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Coach: Flyers baseball team peaking at right time

By Julie Garcia
April 14, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2014 at 11:14 p.m.

St. Joseph's Jacob Vasquez catches a ground ball  in the Flyers' game against St. Stephens at Riverside Stadium on Monday night.

In a game that seemed to mirror their fluctuating season, the St. Joseph Flyers grabbed the lead Monday night at Riverside Stadium and didn't give it back.

St. Joseph (13-12, 6-1) defeated Austin St. Stephen's 15-5 in its final non-district game of the season.

After being down by three runs in the first two innings, the Flyers came back in the third inning to make three runs to even the score and then scored 12 more times.

A.J. Calvo, a St. Joseph catcher, said any time the team plays well, it's good for the players' confidence.

"We get to see a lot of people play, and a lot of freshmen come up and play - they did great today," Calvo, a senior, said. "It's great experience for them."

One of the freshman to see action Monday was Tyler Coleman.

Coleman, a center fielder, caught a deep fly ball in the fourth inning to help stop any offensive attempts made by St. Stephen's.

"We seem to have momentum, and we have a positive attitude right now," Coleman said. "We really seem to be gelling together and winning ball games."

The Flyers scored 15 times off nine hits in the five-inning game.

Jacob Vasquez hit 3 for 3 and brought in three teammates in the fourth inning.

Michael Brawner went 2 for 3 and had three RBIs.

"One thing we've been working on this season has been that each pitch is going to be the most important one," Calvo said. "You have to focus and be ready on each pitch."

Coach Mike Shimek said the Flyers are executing well with only two district games left.

"We're putting the ball on the bat better than we have in a while - I'm very pleased with that," he said.

With an oscillating overall record, Shimek said the team is peaking at an opportune time - the last leg of the district race.

"We had a slow start today and always have to battle adversity," Shimek said."It was good for us to be down in the beginning and know we have to do what it takes to even things up and go ahead."

One game that Coleman would like to replay would be the team's first district game against Austin Hyde Park, which the Flyers lost 13-1 and is the team's only district loss.

"We've really matured since then, and I think if we play them again, we'd have better camaraderie and play better as a team," Coleman said.

St. Joseph will take on San Antonio Texas Military Institute on Tuesday in San Antonio. Shimek said the game could lock a playoff spot for the Flyers.

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