Shiner Gazette
Comanches eliminated in quarterfinal
May 22, 2008

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Kyle Condel hits a home run in the first inning of the game against Flatonia.
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If one could erase one inning, the regional quarterfinal between Flatonia and Shiner would have been a good game for the Comanches.

But a game includes every inning, including the 6-run rally by Flatonia in the third inning last Friday in Weimar.

The Bulldogs had only two hits in the inning but three Comanche errors kept the inning alive for Flatonia as they added to their 4-2 lead and eventual 10-3 win. Flatonia now advances to the regional semi-final against Johnson City.

"We were all disappointed in the outcome," said Coach Daniel Boedeker, "but things like that happen in baseball.

"I told the guys they had a good season overall, especially when we made it to three rounds in the playoffs."

Shiner opened the game on a positive note with a 2-run home run in the first inning. After Matthew Hibbs reached on a sacrifice, Kyle Condel connected with the ball and sent it over the left field fence for a home run. But that would be all the offense the Comanches could generate until the fifth inning when they added a single run.

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Shortstop Matthew Hibbs gets set to throw to first.
Flatonia answered in the bottom of the first with a run on one hit and an error. Cote Schacherl was safe on an error and then stole second. Chris Migl drove him home with a single to cut Shiner's led to one.

Flatonia's Dakota Pinney, who scattered six hits in the game, then shut down the Comanches the next three innings, with Shiner getting only one runner on base on an error.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, scored three runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead. Dakota Pinney, Jordan Williams, Hunter Pinney and Schacherl each had a single and the Comanches committed another error.

Flatonia then sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning to score six runs and up the lead to 10-2. The Bulldogs had just two hits in the inning, but three walks and three errors had runners rounding the bases before the side was retired.

Condel then settled down and retired nine of the final 11 batters, striking out six.

Shiner fought back in the fifth but could score only one run. Gabe McAfee opened with single, Drew Stafford followed with a double. D.J. Pustka struck out and Matthew Hibbs hit a fly ball to center to score McAfee. With two outs, Condel was walked intentionally. Julian Longoria singled to center but Stafford was thrown out at home on a perfect throw from Jordan Williams from center field to end the inning.

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Third baseman Drew Hagens fields the grounder and begins his throw to first.
The Comanches lost another opportunity in the sixth, leaving the bases loaded. Ryan Lawrence doubled to open the inning, Drew Hagens singled and Cullen Koenning walked to load the bases. Pinney then struck out the next three batters to shut down the threat.

In the seventh, Pinney got Hibbs to fly out to left and struck out Condel and Longoria to preserve his win.

Pinney gave up six hits, four walks and struck out 12. He also had three hits and drove in a run. Bryce Mica, running for Pinney, scored two runs. Schacherl had one hit, one run and three RBIs. Scoring two runs apiece were Jordan Williams and Hunter Pinney.

Condel also struck out 12, walked four and gave up eight hits.

Except for the Shiner miscues, the game was a pretty good match up.

Besides Condel's 2-RBI home run, the Comanches got hits from Stafford, McAfee, Hagens, Lawrence and Longoria. Hibbs had an RBI sacrifice and scored a run.

Shiner ends the season with a 17-9-1 record.


  Game of May 17, 2008

            1 2 3  4 5 6  7      F

  Shiner    2 0 0  0 2 0  0  --  3
  Flatonia  1 3 6  0 0 0  0  -- 10

  Class 1A Regional Quarterfinal at Weimar
  Kyle Condel and Drew Stafford. Dakota Pinney and Hunter Pinney.
  W: D. Pinney (9-1). L: Condel (8-5).
  Highlights: (S) Condel 1-for-3, 2-run HR; Ryan Lawrence 1-for-2, 2B.
  (F) D. Pinney 7 IP, 6 H, 12 SO, 3-for-4, RBI; Cote Schacherl 1-for-3, 3 RBIs;
  Jordan Williams 2-for-3, 2 RBIs; H. Pinney 1-for-4, 2 RBIs.

  Records: Shiner 17-9-1; Flatonia 20-5-1.

  Note: Flatonia advances to regional semifinal against Johnson City.

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