May 1, 2019
Varsity FEAST Patriots went 5 and 2 over the last month with victories over Cornerstone, Geneva, St. Anthony’s, Central Catholic JV and they split a doubleheader with the Elk City Elks from Oklahoma. The conquest over the Oklahoma beasts was sealed with Caleb Krauchunas’ game-winning RBI single, sending the Elks back across the Red River with a loss. Led by upperclassmen, Jonathan Anderson, Grayson Rutherford, Cason Grumbles, and Jackson Kennemer, FEAST saw the ball well against the Geneva Eagles racking up eight hits and six RBIs, collectively, in the game with a final score of 7-5.
Varsity Patriots took to field against the Central Catholic JV Buttons, with all FEAST batters getting a hit for 12 total! Senior, Caleb Krauchunas started things off with his first of two triples for the day; followed up with triples by Cason Grumbles, Jackson Kennemer, and Grayson Rutherford. Luke Batey went 2-for-3 collecting 3 RBIs. Thomas Yost threw five innings on the hill with Cason Grumbles closing in relief. Final Score 11-4.
Going extra innings against Cornerstone, Varsity Patriots took the lead against the Warriors in the 9th inning with 4-2 baggers by Jackson Kennemer, Grayson Rutherford, Luke Batey, and Cason Grumbles. Jackson Kennemer went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs and two runs scored. Rutherford, Kennemer, Batey, and Krug pooled their pitching prowess on the bump with a final score of 9-6.
FEAST Middle School kicked off their season in dominating fashion with a shutout against Bracken Christian, final score 8-0. Getting the Patriots started, Isaiah Gipson hit a baseclearing triple in the 1st inning. Tanner Gernenz gave up no runs, only one hit and one walk on three innings pitched.
Andrew Meeks pitched two innings, striking out three over two innings against Great Hearts. Will Muckleroy and Ryan Perez both launched inside the park home runs to lead the offense for the young Patriots with a 17-3 victory.
The days are getting longer and the grass is getting greener, take me out to the ballgame, it’s baseball season! Our Varsity Patriots have played 18 ball games in the last 30 days, led by Seniors Grayson Rutherford, Caleb Krauchunas, Jonathan Anderson and Zach Krug.
In a match-up against the Austin Texans, Luke Batey and Jackson Kennemer threw three innings apiece, surrendering only one run. Offensively, the Patriots did their job with #13 Aubrey Harris hitting a triple and #11 Thomas Yost, a double; both crossed the plate for a 2-1 victory.
In a nail-biter face-off against longtime rival, the Wolverines, the bats were talking. Caleb Krauchunas picked up two hits in as many at-bats, driving in one run and scoring two, to lead the offensive attack for the FEAST Patriots. Jonathan “Beast” Anderson went extra bases, doubling in the fourth inning and scored on Thomas Yost’s two-run single. While the Patriots didn’t pull off this victory, losing 11-10, a rematch is on the horizon.
Braving Old Man Winter’s blustery north wind, FEAST lit a fire against the Spartans in an 8-1 annihilation with nine Patriots collecting a hit. Starting on the bump, #32 Jake Foster, recorded three strikeouts in three innings. Liam Zapata came in as relief to secure the win. Cason Grumbles, Caleb Krauchunas and Grayson Rutherford each had three-baggers in the twelve hit attack against the less-than-mighty Spartans.
FEAST fell behind early but rallied for six runs to beat John Paul II in a 6-5 victory with Aidan Meeks smashing a triple to left center and Jackson Kennemer picking off the tying run at third base to end the game.
Patriots traveled north, to Blanco, where they tamed the Floresville Tigers 12-1. Grayson Rutherford took the mound pumping out four strikeouts in two innings. Cason Grumbles, Grayson Rutherford, Zach Krug, and Aidan Meeks all had multiple RBI games.
Spring is just around the corner and the FEAST Varsity baseball season is underway! Once again, the Patriots call Missions Baseball Academy home and are blessed to have returning coaches David Anderson and Al Grumbles to lead our players in integrity and excellence on the diamond.
With the onset of spring, comes spring cleaning and ball fields are no different. Our Patriots and their families turned out in the cold rain to offer solid support installing new foul poles along with upgrading bases and bullpens. Truly, baseball is a family affair!
Traveling to Georgetown, TX, the Patriots kicked off the season with a doubleheader against the Round Rock Texans. Senior, Zach Krug started on the hill pitching 3 innings; allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Sophomore, Luke Batey struck out 3 Texans in as many innings with a final game score of 1-0.
In game 2, Freshman Holden Kennemer, Zach Krug, and Sophomore Aidan Meeks revved their jets to steal 3 bases on the Texans. Juniors Cason Grumbles and Jackson Kennemer, along with Sophomore Thomas Yost combined for 8 strikeouts and 0 earned runs to secure the win. FEAST Junior, Noah Gernenz, along with Seniors Grayson Rutherford and Jonathan Anderson, led the offensive attack in a 5-3 victory on the back half of the doubleheader.
In their third game of the season, our Patriots dominated on the bump against St. Mary’s Hall with Luke Batey and Jackson Kennemer both racking up 5 strikeouts a piece in the first 5 innings! Freshman, Jake Foster, Aidan Meeks, and Grayson Rutherford followed up with 7 total strikeouts over the next 3 innings conquering the Barons on their home field. Cason Grumbles, Junior Aubrey Harris Sophomore Liam Zapata, Senior Caleb Krauchunas and Sophomore Jessie Phillipp all crossed the plate for a final score of 5-1 behind stellar pitching and dazzling defense.
We are excited to welcome new volunteer Head Coach Gene Muckleroy to lead our Middle School Patriot players this season. Our FEAST Middle School team looks forward to their season getting underway in coming weeks. In the meantime, the boys are training hard and are fired up!
The 2018 FEAST baseball season has wound down, and the Patriots did not leave their fans wanting!
FEAST Middle School ended the season on a high note, winning the ISAL tournament, defeating Shepherd of the Hills 8-2! Eighth-grader, Jadon Rendon, took the hill pitching a complete game, holding the Rams to two runs. Angel Espinoza hit a triple down the right field line, driving in two runs for the Patriots. The team, along with coaches, Ross Gonzalez, Brian Harris and Gabe (Gatroade) Cruz was rewarded for their solid efforts and teamwork with the ISAL championship title!
FEAST Varsity’s home fields at Mission’s Baseball Academy hosted the second annual Texas Homeschool State Tournament, with 16 teams participating. The Patriots advanced past the defending champion, Austin ISBL Waves, taking them to the semi-final game. However, they fell short against their longtime rivals, the Wolverines, losing 9-1.
To wrap up their season, the Varsity Patriots traveled to Georgetown, TX for a doubleheader facing the talented Austin Royals. Freshman, Thomas Yost pitched a fantastic complete game shutout against the Austin Royals JV team with a final score of 10-0, every starter collecting at least one base hit. Feast lost to the Austin Royals Varsity 7-2; providing a bright spot was Junior, Caleb (Sha-Boom-Boom) Krauchunas hitting the Green Moster twice in one game!
As always, we are grateful for the Lord’s provision of health, fun, and good sportsmanship through the FEAST baseball program. We are indebted to our faithful volunteer commissioner, Suzan Rutherford and coaches Ross Gonzalez, Brian Harris, Gabe Cruz, Skip Bradley, David Anderson and Al Grumbles who pour their time, effort and love into these young men.
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