daniel Ford and Darius Wu worked the final three shutout innings, surrendering just a single hit.
02/24/04: Montgomery Bears own Shan Sullivan has been selected to the "Chronicle All-Greater Houston Team", for 2004. Shan was selected as an infielder, on the 2nd team. This may be a first, for a Bear baseball players. Bradley Korhring, from Brenham, was on the 1st team selection, proving that 18-4A has it's share of talent.
02/22/04: Montgomery Bears graduate, Casey Springer (RHP, '03), picked up his 1st collegiate win, as he pitched Sam Houston State to victory, over UT-Pan Am. From the SHSU web site.....
Freshman Casey Springer gave the Bearkat baseball team another solid start, and senior Carroll Kelly made the most of his opportunities Saturday. Thanks to Springer and Kelly, the Bearkats (3-2-1) beat the Broncs of Texas-Pan American 10-5 in the middle game of a three-game series at Holleman Field. Springer (1-0) overcame a rocky third inning, and like Friday's starter Zach Adkisson, he threw 6 2/3 strong innings. The true freshman from Montgomery allowed five hits and only one earned run with two walks and six strikeouts Saturday.
"Another day, our starting pitcher got us into the seventh inning. You've got to be happy with that, especially after the third inning," Bearkats coach Chris Rupp said. "Springer came back and stopped the bleeding. He went on and made it a good outing. "That shows a little maturity in this ball club because that was our big problem last year. We didn't ever get it totally stopped. Today, we stopped it and I was real proud of how Springer settled down and kept his composure."
Pan American scored three unearned runs off Springer in the third, but the rookie right-hander settled down and pitched into the seventh inning. He left the game with the Bearkats leading 7-4.
Also, Ex-Bear Stephen Spaugh (C, '02) has been tearing it up, with the bat for Panola College, as he has hit .360, in the first 8-games of the season. Stephen is 2nd, on the team, with 7-RBI.
02/22/04: The Montgomery Bears hosted their Annual Bar-B-Que Fundraiser, as New Caney and A&M Consolidated participated in the three-team round robin.
The Bears bats were non-existent, as they garnered only three hits, in 12-innings. The pitching was better than the hitting, but not as crisp as the coaching staff is expecting. Dustin McCandless and Spencer Hylander shared the mound duties, in a 5-inning game, against New Caney. The Bears dropped that contest 4-1. Michael Heard, James Schroeder and Jake Kelly pitched the 7-inning game, as the Bears lost 4-0, to a very talented AMC squad. Schroeder look really good, as did Heard, after a shaky two innings.
02/18/04: The Montgomery Bears hosted Bryan HS, Tuesday evening, in a 12-inning scrimmage. The final score was a lopsided 21-6, in favor of the Bears. The Bears hit the ball up and down the lineup, with Cory Spaugh leading the way, with 2-hits and 4RBI.
On the mound, Spencer Hylander, Jake Kelly, James Schroeder, Dustin McCandless and Michael Heard, each got quality time.
02/15/04: The Montgomery Bears managed to get in 4-innings, before weather halted their opening scrimmage, against Navasota HS. The Bears were leading 7-2, when play ended.
Michael Heard pitched 3-innings, while giving up 2-unearned runs and striking out (6) Rattlers. Dustin McCandless pitched one scoreless innings, in relief. Colby Smith ('06, LF) hit a bomb, for the Bears, while Drew Tucker, Cory Spaugh, Dustin McCandless, and Cody Duplantis contributed with base hits.
02/07/04: The Montgomery Bears have been well represented, in two Perfect Game National Showcases. Drew Tucker, Shan Sullivan, Brandon Allen and Michael Heard, each had impressive outings.
5/11/03: Montgomery wins the Area Title!
The #7 State ranked Montgomery Bears took the area title, by winning the decisive 3rd game of the series, 8-3, over the 19-4A Champions, Oak Right War Eagles.
The War Eagles forced a 3rd game, after taking a 17-15 twelve inning victory, in what turned out to be a slugfest. There were 56-hits (Mont-32, OR-24), in a game where the lead changed ten times. Oak Ridge was led by Ricky Thomas and Mike Lawson, who each homered twice. Thomas had a walk-off 3-run dinger, in the bottom of the 12th inning.
The Bears racked up some impressive offensive numbers, for the doubleheader. Montgomery scored 23-runs, on 44-hits, in the 19-innings that were played, Saturday. More impressive is that this was done in 90+ degree temperature, with a heat index of 120-degrees.
