High School Baseball: Rattlers clobber Kennedy for 15-1 Saturday win

By ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Daily Record Sports

Head coach Bryan Webb was happy to see his team’s confidence back up.
 
Coming off of Friday night’s loss to Kerrville-Tivy, San Marcos’ (8-7-1-, 3-3 in District 27-5A)trial by fire season veered back on track with Saturday’s 15-1 win over San Antonio-Kennedy (3-10, 0-6 in District 27-5A) in four and a half innings.
 
The Rattlers’ discipline at the plate put Kennedy’s Ricky Perez in a big hole early. After 13 hits and six walks in the first two innings, San Marcos opened a 15-0 lead and looked nothing like the team that lost loss to the Antlers the day before. Junior pitcher Joel Rodriguez started the afternoon and gave up only one hit in the third inning before being relieved by junior Austin Rounds. Rodriguez’s outing may result in him seeing some time on the mound against Boerne-Champion Tuesday night.
 
“For us there here are no easy ball games,” Webb said. “We came out with a lot of confidence today, hit the ball and did some things.”
 
Webb’s postgame message to his team was about carrying over confidence from Saturday’s win into bigger games against bigger opponents. With the season in full swing, what was once a team that lacked varsity reps and depth is gaining more experience as games roll along. 
 
Whether it was moments like junior Brandon Tobias’ triple that drove in two runs in the second inning or something as subtle as Rounds finishing the game strong after a shaky start, confidence was the vibe at San Marcos baseball stadium and the Rattlers were all smiles both during and after the game.
 
“It felt great because we know we could’ve won (against Tivy),” Tobias said. “It means something that we came back the next day and got this one.”
 
Tobias  also hit a double and was walked in three at-bats before Webb rotated his usual starters out of the game in the third inning.
 
Webb tinkered with the lineup a bit against the Rockets as he truly feels his team is perhaps one or two moments from having a winning district record as opposed to being 3-3. He moved senior David Hamilton into the cleanup spot and shifted Tobias and junior Tyler Moreno into the one and two holes. Moreno recorded one hit and an RBI.
 
“We’re relatively young team right now and we’re learning by fire,” Webb said. “We’ve played a tough schedule, our district’s tough, we’re seeing some good pitching and having to learn by trial and error.”
 
Sophomore Cole Thomson recorded two singles and sophomore Josh Wilder tacked on another. 
 
“Wilder is starting to come around, Miranda is starting to come around,” Webb said. “Tyler Moreno’s coming around on the mound and he’s hitting the baseball.”
 
San Marcos travels to Boerne for its first game against the Chargers Tuesday night.

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