Like some Shakespearian tragedy, so goes Sharyland’s baseball program.
I’ve been doing this sports writing deal for more than 20 years, and I can’t think of a program that’s been so stacked with talent on the receiving end of so much bad luck recently. Some of it has just been bizarre.
The latest instance happened on Friday night in San Antonio where the heavily favored Rattlers took on Eagle Pass on a one game playoff in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals.
A series of disputed calls from Sharyland in the final two innings led to the downfall of the Rattlers and the end of their season. The clincher was a bases loaded, two out balk that allowed Eagle Pass to pull out a 10 9 victory in the bottom of the eighth. That came an inning after Sharyland was one out away from securing a 9 7 victory. But, the Rattlers allowed two runs thanks to a controversial hit batsman in which an Eagle Pass batter was awarded first base after he was hit in the helmet despite the fact he swung at the pitch. Later, Tres Barrera was taken out at second base on what could cheap mlb jerseys for sale have been a game ending double play. Instead, Barrera dropped the ball and two runs scored on the play, leading to extra innings. Barrera and Sharyland coach Barton Bickerton protested the call, saying the runner slid past second base and should have been ruled out. That went nowhere.
Friday’s outcome fits into the tragic narrative of what have been the misfortunes of Sharyland baseball over the last four years. The Rattlers’ shortfalls in baseball are becoming the stuff of legend maybe infamy in the South Texas sports circles.
From the Corpus Christi Caller Times Twitter feedon Friday night: “Gotta feel for Sharyland’s Bart Bickerton. He’s suffered his share of heartbreakers in elimination games. A good man, deserves better.”
Corpus Christi Carroll baseball coach Lee Yeager offered several tweets about the way the game ended. He questioned why the umpires would call a balk in such a situation. He even questioned whether the pitch was a balk in the first place. His final tweet on the matter: “I’m going to say one last WOWI don’t even have a dog in this fight but I love Hs baseball and that hurt me to watch given sharys history.”
It truly made me wonder if the baseball gods are indeed conspiring against the Sharyland Rattlers.
I witnessed my own tragic moment in Sharyland baseball history in 2010 when I covered the Rattlers’ one game regional quarterfinal playoff against La Joya. With Sharyland holding a 5 4 lead going to the bottom of the ninth inning, I made my way down from the press box at La Joya High’s baseball field so I could get postgame quotes. Like I always do, I was writing the game story in my head. I was writing a Sharyland pulls out an extra inning victory story. I had to scrap that when Lee Ramirez reached on a two out single on a grounder that was perfectly placed between the third baseman and shortstop. Edgar Flores followed with a two run game winning homer.
In 2011, the Rattlers were taken out by Laredo United in a one game bi district playoff. United scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to secure a 3 2 victory.
Last season wasn’t as tragic for the Rattlers. They advanced to the regional semifinal round and were swept in two games by a talented Carroll team that was led by cheap Courtney Hawkins jersey, who was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago White Sox jerseys two weeks after that series.
Life will go on for the Rattlers. They will no doubt return with a talented team next year, and they will be poised for a long playoff run.