Varsity Baseball starts district off strong 2-0 against Lucas Christian, sweeping them with a score of 17-0 and 6-4.
All Saints Episcopal swept Grace Prep 8-4 and 7-1. A little set back for the lions. 2-2 for district.
With two non-conference games against Nazarene christian Academy scoring 9-1 and Waco Reicher Catholic running a score of 7-4. (Not being added to their district record but overall record.)
Dallas Shelton getting swept by The Lions with scores of 4-3 and 7-0. They are now 4-2 in district.
” team came together when we needed to, so we could clinch a spot for playoffs” Senior Captain, Clayton Phillips, First Base.
Rivalry Game against Pantego Panthers, a close match up neck and neck being 0-0 until the final inning when Pantego snuck a run for the walk off win.
“Both teams battled it out until the last inning, where the pantego got lucky enough to get the ball to fall in the right spot” Senior Captain, Garrett Vardeman, Center field.
Final District game before playoffs against Pantego and Lions lost 15-6, a tough loss for the seniors. With Kevin Pina getting hurt after the game running poles, cutting his high school season short. “It sucks”, says Senior, Pina, First baseman.
Baseball finishing 18-12, having the first winning season since 2008 and making a playoff appearance since 2003. Seniors Vardeman led the team offensively with a .450 batting average, Pina following with a .350, Jaime Mendoza, Short Stop, hit .389, and Josh Peterson, Second Base, with an average of .356
Team MVP Garret Vardeman.
Temple Christian, Pre-playoff game, lions fight for a 8-7 win with another walk off. Jaime Mendoza hitting a ball to right-center field for a double.
Live Oak Classical, Pre-playoff game, Lions score 13-0 in an away game in Waco. Peterson almost hit for The Cycle (when a player hits a single,double,triple, and a Homerun). First hit of the game was triple, then a double, then single and finally a ground out for the fourth At Bat.
“Honestly it I was swinging for the fences. Mr. Brandon gave me the homerun sign,” said Peterson.
He pitched the last inning to shut out the game. Ironically, it happened to be the first and last high school game he would ever pitch. “I didn’t know at first,[and] coach asked if i wanted to go in… yes, I was very nervous… but I got my first career varsity Strikeout!”
Graces Prep JV team, coached by Matt Michalski Jv Head coach and Varsity Pitching coach , did well this season going 13-2, with a 13 game win streak. 4 shutouts Led by Brendan Chambers, Adam Gordon, And Mason Garcia on the mound. Ty Smith and Jake Ratcliff having the two highest batting averages on the team. Smith .571 and Ratcliff .462.
“[With a] young core, a good group of guys that we see as a good future for our program,” said Michalski.