Varsity Baseball Starts Off With 3-3 Record
By Ann Barry, 03/02/23, 12:25PM CST
After a tough extra-inning loss in the opener against Bridgeland, the Varsity headed across town to play in the David Anzaldua Memorial Tournament hosted by Deer Park and La Porte High Schools.
- The Spartans wasted no time getting in the win column. Playing the Kinkaid Falcons, the bats were hot and the defense stout as the team cruised to a 14-0 victory. Brecken Menuet (3H/4RBI) and John White (2H/R) contributed multi-hit games to lead the attack. Adding a hit apiece were Caden Baker (3R/2RBI), Adam Gilbert (4RBI), Paxton Terveen (RBI), Braxton Wakefield (2R), Luke Barre (3R), and Alex Skoutelakis (2RBI). Tucker Copeland took the mound and shut down the Falcons, throwing a complete game shutout (2H/4K) to grab the win. To cap it off, the defense turned in an error-free effort to secure the victory.
- Next up for the Spartans, the New Caney Eagles. An early lead coupled with another solid defensive performance resulted in a 6-0 victory. Wakefield led the way with a three-hit game that included the team’s first home run of the season. Luke Rives, Maddox Garnero, Terveen, Barre, and Skoutelakis all collected hits to round out the offense. On the hill, Thomas Cloud held the Eagles scoreless over the first five innings (2H/3K), and Cade Hanlen closed the door with two clean innings in relief (2K).
- On Friday, the Clear Brook Wolverines were the opponent. The Spartans scored 6 runs over the first three innings to secure the 6-1 win. Henry Braniff (2R/3RBI) and Ryan Healy (2RBI) collected two hits apiece to pace the offense. Gilbert and Rives provided the other knocks to round out the Spartans' six-hit attack. Carson Craft started the game on the bump and threw three strong innings (2H/2K) to grab the win with Matthew McDuffie pitching two scoreless innings in relief (2H/3K).
In the Friday nightcap, the boys squared off against the Clear Springs Chargers. In a game dominated by great pitching efforts, the Chargers hung on to defeat the Spartans 2-1. Terveen was on the hill for the first four innings, giving up only an infield hit and no earned runs (3K) to a talented Chargers squad. In relief, Christian Merchan kept it close with two strong shutout innings out of the bullpen (3K). The Chargers limited our offense to two hits (Terveen, Menuet) to hold on for the victory.
In the finale, the Tomball Cougars clawed their way to an 11-5 win over SHS. Baker (2RBI) and Skoutelakis led the offense with two hits apiece. Also collecting hits were Blake Barry and Gilbert (RBI). Wakefield spread one hit (2K) over his two innings of relief.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-3 through the first six games of the young season.