In order to keep its playoff drive alive, the Shiner baseball team will need to steal a page out of Ernie Banks' quote book.
Shiner pitcher Scott Shimek delivers a pitch earlier in Shiner's season. Shimek has led Shiner to a 25-4 record with 13 wins and only 2 losses. Harry Reese, Special to the Advocate
Let's play two.
After dropping Game 1 of a Region IV-A semifinal series to Thorndale on Wednesday, the Comanches must win Games 2 and 3 on Saturday to continue the defense of their 2004 Class A state championship.
That's no easy task against the state's No. 1 team.
"We realize we probably went out and put too much pressure on ourselves (in Game 1)," said Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker, whose team lost the series opener 3-2. "We just need to go out and be our natural selves."
That formula has worked well to this point for the Comanches, who are 25-4.
Led by the all-state battery of pitcher Scott Shimek and catcher Chris Baer -- not to mention infielder Jared Boedeker, who is hitting .600 over the past four weeks -- Shiner has worn the label of "defending state champs" well.
"They've done everything we've expected them to do," Boedeker said.
Saturday, the Comanches will be forced to do something few expect them to do. Play two.
"If we go out and play like we're capable, we can force a Game 3 and maybe win the series," Boedeker said.