It hasn't taken Jared Boedeker long to make an impact since returning to the Shiner lineup.
Shiner catcher Mark Casteel awaits the throw as Faith Academy's Eric Salinas scores during the fifth inning of Saturday's game. Shiner claimed a 5-3 win in nine innings. Miguel Luna, Advocate Staff Photographer
Boedeker has played in only five games this season because of a knee injury suffered during football season, but he's quickly making up for lost time.
Boedeker hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to lead Shiner to a 5-3 win over Faith Academy on Saturday at the Faith Academy field.
"Jared came through again," Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker said. "He loves being in those pressure situations. He comes through every time."
Shiner had the bases loaded when Boedeker came to the plate against Faith Academy reliever Eric Salinas. He fell behind in the count 1-2 before lining the ball into left field to score Kyle Condel and Justin Joslin.
"Coach Boedeker told me to take a first strike and then I looked at a good curveball," said Jared Boedeker, who went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and four RBIs in Shiner's 14-5 win over Louise on Friday that clinched the District 30-1A championship. "But he served me one up and I did what I did."
The Comanches improved to 18-3 behind a complete-game pitching performance by Colten Henley.
Henley yielded seven hits and two earned runs. The junior left-hander struck out 12 and did not walk a batter.
"I thought Colton did a great job of competing," Daniel Boedeker said of Henley, who threw 85 of his 115 pitches for strikes. "He threw all three of his pitches for strikes. He did a good job of keeping them off balance and that was the key to his success."
Shiner took a 2-0 lead against Faith Academy starter Daniel Seals in the second inning on a two-run double by Kyle Condel.
The Cougars (19-5-2), who were playing their third game in three days, tied the game with solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Seals doubled to lead off the fourth and courtesy runner Marco Zamarrippa took third on a wild pitch before scoring on Patrick Broome's sacrifice fly. Broome went 3-for-3 and scored Faith Academy's final run in the ninth on a double steal.
Salinas reached on an error with one out in the fifth and scored on a two-out double by Mike Graff.
"These kids went out and battled against a well-coached, state championship team," Faith Academy coach Randy Reed said.
Shiner catcher Chris Baer missed the game to attend an orientation at Trinity University in San Antonio, but his replacement, sophomore Mark Casteel, had two hits, including a leadoff single in the ninth.
Courtesy runner Ky Pohler was forced out at second on a sacrifice attempt by Condel, but the Comanches loaded the bases when Justin Joslin reached on an error and Scott Shimek was intentionally walked.
Salinas retired Ryan Kloesel on a foul pop behind the plate caught by catcher Casey Newman. But Boedeker's hit put Shiner on top and Chase O'Connor followed with a single to bring home an insurance run.
"The doctor told me there might be some pain from the scar tissue, but I've been feeling really good," Jared Boedeker said. "Today was a great team effort."