FEAST Patriots Baseball
*NOTE: You must be a Patriot Pass holder in order to participate in any FEAST sport.
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.
FEAST Baseball is in Full Swing for Spring
Spring has sprung, and FEAST baseball is in full swing! Head Coaches Ross Gonzalez and Skip Bradley continue to lead a strong program of good, clean baseball.
FEAST Varsity kicked off their 2018 season with a nail-biter game against their rival, the Wolverines. Junior, Casey Santos, pitched five solid innings, giving up only one run. Returning players, J. D. Anderson and Caleb Krauchunas, led the offensive attack combining for five hits between them. Number 44, Freshman, Luke Batey also contributed knocking out a double.
Varsity traveled to the Houston metro area for a weekend- long tournament facing some fierce Texas competition. Against team HCYA, smooth-swinging lefty, sophomore, Cason Grumbles, cleared the right field fence for the first round-tripper of the season! Veteran player, Grayson Rutherford, helped solidify the win with two hits and two runs scored. The Patriots achieved victories in their first three games advancing to the championship game against the highly touted Falcons. The boys fought hard but fell short 5-1 with the lone run scored by #22, J. D. Anderson, on a sharp line drive off the bat of the southpaw, sophomore, Jackson Kennemer.
While Varsity was taking care of business in Houston, Middle School kicked their season off with three consecutive wins carrying them to their own championship game. Returning players, #00 Holden Kennemer and #30 Weston Cruz, both knocked out triples against the West Houston Thunder.
In the fourth inning against Concordia, fresh off of an elbow injury, #6 Eli Harris launched a shot out of the park to dead center for a two-run homer! The new additions, Angel Espinosa and Reece Wiswell, pitched an outstanding game giving up only one run.
Middle School Pats defeated Shepherd of the Hills 7-6 thanks to an inside the park grand slam hit by Weston Cruz! The offense got fired up in the first inning with Holden Kennemer singling on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs. Andrew Meeks #22, made his debut appearance on the bump going two innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and three strikeouts.
Middle School Patriots headed north to face Bracken Christian Schools with Andrew Meeks pitching a complete game with a FEAST Victory of 12-2. Next up, Middle School gave San Antonio Christian Schools a challenge on the field, with a final score of 12-2. The offensive barrage was highlighted by inside the park homeruns by players Jadon Rendon, Holden Kennemer and Weston Cruz. Anthony Gonzalez and Angel Espinoza each fired out 2 innings on the bump; Angel dealing out 3 strikeouts!
Varsity Patriots took to the field in Blanco for their annually hosted area wide tournament. Against the Tigers, Sophomore Cason Grumbles, pitched a complete game blanking the Tigers over five innings. The offense delivered 13 runs on 12 hits. Grayson Rutherford earned 3 RBI’s, Casey Santos had 3 hits in 1 walk in four plate appearances. Freshman Patriots, Aidan Meeks and Luke Batey, took to the mound against St. Anthony’s giving up a combined total of 1 run. Cason Grumbles, J. D. Anderson, and Jackson Kennemer all smacked out 2 hits a piece with a final score of 16-1! Junior Zach Krug tossed seven innings for a complete game against Medina striking out 9 Bobcats. Final score with a FEAST Victory of 9-4.
FEAST’s Season is winding up; come out to Missions Baseball Academy and cheer on your Patriots!
Middle school and high school baseball players were welcomed to winter workout early this January and began preparing for our 2018 FEAST Baseball Season. Coaches, players and parents were all excited to be back on our home fields at Missions Baseball Academy.
The FEAST Baseball Program held their first annual Season Kickoff, with all high school players receiving their program letter! Returning players were awarded with certificates announcing their years of qualifications as varsity players and the right to display that distinction on a Patriot Letterman Jacket. Middle school players joined the ceremony, building anticipation for their opportunity to contribute to FEAST Baseball. All the players, coaches and families enjoyed a time of fun, food and fellowship following the ceremony.
Middle school registration remains open for players from ages 11-14. If you have a child interested in playing com-
petitive baseball, please email the commissioner, Suzan Rutherford, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FEAST High School Baseball Team will be starting practices on January 8th, and the FEAST Middle School Team will begin on January 15th. FEAST Baseball provides home school students in Bexar and surrounding counties the opportunity to play competitive games in a Christian environment. Eligible players must be between 11 and 18 years of age as of September 1st. FEAST High School and Middle School Teams play public, private, and homeschool teams. FEAST Baseball is a competitive program which follows state and national rules.
