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Memorial ready for stretch drive

By MIKE FORMAN
April 22, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.


District 27-5A Standings*Carroll 11-1

*Memorial 10-2

*King 9-3

Judson 6-6

Wagner 5-7

South San 3-9

East Central 3-9

Highlands 1-11

*Clinched playoff berth

Senior outfielder Robbie Trenck has a theory why the Memorial baseball team struggled so much at the beginning of the season.

Trenck doesn't believe the Vipers weren't trying hard enough. He is convinced they were trying too hard.

"I think it was a confidence thing," said Trenck, who is hitting .328. "You've got to believe that you can do it. You just go up and do it. People were coming up thinking, 'I've got to do this. I've got to do this.' People were trying to do too much. You just have to do what you've got to do. Try for the base hit. Don't think too hard and have fun."

The Vipers have been enjoying their final season even more since clinching a District 27-5A playoff berth and putting themselves in position to win a share of the district title.

Memorial has a 13-4 record since opening the season at 3-7-1.

The Vipers (16-11-1, 10-2) will go for their seventh consecutive district win when they travel to Converse to play Judson (10-13, 6-6) on Friday at 7 p.m.

"We played a lot of really good teams in those tournaments," said senior catcher Jake Goyen, who is hitting a team-leading .412. "We weren't really where we needed to be as a team. We're playing well lately and I think we should carry that on in the playoffs."

Trenck felt the turnaround began to take shape in a win over San Antonio East Central to close out the first round of district play.

"Everybody was hitting the ball and a couple of people hit home runs," he said. "It was base hit after base hit and we got some good pitching in that game. We realized this is the team we could be and since then everybody has been hitting the ball."

The Vipers are currently in sole possession of second place and will finish no worse than second if they defeat Judson (6-6) and win their final district game at home against East Central on Friday, April 30.

Memorial could gain a share of the district lead with a win over Judson, if Corpus Christi King beats Corpus Christi Carroll on Friday night.

"We still have to go out there ready to play," Goyen said. "We can't have any slip ups."

If the Vipers finish first or second, they would likely play either San Antonio Clark or San Antonio Jay in the bi-district playoffs.

"Some people are hitting the ball well, but we still have one or two people who aren't hitting the ball well," Trenck said. "Once we get everybody hitting the ball and our pitching and defense is on 100 percent, we'll be a lot better."

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