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.