All FEAST Teams will practice and play home games at the Mission Baseball Academy, 5707 Highway 151, San Antonio, 78227. Practices are held every Monday, Tuesday,and Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. All players are required to be in proper baseball attire at all practices.
All interested players must complete registration, review the FEAST Sports Handbook, and agree to the FEAST Liability Release and Medical Waiver. All forms may be found on the FEAST Athletics Homepage at https://homeschoolfeast.com/athletics/.
There is no guarantee of playing time or position. Playing time is based on skill sets, talent, ability, performance and attitude towards teammates and others. FEAST Baseball is not a win-at-all-cost organization. Our goal is to offer a high quality and Christian based program where athletes can grow physically and spiritually. We strive to honor Jesus Christ in all respects.
FEAST Baseball Coaches are all volunteers, who have full time jobs and are taking personal time from their families to support our program. Parents will be asked to help provide support. Please let us know if you have a skill that you could use to help the program.
Baseball Kick off Meeting
December 12, 7pm, Burwood Hall
Parents and players please join us as we preview our 2018 Season. Players from 11 years old to 18 years old as of September 1, are eligible to try out. This year we will be adding a Leadership Program component so we urge all families, including returning players, to attend. Information including registration, requirements, location, times, games and practices will be discussed.
For more information, contact Suzan Rutherford at Patriots.email@example.com.
Summer fun and freedom are just around the corner which means FEAST Baseball is wrapping up! It’s been a whirlwind end of season for both our Varsity and Middle School Patriots; squeezing in rain make-ups, out of town tournaments and bidding bittersweet farewells to our graduating seniors.
Recurring spring rains may have put a damper on the start of the season but the Middle School Patriots were not left high and dry; the final 10 days of the regular season were peppered with 6 electrifying games! In a nail-biter match against Shepherd of the Hills, in the top of the 3rd inning with 2 outs and no runners on base, the Middle School Patriots mounted a 6 run rally. Right handed hitter, Dominic Reeve hammered out an in-park homerun and Weston Cruz launched a rocket down the line, resulting in a squeaky clean triple; ending the game with a 10-8 victory!
Under the strong leadership of Coaches Ross Gonzalez and Brian Harris, FEAST Middle School Baseball ended the regular season with an astounding undefeated record and progressed to the semi-final games. A hearty end to a hefty season!
For our graduating Patriots, the conclusion of the season brings with it partings of the past and prospects for the future. On the field at The University of Incarnate Word, a fantastic night of commemoration, ceremony and high level ball playing was held. At home plate, Head Coach Skip Bradley met Senior Patriots; Grant Rutherford, Chandler Santos, Tanner Krauchunas, Sam May, and Jack Brunsting, along with their parents, where he presented each with well wishes, words of affirmation, and their official team letter. Team Captain, Grant Rutherford, ruled the mound with 8 strikeouts, while sophomore Grayson Rutherford fortified home plate against St. Anthony’s, delivering a FEAST victory of 9-1!
Varsity closed out their season while at the Homeschool State Championships Texas Showcase Circuit in Houston. Sophomore Drew Girod and senior Chandler Santos were each endowed with awards for their exemplary skills showcased during game 1 of the tough Texas tournament; a proud moment for Coaches Skip Bradley and David Anderson.
As we look forward to next season, please remember to keep our Patriot players and coaches in your continued prayers as they seek to honor Christ both on and off the baseball diamond. Go Patriots!
“Let the field be joyful and all that is in it.”~Psalm 96:12
A Swinging Start!
The sun is shining, skies are blue, the temperature is rising and the Patriot’s winning baseball season is in full swing!
Middle School finally caught a break from the spring rains to take the field against undefeated Cornerstone Christian School. The Patriots held the Warriors to 3 runs led by southpaw hurler, Jaden Rendon, hard throwing right hander, Thomas Yost and catcher, Luke Batey. The bats were on fire and runners rounded the bases with Reece Wiswell, Samuel Martinez, Weston Cruz, and Holden Kennemer all scoring runs bringing the final score to 10-3 handing Cornerstone their first defeat of the season.
In a rare opportunity, Varsity Coach Skip Bradley invited Middle School players first baseman, Jaden Rendon and short stop, Holden Kennemer to showcase their skills alongside the younger Varsity players as they faced Knippa. Freshman, Jackson Kennemer pitched two innings with no runs scored and two strike outs. Sophomore, Noah Andrews led the game in defensive plays with four putouts, the most impressive being a bare handed grab and throw on the run to beat out the runner! Final score was 26-2!
