FEAST Patriots Baseball
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” homerun! 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!
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.
For more information about the baseball outreach program in Costa Rica sponsored by Vital Seed Ministries, visit www.impactocostarica.org.