This Year in Baseball

Well, the season for McHi’s baseball team has come to an end, and what a great season it was. Early on in the season we missed a few games here and there, but I was able to watch Matthew pitch in an early season tournament. Sadly after that we rarely got to see him play much. But he did play 3rd base a few times and was a courtesy runner.

The team this year definitely deserved a high ranking in the state. I am not sure if they were #1, like they stayed for the last few months of the season. But they were definitely in the top ten. And I think they would have continued after this weekend if a few of the choices were different, but I won’t play backseat baseball coach. Coach Pompa lead this team to an amazing season and without his guidance they would not have made it this far.

Last year they only made it to the Bi-District playoffs and lost there to Eagle Pass. This year they made it to the Regional Semifinals – the Sweet Sixteen. They started off the post season taking two games from Laredo Alexander (5-3, 4-1) in the Bi-District game. Next up they played Weslaco, for the Area title,  taking both early games there as well (12-1, 7-0). In the Regional Quarterfinals they played Brownsville Lopez, showing no mercy and taking it in 2 games (7-1, 2-0). And in the Regional Semi’s, it looked like it was going to be another good showing. Alexis Garza threw a 2-hitter shutout in the first game to win 6-0 over San Antonio Churchill. But day two would be a different story. After two very exciting games (which was very welcome to some of us McHi fans, as some games were starting to get a bit boring) SA Churchill took the Region Semi title beating the Bulldogs 5-3 and 5-4 with the last game going into extra innings after a 4-4 tie in the 7th.

We had a great time following their season this year a well as going to the JV games for Zachary. Matthew is graduating Saturday, so he is done with High School Baseball. We still have two years of watching Zach play ball, and maybe some college after that for both of them. Time to put the foldup chairs in storage until next year.

Texas Back Roads

What do you do in Texas on hot weekends in May? You drive to Laredo for some Texas High School baseball playoffs, what else! Being our second trip to the area to do just that, we decided to take the Falfurrius route again, instead of driving up highway 83 along the border. And boy was I glad we did that. It was like taking a trip back in time.

Once you turn off 281, onto 285 in Falfurrius you see the old city “main street”. Yea, some of the old building are boarded up and closed, the old gas pumps long rusted away. But it gets you in the frame of mind of a small town road. The type of road I used to see as a kid when I would take trips with Dad to go to the races. Driving here and there when 281 was a 2 lane road, corner stores weren’t open 24/7 and sometimes you would go miles without seeing other traffic.

When was the last time you used for hi-beams, or floored it to pass another car? On this trip back home, I actually used my hi-beams for the first time since getting the truck 18 months ago (and WOW are they bright!). Miles and miles of ranch land (not ugly old overgrown brush like you see sometimes today), livestock grazing an evening meal. People pulling over to allow you to pass or even the friendly wave of thanks when you do so for them. And what about the small run down looking mexican restaurant that you would guess is actually closed, but it has 20 farm truck parked outside, making you wonder why you are driving past it instead of stopping by for a meal.

To me, that is they way to travel. Minimal traffic, nice flowing landscapes to look at all afternoon, and even the border patrol check point only had 2 officers there. What a relaxing time it was! Sure we were out in the middle of no-where, but being no-where is rather nice!