Former Patriots players peppered the peanut gallery in support of the Varsity team as they took on their leading rivals, the SA Wolverines and our Patriots did not disappoint. Sophomore, Drew Girod dominated on the mound, pitching a complete game with eight strike outs. Catcher and first year Patriot, Caleb Krauchunas fired a pick off throw to second baseman, senior Jack Brunsting who swiped the runner for the final out—securing a 10-0 shut out!
Cason Grumbles, Zachary Krug and Jackson Kennemer combined their pitching efforts for a shut out against Atonement Academy. Grayson Rutherford made two outstanding defensive plays in the top of the first inning to limit any threat of the Crusaders scoring a run.
Honorable homerun mentions to sophomore, J.D. Anderson who launched an in park homerun to center field against Knippa and senior, Grant Rutherford smashed a 2 run bomb against Atonement Academy, easily clearing the right center field wall! Thank you for supporting our Patriots baseball organization with your prayers, encouragement and financial support in the midst of our equipment loss. To date, $750 has been donated through our http://www.gofundme. com/nonprofit-baseball-theft account. Please continue to spread the word to family and friends through social media postings, email and word of mouth. There is no minimum donation amount, every dollar is appreciated. Go Patriots!
Time to PITCH IN & REBUILD for our Winning Patriot BASEBALL TEAMS!
In spite of FEAST’s hard loss of equipment, their spirits and efforts have not been compromised. A go-fund-me account has been set up in an effort to rebuild and replenish what was stolen during the off season. Please do all you can to help FEAST accomplish this goal by going to https://www.gofundme.com/nonprofit-baseball-theft and spread the word via social media pages, every little bit helps.
Despite spring rain delays and game postponements, Patriots baseball has officially begun! Patriots Varsity finally kicked things off on their new home fields at McAllister Park with a victory in a rain make-up game against KIPP. Freshman, Cason Grumbles, got things rolling with a strong appearance on the mound, pitching a swift 3 up and 3 down for the first inning. The freshmen kept it entertaining with Aubrey Harris getting caught in a pickle between 3rd and home but safely beating out the catcher’s throw back to 3rd. In the second inning, returning player, Grayson Rutherford, hit a solid triple to center field allowing both JD Anderson and Cason Grumbles to score. Sophomore, Zachary Krug, pitched the final inning without a single hit on him, ending the game at a whopping 15-0!
Middle School kicked off their season going head-to-head with one of the leagues toughest opponents—San Antonio Christian School (SACS). Returning catcher, Luke Batey, gave 5 sturdy innings behind home plate. Leftie, Jaden Rendon, amazed the players, coaches and crowd with an astonishing no-hitter game, throwing 15 strikeouts! Weston Cruz and Thomas Yost both showcased well, Weston with a game tying RBI and Thomas with the game winning RBI. Eli Harris, a first year Partriot, secured the team’s 2-1 triumph when he stole home as a pinch runner for Joshua Stiftinger.
As always the FEAST Patriots would be lost without the steady leadership of their dedicated coaching staff and support of their shared team manager, Peyton Cruz. Go Patriots!
Winter Workouts Going On Now!
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30pm McAllister Park
You are invited to meet the team at Winter Workouts every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30pm at McAllister Park, Upper Fields Complex, Fields 9 and 10. 13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd. SAT 78247 (Enter from Wurzbach Parkway so that you don’t have to wind through the park)
FEAST Patriots High School and Middle School will soon take the field to begin their competitive FEAST Baseball Program. This new season brings new fields and an opportunity for another winning season. As we began to put things in place for a new season and to move locations, we set out to inventory our equipment. The FEAST Patriots have maintained a steel shipping crate as storage. That crate was broken into and all our equipment was stolen. Everything we’ve bought through donations, concessions, and fundraisers for the last 3 years is gone. Here is a list of what was taken and will need to be replaced through more donations and fundraisers:
- Pitching machine. Adjustable speed and pitch, portable.
- Middle School team bats
- New MS catchers gear
- Concession equipment
- Game balls
- Other misc. equipment
We would appreciate your consideration for a donation to be able to purchase these items. Also keep an eye out for our upcoming fundraisers. Any questions about the baseball program or donations should be directed to Suzan Rutherford, Baseball Commissioner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coach Skip Bradley, the FEAST Varsity Head Coach, reports that the 2016 FEAST Varsity Baseball Team completed a very good season in early May. The final record was an impressive 18 wins against 7 losses. With 5 Freshman and 6 Seniors, 1 Sophomore, and 2 Juniors, we played some really good baseball on defense and offense. Our best game was against Blanco HS where we played 7 innings and held them scoreless. We also celebrated a first time win over St. Anthony and a moral boosting victory over the Wolverines! We finished strong with victories against Cotulla ISD and our FEAST Alumni.
