Crossroads teams face big games after break


May 25, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.

The Yoakum, Hallettsville and Shiner baseball teams were back on the practice field, but their workouts were anything but routine.

Seniors at Yoakum and Shiner went through graduation ceremonies on Friday night and a number of Hallettsville players hung around the field to watch Calallen and Boerne Champion play their Class 4A regional semifinal game.

Yoakum, Hallettsville and Shiner will return to playoff action on Saturday, resuming their best-of-three game regional semifinal series.

Hallettsville and Shiner came away with Game 1 wins, while Yoakum will look to bounce back from a Game 1 loss.

Yoakum (23-8) was blitzed 15-1 by Sweeny (28-2) in their Class 3A game in Sealy.

Sweeny was led by Corey Simpson, who hit two home runs and a double and had eight RBIs.

"We cannot give their big hitters anything to hit," said Yoakum coach Bobby Nicholson. "I don't care if we walk them with the bases loaded, one run is better than four."

Yoakum will need to win twice to advance to the regional final against the Boerne-Columbia winner. Boerne won Game 1 2-0.

"Our kids had a good attitude," Nicholson said. "Things went bad and they went bad quick. But they know they deserve to be here. Our kids will play."

Hallettsville (27-8) and Bishop (26-7) were scoreless for nine innings in their Class 2A game at the San Antonio ISD Complex before Braden Kahanek scored on a hit-and-run double by Reagan McAda in the top of the 10th to give the Brahmas a 1-0 win.

Chris Jones pitched the entire game for Hallettsville, while Joseph Rubio went the distance for Bishop.

"It was pretty intense for what you're playing for," said Hallettsville coach Shorty Cook. "Their pitcher, he's a good one. I'm glad it worked out in our favor. I know they're not going to back down."

Hallettsville is a win away from moving into the regional finals against the winner of the Luling-Jarrell series, which got under way Friday.

"We played a lot of ballgames like that in our district," Cook said. "We played 10 and 8 innings against Schulenburg and our games against Weimar were tight. Those games get you ready."

Shiner pitcher Ky Sandelovic limited D'Hanis to one hit in five innings as the Comanches (23-7) rolled to a 10-0 win over the Cowboys (25-5) in their Class 1A game at Converse Judson.

"Our kids had a lot of free time," said Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker. "We tried to maintain our usual routine as much as possible. I think our kids will be ready to go."

Shiner had 11 hits, including a home run by Sandelovic and doubles by Donovan Mardis, Brady Cejka and Zach Reese.

The Comanches are expecting to face D'Hanis pitcher Kaleb Keith, a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi signee.

A win would put Shiner in the regional final for the second consecutive year. The Comanches would play Fayetteville, which defeated Mason 12-4 in a one-game playoff on Thursday night.

"The whole key for us is to continue to put the ball in play," Boedeker said. "We need to be short with our swings and hit line drives and ground balls."



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