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Baseball: Canyon Lake Hawk’s Sales Pitch!

Monday, January 11th, 2021

                                             Hunter Anderson bringing the heat.     rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR]

CANYON LAKE’S  SALES PITCH

The Hawks baseball program has had several bleak years since that second season Area Finalist team during the 2010 season. That club had some good pitchers and a decent line-up able to score runs that helped lead this club past Devine in Bi-District and then taking Hidalgo to a best of three loss with a chance to win in that last inning of play.

That would be the high mark for the next 8 years until the 2018 team was able to reach a playoff spot as the 4th seed and quick one game exit against Wimberley. This crew reached the 12 win plateau that had a team .215 batting average to go with a 5.41 era from the pitching side.

Senior Avery Montgomery reached 80 innings and had a respectable 3.31 era with 6 wins that year. Sophomore Matt Anderson was next pitching 31 innings but still had some control problems keeping him tied with JT Greene with 2 wins. That would be the second most for that year.

CL had some Freshman during the 2017 year that would grow up into a decent 2020 group that could beat any team not named Covid, finishing with a 12-2 record that was left without a chance to see how far that season might have gone.

In 2017, Freshman Matt Anderson, had one official at bat that was recorded and a base on ball plate appearance that season. Anderson did not pitch that year. Freshman Brandon Robinson and Mason Lee did not make the varsity as they were both being relegated to Junior Varsity play only.

One Freshman with an impact was Caleb Williams who was promoted primarily based on how well he played defense in the outfield. Williams finished his first year of varsity with a .169 batting average which happened to be the 5th best average for that team.

Cale Claycomb was another freshman that turned some heads on the pitching mound with a team best 4.00 era a win and two saves. If that does not sound impressive then take into account that this team finished with 3 wins. That will show you that Claycomb was instrumental in all three victories.

Recap Freshman on the 2017 Varsity Roster:

Ethan Slater used as a pinch runner with one run scored. Anderson with one official plate appearance and reaching base with a walk.

Claycomb reached the batter’s box 6 times with no hits and one rbi while scoring 2 runs and the numbers mentioned earlier for Williams.

 

        BATTING          ab   r   h  bi  2b  3b  hr  bb  so   ave  obp .slg
        2017 Freshman    66   7  10   3   2   0   0   5  18  .152 .233 .197
        2020 Seniors    224  57  66  47   8   2   4  42  59  .295 .451 .402

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        PITCHING         ip   h   r  er  bb  so   era   W  L  S
        2017 Freshman  28.1  35  24  16  14  24  3.98   1  0  2
        2020 Seniors   42.0  29  22   9  30  49  1.49   3  1  0

Canyon Lake allowed a total of 24 runs in 14 games and in 2020 with no opponent able to record 4 runs in those 14 outings.

Now that is a sales pitch for what might be in store for this coming season that has peaked some interest locally for what could be a break-out year on the diamond.

The Hawks will still have a lot of young talent ready for action with the two main pitchers still having availability with Senior Tyler Pauly and Junior Tanner Schultz.

These two players had a combined .026 earned run average (era) and 8 of the 12 wins last year.

Add a bevy of Sophomore’s with more players prepared for an Arms Race that should help in replacing last year’s Seniors (Claycomb & Anderson).

Pitching can carry a team at any level but for a high school schedule having abundant Arms will help when district starts when there are just two games a week allowing pitchers to rest their arms for the next battle.

Needing help in games that a team might pose a problem, The Lake, has enough pitching to stop a rally and during those middle innings allowing CL’s offense time to stage a comeback and a possible win.

One last thought for this ‘Arms Race’ comes from a limited number of games played by the Hawks Junior Varsity.

Canyon Lake’s JV was able to play two district opponents that has been perennial tough outs in district play in past seasons. Beating Boerne and Fredericksburg with two game sweeps gave a good indication that the barn is full for this year and future years coming up.

An Arms Race is imperative and will certainly not guarantee a win but after a year that had Canyon Lake’s defense having their best performance ever with a .960 fielding percentage and having an offense that was also tops in all time averages will help during those outing that pitching might not be in a groove.

 

                        TOP 3 BATTING & FIELDING HAWK TEAMS

                   Batting Average               Fielding Average
                1) 2020      .286             1) 2020       .964
                2) 2009      .283             2) 2019       .928
                3) 2019      .269             3) 2018       .904

At this writing, there are 26 days left before Canyon Lake will battle Cuero in their first exhibition game starting at Noon on February 6th.

Let the Count Down begin and Go Hawks!!

First in a Series for a 2021 Spring Sports Preview

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

James LaLonde scoring a run in Medina Valley win last season.    (photo by mjr photography  Mark Robinson)

 

A look into the Spring sports season with playoff implications that would also involve each Hawk Basketball team.

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CL Boy’s All-Time Dual Sport Athletes

Monday, July 6th, 2020

                                               Jacob Foster showing off his signing papers in choosing his next stop in The Air Force!!

 

Passing the time, has The ReSporter, taking a look at who might be the top dual boys athletes in these early stages of Canyon Lake Hawk history.

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CL Hawk Baseball & What Could Have Been with Season Stats

Monday, April 20th, 2020

                              Caleb Williams and Hawks finished season with a .962 Fielding Percentage.
rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

First off The ReSporter will start off with the team stats to help put in perspective how this Hawk team compared to past Canyon Lake teams. With a caveat for the future as The ReSporter has both Varsity and Junior Varsity season stats.

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What Happens Now? & Baseball’s All-Time Top 10

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

            Tyler Pauly picking cotton in win over Robstown Cotton Pickers.     rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

What happens now?

All of the Spring Sports have officially finished because of China and now Canyon Lake will end promising seasons for several Senior Students that did not have an opportunity to finish what they started.

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CL Baseball Stays Ready for Some, ‘Play Ball’!!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Caleb Williams has been one of many Hawks with a good fielding percentage.      [Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

Canyon Lake Baseball was well positioned to make a serious run for a playoff as well as a district championship when the Chinese Virus stopped all high school sports by the middle of March.

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Canyon Lake’s Baseball Team Stats

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

          CL Hawks after one of 12 Wins this season. [Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

The ReSporter continues to dig deep into the Baseball stats for comparing where this present team in relation to previous Hawk Teams.

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CL Hawks Baseball’s, Coaches Corner & Top 5 Stats

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Matt Anderson going for a hit instead of a walk at this at bat.       [Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

Canyon Lake ended their non-district slate with a 3 game winning streak and have amassed their best record ever with 12 wins when the district season gets going.

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Bad News & Good News for CL’s Junior Varsity Baseball

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Canyon Lake’s Junior Varsity waits patiently for more playing time. [Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

Canyon Lake’s Junior Varsity Baseball team has had a special season so far after starting District 28-4A in beating Fredericksburg and Boerne in their double header contests before a stop in action.

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District 28-4A Baseball Standings & This Week’s Results

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

 

Seniors Cale Claycomb, Ethan Slater, Caleb Williams, Mason Lee, Brandon Robinson, and Matt Anderson celebrate after another win in the CL Tournament. [Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

Canyon Lake continued with the best overall record thus far during the baseball season after finishing this past week with a, 3-0 mark.

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