Part of being a successful team is working as one, yet everyone doing their individual job. Mike Gonzales and Grant Rutherford were voted team co-captains. Jonathan McDaniels turned into a ball player. Chandler and Casey Santos added punch to our team. Jacob Krug pitched some excellent innings for us. Grayson Rutherford, Ray Gonzales, and Zack Krug handled the catching duties. Grayson was particularly strong behind the plate. Sean Ward had timely hits as did Jordan Zapata, who handled most of 2nd base this season. Drew Girod and Ramon Rogerio were my lefties. Ramon won the first game he pitched. Drew was and will be a work horse on the mound. But, Noble Rutherford had what all senior ballplayers want: a knock out season. He hit the only “outta the park from the moment it left the bat” home run! It was a pleasure to shake his hand after the feat. His bat will be missed.
For those looking to play varsity this next season, during this long off-season, do the “Feast 8” three times a day and play select ball somewhere if possible. Varsity is fun, but no picnic. No position is assured, and no playing time is guaranteed.
Special thanks to Ms. Mari for her extremely valuable scorekeeping and attention to detail at all the games. We are so lucky to have her around.
Jacob Whiten served as 1st base coach. His presence was most beneficial to the coaching sta and team; we can’t thank him enough.
Coach Ian Allen was a tremendous asset to this team and organization. His enthusiasm, dedication, “baseball smarts”, and his phantom ball practice was awesome. He will be sorely missed, but his presence enriched us all. Please keep Coach Allen in your prayers as the Army moves him to his next duty station.
Finally, this baseball program would not be anything if it were not for Mrs. Suzan Rutherford, the FEAST Baseball Commissioner. The “Commish” made it all happen as smoothly as silk. Her dedication to the cause, her attention to details, and her (seemingly) boundless energy for the game is most impressive. It almost matches mine! How fortunate we are to have her for another couple of years.
Things look good for the FEAST Varsity for 2017 and 2018. We look forward to an even more competitive schedule next year. Good season guys!
2016 Middle School
What a season for the middle school baseball teams! Both teams fared well in their respective end of season tournament divisions.
The RED team reached the semi final game in dramatic fashion, highlighted by great pitching and hitting. Holden Kennemer only needed 6 pitches in the first inning to retire the side, while he was 2 for 2 with his bat. Pitching from Jeffrey McDaniel shut the door on their opponent, as he closed the game with a 3 up 3 down inning. Dominic Reeves crushed a ball to left field for a home run, as the RED team eventually pushed 9 players across home for the eventual 9-2 win over Shepherd of the Hills.
The NAVY team reached the nal championship game after two big wins against very tough opponents. The first game featured runs scored by everyone on the team, along with a home run by Tres Cantu. Cason Grumbles pitched a complete game with 4 strikeouts and settled in after allowing 2 runs in the first inning. The defense played clean baseball without any errors and was responsible for 8 of the 12 outs, making their usual spectacular in eld and out field plays. An 11-2 victory over New Braunfels Christian Academy earned them a berth in the semi final game against Geneva.
The NAVY team went on to beat Geneva 6-5 to reach the championship game. This game was highlighted by many quality at bats, including an 8 pitch at bat by Thomas Yost that ended with a 2 RBI single up the middle. Again, the Patriots defense delivered error free baseball, helping Tres Cantu pitch a complete game which ended in dramatic fashion by striking out the last batter in 7 pitches with the bases loaded. JD Anderson, as catcher, caught a slider to end the game.
A hard fought championship game went the full 6 innings and ended with a 3-1 loss despite having more hits than their opponent. Cason Grumbles was able to pitch a complete game, while Jackson Kennemer delivered the lone RBI after a solid hit into the out eld. Four of the ten NAVY players will have the opportunity to return to play ball for the middle school program next season, so the team should remain strong, especially with players moving up from the RED team.
The duo of JD Anderson and Tres Cantu has been a formidable force over the last 4 years for the middle school program and their leadership has propelled the middle school baseball program, to new heights. We all look forward to seeing what they and the other 8th graders from FEAST middle school baseball will do in the years to come as they play high school ball.
*NOTE: You must be a Patriot Pass holder in order to participate in any FEAST sport. The Patriot Pass is $125 per family per year. Click here to read more about the Patriot Pass.