Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker couldnít help but notice the Shiner Bock sign at Dell Diamond in Round Rock when the Comanches played in the 2004 Class 1A state championship game.
Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker will coach the South team in the Class 1A-3A all-star baseball game Saturday in Round Rock. The last time Boedeker coached at Dell Diamond, his Comanches won the 2004 Class 1A state title. Advocate file photo
"Itís still there," Boedeker said. "I remember looking up and seeing that. I was thinking we want to make Shiner known for something other than that."
Boedeker has helped improve Shinerís reputation as a baseball town by winning a state championship as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach.
Boedeker will coach at Dell Diamond for the first time since the Comanches captured a 13-3 win over Follett in the 2004 final in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Associationís Class 1A-3A All-Star Game set for Saturday at noon.
"I see it as a big honor," Boedeker said. "It one of those deals you feel good about because your peers nominate you for it."
Boedeker is looking forward to coaching a South squad that will include Shiner outfielder Kyle Condel, Cuero pitcher Mark Herrera and Schulenburg outfielder Dylan Langhamer.
"Thereís a lot of good ballplayers," Boedeker said. "You want them all to get equal playing time. Itís a fun thing, but you still have to do a little work. Weíre competing to try and win the game."
Boedeker hopes the players who havenít found a place to play next season get a chance to impress any scouts in atten dance.
"Itís another opportunity for them to be seen," Boedeker said. "It gives them another chance to show off their talents."
Boedeker has a career record of 113-35-1 as a head coach and has led Shiner to five consecutive playoff appearances.
The Comanches advanced to the regional quarterfinals this season before losing to District 28-1A foe Flatonia.
"It was kind of like a roller coaster," Boedeker said. "We played well at times and then weíd have one or two games where weíd make some errors.
"We just never got any consistency," he continued.
"We went three rounds deep. But with as many people as we had coming back, itís unfortunate we didnít go farther."
NOTES: Shiner athletic director Steven Cerny has also coached in the all-star game. ... The Class 4A-5A all-star game will be played Sunday at noon at Dell Diamond.
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate.
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