CL Hawks’ Magical Season (1st of 3 Part Series)
A magical year for Canyon Lake’s Baseball team that would end this season with several records by individuals and as a team.
It was a season that was primed with a shortened season in 2020 because of Covid. Then a wait and see what might happen when this year came with a blow dryer out of a Frozen February and into a campaign that had more highs than lows on this roller coaster of ebbs and flows.
Realistically, the only people that knew Canyon Lake had a chance of this potentially being a break-out year was the Hawk Coaching Staff and Fans.
Last year’s team lost some deserving players that did not have an opportunity to finish but last year’s start, would be an opening act for a year that will become a flag bearer for future CL teams.
Replacing a centerfielder, Brandon Robinson, would be a tough act but by the middle of the season a newcomer had entrenched himself as that every day player in Matthew McLain.
How bout no errors for this year in the outfield and then at the plate McLain would lead this team with an on base percentage of .581. Don’t forget a batting average that came in 2nd at .421 which will place this player at the top of the All-Time batting average for players with over 100 plate appearances. Not a bad year.
That player to finish above McLain’s batting average was Chase Anderson. Starting this season, Anderson made his first plate appearance as a pinch-hitter at 7th in the batting order.
In fact, Anderson started this year with a .100 batting average in his first 6 contests and was not in the line-up for two of those games. Then, in his next 20 games, Chase would reach base safely batting .500 (28-56) and a .569 on base percentage.
Anderson was part of a combo catcher with Junior Dalton Stanley. Anderson was a versatile player and was a regular in the infield at either short stop or third base, based on who would be pitching.
A Swiss Army Knife deluxe that would make MacGyver smile.
Speaking of Stanley, this young man was relegated as a catcher only status during his first two seasons. This year, Stanley would earn some plate time and batted a respectable .273 and had more walks (7) than strikeouts (4) in his 40 plate appearances.
This catcher’s duo (Chase & Dalton) will return next season to continue as quarterbacking this team behind the plate while throwing out 18 baserunners at a .346 rate.
Another rags to riches story was reached by Tanner Schultz as a batter. Yes, his pitching has been a great addition these past 3 seasons and winning 8 games was the second most in a season after a stellar season on the mound by Tyler Pauly.
Schultz became a force at the plate this year as this young man came into the year with a pedestrian .198 batting average. Contrast that with his .352 average this season after collecting 11 more hits than reached in those first two.
Every facet of Schultz’s batting was an improvement when comparing his first two campaigns with this year’s showing.
Tanner Schultz At Bats Runs Hits RBI 2b 3b HR BB SO AVE OBP SLG First 2 Years 106 11 21 15 6 0 1 7 19 .198 .286 .283 This Season 91 13 32 18 8 1 1 18 15 .352 .482 .516 Three Year Composite 197 24 53 33 14 1 2 25 34 .269 .385 .381 Freshman 52 3 8 7 2 0 0 3 14 .154 .192 .224 Sophomore 54 8 13 8 4 0 1 4 5 .241 .317 .370
This segment of the article is for those Hawk players that did not produce like they would have liked. Study these numbers and know that with age comes wisdom and if these Schultz numbers play out in the same ballpark for those players, that were disappointed in their production, then know that things change and that is especially true for baseball.
The ReSporter will continue this overview of this past season and below you have the players that are etched in stone for season & career stats.
Achieved Records that were reached by CL & Seniors are in Hawk Green.
SEASON Place # CAREER Place # AT BATS Tyler Pauly 1st 104 Tyler Pauly 3rd 215 Hunter Anderson 2nd 97 Tanner Schultz 5th 199 Tanner Schultz 3rd 93 James LaLonde 14th 160 Chase Anderson 4th 86 Griffen Williams 6th 80 Matthew McLain 7th 76 James LaLonde 11th 75 RUNS James LaLonde 1st 30 James LaLonde 2nd 54 Tyler Pauly 2nd 29 Tyler Pauly 5th 43 Hunter Anderson 3rd 27 Ty Sellers 22nd 27 Matthew McLain 5th 23 Hunter Anderson 22nd 27 Peyton McMullen 6th 22 Peyton McMullen 24th 25 Chase Anderson 8th 20 Matthew McLain 25th 23 HITS Chase Anderson 1st 37 Tyler Pauly 3rd 75 Tyler Pauly 2nd 36 Tanner Schultz 6th 54 Tanner Schultz 3rd 32 James LaLonde 7th 53 Matthew McLain 3rd 32 Chase Anderson 20th 39 Hunter Anderson 5th 31 Hunter Anderson 22nd 34 Griffen Williams 9th 28 Matthew McLain 25th 32 James LaLonde 11th 24 RBI’s Griffen Williams 1st 38 Tyler Pauly 1st 61 Tyler Pauly 2nd 33 Griffen Williams 7th 38 Chase Anderson 3rd 22 Tanner Schultz 8th 35 Hunter Anderson 4th 21 James LaLonde 10th 29 Tanner Schultz 4th 21 Chase Anderson 12th 27 Matthew McLain 6th 19 Hunter Anderson 19th 23 BASE on BALLS Tyler Pauly 1st 36 Tyler Pauly 1st 63 Matthew McLain 2nd 24 James LaLonde 9th 30 James LaLonde 5th 18 Matthew McLain 15th 24 Tanner Schultz 5th 18 Hunter Anderson 16th 20 Hunter Anderson 5th 18 STOLEN BASES James LaLonde 3rd 13 Tyler Pauly 4th 23 Tyler Pauly 3rd 13 James LaLonde 5th 20 Jeremy Greene 12th 12 BATTING AVERAGE DOUBLES Chase Anderson 2nd .430 Tyler Pauly 2nd 17 Matthew McLain 3rd .421 Tanner Schultz 4th 14 ON BASE PERCENTAGE TRIPLES Matthew McLain 1st .581 Tyler Pauly 3rd 3 Tyler Pauly 6th .518 Tanner Schultz 7th 2 Chase Anderson 8th .510 SLUGGING PERCENTGAGE HOME RUNS Griffen Williams 1st .659 Griffen Williams 1st 6 Chase Anderson 6th .547 Tanner Schultz 8th 2 Matthew McLain 7th .539 Tyler Pauly 8th .529 Tanner Schultz 10th .516 INNINGS PITCHED Tanner Schultz 2nd 75.1 Tanner Schultz 1st 156.1 Tyler Pauly 3rd 72.1 Tyler Pauly 2nd 149.1 STRIKEOUTS Tyler Pauly 1st 94 Tyler Pauly 1st 190 Tanner Schultz 2nd 78 Tanner Schultz 2nd 152 Peyton McMullen 11th 40 Peyton McMullen 10th 61 EARNED RUN AVERAGE Peyton McMullen 3rd 0.81 Peyton McMullen 1st 1.44 Tyler Pauly 4th 1.17 Tyler Pauly 2nd 1.74 Tanner Schultz 8th 2.20 Tanner Schultz 3rd 2.29 Hunter Anderson 9th 2.95 Hunter Anderson 5th 2.80 WINS Tyler Pauly 1st 11 Tanner Schultz 1st 20 Tanne Schultz 2nd 8 Tyler Pauly 2nd 18 Peyton McMullen 9th 3 Peyton McMullen 9th 4 SAVES Peyton McMullen 2nd 2 Peyton McMullen 2nd 3 Hunter Anderson 2nd 3