Baseball featured 11 players in 2021 summer leagues

Following the best season to date for the baseball team, 11 Saints competed in summer leagues throughout America.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “It’s great for our guys to get out and continue playing over the summer. It’s a great baseball and life experience. We encourage all our players to play as much as their body allows. The repetitions are stellar, the innings are great, and the overall experience is a good time meeting new teammates and coaches. I’m excited to see our players again. and we look forward to the challenge of defending our Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) title.”

Aughney worked as the assistant coach for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio, which won the Texas Collegiate League (TCL) championship on Aug. 7. Pitchers Alec Martinez (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) and Ram Maldonado (SR/McAllen, Texas) were members of the Chanclas. The team posted a 32-7 record in the regular season and a 3-0 campaign in the playoffs. Martinez started the championship game and lasted four innings while allowing no runs and striking out two batters. He ranked second among pitchers in the TCL with a 1.71 season ERA. Maldonado pitched 13 innings with the Chanclas and posted a 2.76 ERA with 11 strikeouts. The team plays at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium, the home of the San Antonio Missions, a minor league team of the Double-A Central and the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Jose Ramirez III (SR/Donna, Texas), Adrian Gonzalez Jr. (SR/Weslaco, Texas), Brett Vasquez (JR/Baytown, Texas) and Pablo Montante (JR/San Antonio, Texas) competed in the Appalachian League located throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Ramirez was a member of the pitching staff for the Greenville Flyboys, who hoisted the championship trophy after a walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth inning against Vasquez’s Pulaski River Turtles. Gonzalez Jr. and Montante played for the Elizabethton Rough Riders in Elizabethton, Tenn.

Senior Robert Arredondo (SR/Corpus Christi, Texas) and junior Jacob Montejano (JR/San Antonio, Texas) played in the Centex Collegiate League as part of Texas USA Baseball. Tyler Vivier (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and Devin Benavides (SO/Laredo, Texas) participated in the Five Tool Collegiate League with Test Baseball, and Noah Rodriguez (SR/Victoria, Texas) rounded out the Saints summer players with a stint for the ZT Elite in the Texas Showcase Circuit.

The Saints will play a fall scrimmage schedule before entering its eighth season in the spring of 2022.