Some of the personal stats were staggering, such as Shan Sullivan (6H,5R,4RBI,1-2B,2HR), Brandon Allen (5H,3R,4RBI,2-2B,HR), Dustin McCandless (5H,3R,4RBI,HR), Matt Bess (4H,2R,4RBI,2-2B), Cory Spaugh (5H,2RBI), Matt Yarotsky (4H,4R,3RBI,2-2B), Michael Heard (4H,1R,RBI), Drew Tucker (5H,2R,RBI,2-2B), Jarrod Jensen (3H). Defensively, Tucker flashed the leather, around second base, with some sparkling plays.
On the mound Trey Schurr battled the War Eagles, in Game 2. Trey went 6-innings, in the opener, as James Schroeder (3-1) picked up the loss, pitching 6-innings, in relief.
In Game 3, Michael Heard took the mound, after enduring the 12-innings of heat, in Game 2's marathon. Heard (4-0) picked up the win, as he went 5-2/3 innings, while allowing just two runs. Dustin McCandless, a hard throwing soph LHP, snagged the save, as he closed out the final 1-1/3 innings. McCandless helped his cause, by ripping a 3-run homerun, in the top of the 7th inning.
Montgomery (25-5) will now face 17-4A Champions, Pflugerville Connally, in the 4A Region-III quarterfinals.
05/03/03: Montgomery 3 - Harker Heights 2 (8-innings)
The Montgomery Bears edged the Harker Heights Knights, 3-2, in an extra inning affair. The win gives the Bears a sweep, of the first round series. The 7th state-ranked Bears (23-4) advance to player Oak Ridge, in the 2nd round of the playoffs. The Bears picked up their 23rd victory, of the season, which sets a new school record.
Trey Schurr (8-2) started on the mound for the Bears, as he went 5-2/3 innings, allowing just one run, on 4-hits. Soph RHP, James Schroeder (3-0) picked up the win, in relief, as he went 2-2/3 innings, allowing 2-hits and one unearned run.
Freshman, Michael Heard had a clutch 2-out, 2-RBI single, to give the Bears a 2-0 lead, in the 5th inning. Shan Sullivan drove in the go-ahead run, in the 8th inning, with another 2-out single. Drew Tucker, Dustin McCandless (soph) and Cory Spaugh (soph) added hits for the Bears. Big hits by the soph's and the freshman, along with a soph getting the win. The young underclassmen stepped it up a notch, today.
There was a freak injury, to a Harker Heights player, during a run-down, in the bottom of the 8th inning. He was taken off the field, on a stretcher and left by an ambulance. Our prayers are with him and his family.
05/02/03: Montgomery 6 - Harker Heights 2 Bears Win! Bears Win!
The Montgomery Bears took the opening game, of the first round playoff series, against Harker Heights, by a score of 6-2.
Casey Springer (9-1) pitched a 3-hit complete game, for the victory. Casey allowed just one earned run, while the Bears played strong defensively, in the field.
Brandon Allen had the big hit, as he launched a 3-run bomb, to give the Bears a comfortable 5-1 lead, in the 5th inning. Allen hit a curve ball, which was about 6" off the ground, over the right field wall, about 400ft. The ball landed 70ft past the outfield fence, into the softball complex. Allen, also, had an RBI double, for a total of 4-RBI.
Matt Bess had a clutch 2-out RBI single, to close out the scoring for the Bears. Michael Heard had a double, while Dustin McCandless and JJ Jensen picked up clutch hits, along the way. The Bears raised their season record to (22-4), with game #2, to be played at Harker Heights, Saturday, at 1:00pm. The game will be broadcast on TSRNSports.com
Brandon Allen (#24) is congratulated on his three-run homer by his teammates,
including Matt Yarotsky, Shan Sullivan, Drew Tucker and Cory Spaugh.
4/25/03: Montgomery finishes 2nd, in District 18-4A
Brenham takes the District 18-4A Championship, with a 3-0 victory, over the Montgomery Bears. It was a good high school game, with clutch plays and tough pitching. Blake Brannon (UTSA-signee) picked up the win, for the Brenham Cubs. Blake pitched the complete game shutout, as the Bears couldn't find the holes, in the Cubs defense.
Trey Schurr picked up the loss, for the Bears, as he allowed 7-hits and 3-runs. Trey has just committed to UT-Dallas, for next year. Picking up hit, for the Bears, were Brandon Allen, Matt Yarotsky, Drew Tucker, Dustin McCandless and Cory Spaugh. Brandon Allen had a .558 batting average, during District 18-4A play, while hitting a strong .425, for the season. Brandon had 10-RBI, during the district season.
Michael Heard, who threw a runner out at the plate from right field
in the 3rd inning, picked up the save against Lamar, pitching the bottom
of the 7th inning and allowing no hits, while striking out two.
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