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Shiner rolls to Class A title
School gets second title in three years with 13-3 win

Friday, June 11, 2004
Matthew Obernauer, Austin American-Statesman Staff

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Shiner's Seniors Celebrate
Brady Strauss, center, hoists the Class 1A championship trophy Friday afternoon with teammates Garet Pustka, left, and Marcus Lopez after Shiner won the Class A championship with a 13-3 win over Follett.
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Shiner's Russell Boothe
Shiner's Russell Boothe heads for home plate after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning as the Comanches won the Class A title.
Associated Press photo
ROUND ROCK -- Shiner needed fewer than five innings Friday to bring home its second state baseball title in three years, with a 13-3 win over Follett in the Class A championship game.

Scott Shimek, who had a save in Shiner's come-from-behind win in the semifinals against Maud, did not give up an earned run in the complete-game victory. In the fifth inning, the junior fielded the game's final ground ball and tossed it to first.

"I thought, 'Just make a good throw, and we'll be state champs,' " Shimek said. "Winning a state championship and doing it by 10-run rule -- it's more than I could have imagined."

After digging themselves a 2-0 hole in the top of the first, the Comanches jumped on Follett pitchers, scoring three runs in the first inning and five in the second.

Leadoff hitter Chris Baer led the Shiner onslaught, going 3 for 4, driving in four runs and scoring one. Baer, Shiner's centerfielder, was named the game's most valuable player.

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