Continuing an SHS tradition, this week the Varsity Team traveled to the Alamo City to participate in the San Antonio Comal Classic, a tournament that brings 40 of the top teams from across the state together for a tournament played at 15 sites around the area. It was an exciting three days of baseball against tough competition. In the end, everyone contributed, and the Spartans played their best at critical times to win five straight and finish with a perfect record for the first time in the tournament. This week they finish with the Grand Oaks Tournament before District play begins on March 14.
Spartans 6 - El Paso Socorro Bulldogs 5:
The offensive punch was provided by John White, Paxton Terveen, Brecken Menuet, and Alex Skoutelakis, who each had two hits. Menuet’s included his first homerun of the season. Maddox Garnero, Luke Rives, and Caden Baker each added a hit with Baker’s providing the walk-off victory driving in Luke Barre with the winning run. Tucker Copeland started on the mound, allowing two earned runs in four innings, and Matthew McDuffie got the W pitching two scorless innings.
Spartans 7 - Georgetown Eagles 0:
Next up for the Spartans, the reigning 5A state champion Georgetown Eagles. After a scoreless contest for the first three innings, the Spartans broke it open with 5 runs in the fourth inning to cruise to the victory. Barre paced the hit attack with two while Baker, Terveen, Menuet, and Skoutelakis each added one. Thomas Cloud owned the mound allowing only two hits in five shutout innings to get the win and ground the Eagles.
Spartans 5 - Smithson Valley Rangers 0:
To close out Friday, SHS took on the Rangers on their home field. The top-five ranked team in Texas was ready and had the crowd behind them. The Spartans never blinked and delivered a 5-0 victory for the visitors! Making it possible was a gem on the bump delivered by Paxton Terveen in a true pitchers’ duel! Taking the ball on his birthday, he threw six scoreless innings while striking out eight Rangers. Merchan got the final two outs to preserve the shutout. The offense came on strong in the later innings to secure the W and was led by a three-hit performance by Skoutelakis. Baker, White, Terveen, and Menuet added two hits, and Garnero, Barre, and Braxton Wakefield contributed a hit each.
Spartans 6 - East Central Hornets 5:
Saturday brought two final games against San Antonio schools. First up, the East Central Hornets, and a very special ending. Locked in a tie game and the Spartans down to their last out, Terveen delivered a pinch-hit walkoff homerun to get the Saprtans across the finish line! The rest of the offense included two-hit performances from Henry Braniff and Ryan Healy and hits from Copeland, White, and Carson Craft. Cade Hanlen took the mound and pitched four strong innings, and Harris Timmreck was awarded the win for his 2 innings of relief.
Spartans 23 - Marshall Rams 7:
In the finale, the Spartans scored early and often to preserve a perfect weekend running away from the Rams 23-7. The explosive outburst was led by Terveen with three hits, Ethan Gentil, and Menuet added two hits, and Blake Barry, Baker, Garnero, Wakefield, Barre, Skoutelakis, and Rives contributed a hit each. Craft started the pitching quartet and received the W. Merchan, McDuffie, and Barre also added valuable innings in relief.
The 5-0 weekend, a first for the Spartans at the San Antonio Comal Classic, boosted the Spartans record to 8-3 early in the season.