27-5A All-District Baseball & Cuero Baseball Playoff Preview

Here are the area high school players picked for the 27-5A All-District baseball team.

First team

Pitchers-Matthew De La Garza, Warriors; Jacob Martinez, Titans; Easton Power, Calhoun.

Catcher-Steven Bonuz, Calhoun

Outfielders-James Grantland, Calhoun

Shortstop-Noah Rodriguez, Warriors

Second Team

Pitchers- Dillon Smith, Titans

First Baseman-Cade Kveton, Calhoun

Second Baseman-Cade Mitscherling, Warriors

Outfielders-Ashton Grones, Warriors; Bernard Murphy, Titans

This is a big week at Cuero high school, and the Gobbler baseball team is one reason why it’s big.
After making round three of the playoffs for the first time in four years. the Gobblers faced Devine. Cuero lost game one, then won two straight, taking the decisive game three, 17-2 in five innings. The Mean Green keeps making history, and I asked two Cuero baseball players how excited they are to still be in the playoffs. Said utility player Payton Walk, “It’s very exciting to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time. Everyone’s fired up and ready to go.” Said center fielder Drew Riemenschneider, “It’s pretty exciting knowing that we’ve done something that hasn’t been done in a while. The whole town and the school’s fired up and ready to watch us get it on.”
Cuero baseball moves on to the 4A regional semifinals for the first time in a decade.
[CG :FullscreenHigh School Baseball4A Regional SemifinalsCuero Vs. SweenyAll Games In WeimarGame 1: Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.Game 2: Saturday, 5:00 P.M.]
The Mean Green takes on Sweeny, with all games in Weimar. Game one Wednesday night at 7:00, game two Saturday afternoon at 5:00, and game three, if needed, 30 minutes after game two.

MLB and USA Baseball are promoting a modified version of youth baseball with fewer innings, batters and pitches to pick up the pace.

Hit and Run Baseball is part of the MLB’s Play Ball initiative announced Tuesday. Hall of Famer and special adviser Cal Ripken is leading the cause.

MLB says Hit and Run Baseball is “designed to encourage youth organizations to utilize alternative formats” for games, practices and tournaments. The recommended rules include:

– Six-inning games.

– Four batters per inning.

– Three swings per batter, with no balls or strikes called on taken pitches. If no contact is made in three swings, a tee is used or a coach can side toss to the batter.

– Six players rotating positions each inning, with no outfielders. The center fielder roams behind the infield.

– No catchers. Coaches catch pitches.

Kaylor Chafin and Nolan Hoffman combined to scatter eight hits Tuesday as 11th-seeded Texas A&M eliminated No. 6 seed Vanderbilt 3-1 on the first day of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Texas A&M withstood an hour-long rain delay to advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Aggies (37-19) face No. 3 seed Georgia (37-17) on Wednesday.

Chafin (5-0) struck out five and allowed six hits, one run and one walk in six innings. Hoffman yielded two hits in three innings of shutout relief for his 13th save.

Vanderbilt (31-25) led 1-0 before Texas A&M scored twice in the fifth inning. Cole Bedford singled home Allonte Wingate to tie the game and later scored an unearned run.

Michael Helman’s two-out bunt single brought home George Janca for an insurance run in the seventh.

Vanderbilt’s Tyler Brown (1-4) allowed five hits and two runs – one earned – in five innings.