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March 4th, 2010
Rattlers hit pre-district season the hard way


San Marcos High School baseball coach Bryan Webb has scheduled a vigorous pace for his team led by three four-year seniors and at least two solid pitchers at the front of the rotation.

The Rattlers entered this weekend’s Brenham Tournament having established some credentials and taken some lumps, running a 3-3 record after finishing their own San Marcos Tournament last Saturday night with a 4-3 win against local power New Braunfels.

The Rattlers were to play Brenhan, ranked No. 1 by the state baseball coaches in Class 4A, in a Thursday night game after playing Texas City in the afternoon. Friday, the Rattlers will face Houston Lamar and Houston Westbury, two other strong programs. Saturday’s opposition will be determined by the results from the earlier two days.

“We’ll be ready for district,” said Webb after his No. 2 starter, Ryan Schweers, exhibited lively stuff and even better composure in the Saturday night win against New Braunfels, taking his record to 2-0. “We’ve taken on the philosophy from football here that we’re going to play tough competition and get ourselves ready.”

Schweers worked through two infield errors to allow only one run in the fourth, after the Rattlers had taken a 3-1 lead. Schweers kept the Unicorns beating the ball into the ground until the sixth, when he let a couple pitches stay up and allowed two loud doubles. But the Unicorns stopped scoring after those two hits brought them within 4-3. In the seventh, Schweers proved that fatigue hadn’t gotten the better of him, setting down the Unicorns with three ground balls.

Another heartening development during the San Marcos Tournament was Blake Bagley’s outing against state power Lubbock Estacado. Although Bagley lost the game, 2-0, he struck out 13 hitters and allowed only two hits in five innings.

The Rattlers paid, perhaps, for early season lineup experimentation in losses of 14-3 to Keller Central and 8-1 to Wagner, but they tacked on a 13-2 win against East Central. The Rattlers opened their season with a 4-3 win at Killeen Ellison on Feb. 22.

“We’re putting some lineups out there now to see what some of our players can do,” Webb said.

Webb is looking for the surrounding pieces to go with a veteran core of seniors Bagley, Schweers and Jeremy Gonzalez. The Rattlers have a little less than two weeks to gel their ball club before the District 17-4A season begins.

The Rattlers will return home on March 9 to play Cibolo Steele, then play next weekend in the Austin ISD Tournament. The district opener will take place on March 16 at Hays.

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