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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