Teammates match talents in all-star game
June 3, 2013 at 1:03 a.m.
Mitchell McElroy has faced a lot pitchers in his time playing baseball but not one of his teammates.
Playing for the White team at the Victoria College/Chick-Fil-A all-star game, the Shiner St. Paul senior faced off against his teammate Cole Hybner, who pitched for the Maroon team. McElroy, who led off the first inning, wanted to get a hit against Hybner before they all depart ways for college.
Unfortunately, that hit didn't happen for McElroy. The White team, which he played on, fell 5-4 during Monday night's game at Riverside Stadium.
"I was kind of nervous. Cole's a great pitcher," said the senior from Shiner St. Paul, who grounded to third in his only at-bat against his teammate. "I've seen him strike batters out all year. I know what he has. He's a college-type pitcher."
Though it was good times for Hybner, McElroy and Colby Schrade, who also played for the Maroon team, it would be their last time sharing the same field. The three will all go separate ways for college.
"I grown up with him (McElroy) since we were 4 years old," said Hybner, who finished with three strikeouts and one hit in two innings of work. "Before the game, he asked me to throw a fastball right down the middle, first pitch. He looked at it, and I said 'All right, I'm going to strike you out.'"
While McElroy did not have the success he wanted against his teammate at the plate, all three from Shiner St. Paul still had a season to remember. The Cardinals won the TAPPS Class 1A/2A state championship last month, the fourth in school history.
Schrade, who also grew up with McElroy, had never played against his teammates. He did, however, savor the moment.
"It was exciting playing against him. We knew it was just a fun game - just to come out here and do whatever we want to do," said Schrade, who went 0 for 2. "But in the end, we're all one big family."
Phillip Barron, VC's baseball club coach and the one who led the White team Monday night, heard about the successful season Hybner, Schrade and McElroy had. He enjoyed having them partake in the game.
"I know a lot of times, they play with each other. I think they enjoyed it," Barron said. "Anytime you say a good baseball team, you always look up at Shiner St. Paul. They always put up a good group of kids."
After the game, Schrade, Hybner and McElroy took pictures with each other along with their Cardinals coach Cole Franco. For McElroy, playing in the all star game was fun, but it was the moments he shared with Schrade, Hybner and the rest of his high school teammates he will remember.
"I was glad to play my last baseball game with them (Hybner and Schrade)," said McElroy. "I started playing baseball with them since I was 8 years old. I was happy my last game with them was an all-star game."
VC/CHICK-FIL-A ALL-STAR GAME
Maroon 5, White 4
Maroon 100 001 300 - 561
White 000 202 000 - 462
Maroon Batting: Cole Hybner: 1 for 3, Colby Schrade 0 for 2, Blake McCracken 1 for 3; White Batting: Mitchell McElroy 0 for 2 2K, Jerry Vasquez 0 for 0 3BB, Michael Wall 1 for 2 1B