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2015


2015 Pre-Season Prep Sessions

We are excited to announce the beginning of our Pre-Season activities for CENTEX Chargers Baseball.  We are getting a bit of a late start this year but are looking forward to a great season.  We will have Pre-season workout sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturdays beginning November 3, and continuing through November.  Workout sessions are open to all eligible high-school baseball players (see participation policies).  All interested players are encouraged to attend the workout sessions to prepare for tryouts.  Please fill out the prospect questionnaire and bring it with you for the first day of workouts.

2015 Try-Outs

CENTEX Chargers baseball will be holding open Try-Outs on December 4 and 6.  We expect to field a JV and Varsity team this year.  All interested players must Try-Out to be considered for the team.  If you are interested in playing, but are unable to Try-Out on the dates above, please contact Gary Markham prior to Dec 1. 

 

2015 Baseball Schedule

February

Day

Location

Time

Practices

M/T/Th/F

Jaycee Field, Belton

5:30

7   Regents

Saturday

Austin

2:30

10  Academy HS (Scrimmage)

Tuesday

Academy

5:00

12  Austin Royals (JV)

Thursday

Georgetown

5:30

20  Holland HS (Scrimmage)

Friday

CANCELLED

 

21  Bryan Mustangs

Saturday

Cellucor Field, Bryan

12:00/3:00





March

 



Practices

M/T/Th/F

Jaycee Field, Belton

5:30

2   Spartans (Double Header)

Monday

CANCELLED

 

3   Gateway Prep School (JV)

Tuesday

CANCELLED

 

3   Gateway Prep School (JV)

Tuesday

CANCELLED

 

9   Jarrell HS (JV)

Monday

CANCELLED

 

9   Jarrell HS (Varsity)

Monday

CANCELLED

 

10  Brentwood Christian

Tuesday

CANCELLED

 

14  Spartans

Saturday

Georgetown

2:00/4:00

16  Chick fil A (fundraiser)

Monday

31st/Adams, Temple

5:00-7:00

26  Brazos Valley Christian

Thursday

Cellucor Field, Bryan

5:30

28  Texas Stix

Saturday

CANCELLED

 

30  Angels

Monday

NE Metro Park, Pflugerville

6:00





April




Practices

M/T/Th/F

Jaycee Field, Belton

TBD

7   Jarrell HS (JV)

Tuesday

Jarrell

4:30

7  Jarrell HS (Varsity)

Tuesday

Jarrell

6:15

11  Thesa Riders

Saturday

Arlington

2:00

17  Spartans

Friday

CANCELLED

 

20  San Antonio Wolverines

Monday

POSTPONED

 

27  Angels

Monday

Pflugerville

6:00

 




 


2014

2014 Baseball Schedule  

January

Day

Site

Time

Practices Tues/Thurs/Fri

T/T/F

Baker Field Temple

5:30

31–Regents

Cancelled

February

Day

Site

Time

Practices Tues/Thurs/Fri

T/T/F

Baker Field Temple

5:30

7—Academy (S)

Canceled

 

 

8—Regan High School (S)

Saturday

 

W 7-0

13—Gateway (Savio Tourny)

Thursday

Savio

W 7-0

13—Savio (Savio Tourny)

Thursday

Savio

L 3-1

14—Round Rock Christian 

Friday

 

W 17-0

15—Conroe Northside Falcons

Saturday

 

L 12-11

18—Academy (JV)

Tuesday

 

L 8-2

22—Brentwood Christian (DH)

Saturday

North Austin

1:00

25—Holland High School

Tuesday

Holland high school

6:00

28— Boerne Geneva (HC Tourny)

Friday

Town and Country Austin

1:00

28—TBD (HC Tourny)

Friday

Town and Country Austin

TBD

March

Day

Site

Time

Practices Tues/Thurs/Fri

T/T/F

Baker Field Temple

3:00

1—TBD (HC Tourny)

Saturday

Town and Country Austin

TBD

3—Bosqueville High School

Monday

Temple—Baker Field

4:00

7—Granger High School

Friday

Granger Baseball Field

5:00

8—Keystone Private School

Saturday

TBD

12:00

14—Bosqueville High School

Friday

Bosqueville high school

11:00

18—Hill Country Christian

Tuesday

Temple—Baker Field

5:00

21—Waco Vanguard

Friday

Waco (Lake air field)

6:00

April

Day

Site

Time

Practices Tues/Thurs/Fri

T/T/F

Baker Field Temple

3:00

1—Brentwood Christian

Tuesday

North Austin

4:00

5— Keystone Private School (DH)

Saturday

TBD

 

12—THESA (DH)

Saturday

North Richland Hills, Richardson

12:00

17—Round Rock Christian

Thursday

Temple—Baker Field

6:30

27—3 May Homeschool World Series

 

Auburndale FL

 

 

 

2014 HOMESCHOOL WORLD SERIES

CENTEX CHARGERS make DIVISION I Play for the first time in Chargers history!!!

The CenTex Chargers Homeschool Baseball team traveled to Auburndale, Florida, the week of April 27-May 3, 2014, to participate in the Homeschool World Series Association (www.HWSA.net) World Series.  Twenty-four homeschool teams from across the nation gathered to play a week of high caliber baseball.

The Chargers were led by six seniors; Caleb Nicholson, Michael Markham, Seth Hardcastle, Josiah Chupik, Levi Walker and Tim Dison. 

Pool Play opened Monday evening for the Chargers against a home state rival, the Northside Falconsfrom Conroe, Texas.  The game was a slugfest, filled with three lightning delays that finally concluded at 11:00pm, with the Chargers coming up victors, 13-10.  Caleb Nicholson led the offense with two doubles and a triple.

The Chargers would have to be back on the field early the next morning to face the Indianapolis Indiana Kings on day two.  The Kings jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The bottom of the first the Chargers answered, putting up four runs of their own. After seven full innings of play the Chargers got the win 15-10.  Caleb Nicholson led the offense with two doubles and a triple.

With the first two games as wins, the Chargers would find themselves at the top of the bracket in pool play.  The next game to be played would determine the Divisional seeding.

The third game of the tournament, the Chargers would square off with the Tulsa Oklahoma Jaguars.   The Jaguars had just come off of a 1-0, nine innings, pitchers dual loss to the Memphis Tennessee Eagles.  The Chargers would find themselves in another battle of the bats; back and forth with each team, scoring each inning until the sixth inning when the Chargers took and held the lead, leaving the Jaguars to a scoreless inning.   In turn, the Jaguars held the Chargers to a scoreless bottom half of the sixth inning.  At the top of the seventh inning, the Jaguars were able to put three runs on the board and the Chargers matched them at the home half of the inning.  At the top of the ninth inning the Chargers made a throwing error, which allowed two runs to score for the Jaguars.  The Chargers were unable to produce any runs and lost the game 13-11.

The Chargers still had a chance into the Division I bracket, as the Jaguars would have to defeat the Chargers again.  After a day off from games on Wednesday, the Chargers were ready to take the diamond Thursday morning for the second game against the Tulsa Jaguars.  The Chargers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, getting the victory 9-1. 

The Chargers would be the 8th seed in the Division I bracket and would have to face the number 1 seed, the Memphis Tenessee Eagles.  With storm clouds building in the area, the Chargers took the field against the Eagles.  The Eagles gained an early 4-0 lead. The Chargers answered and were able to get two runs back.  The Chargers soon found themselves in trouble with bases loaded and no outs.  With them infield, a ground ball was hit to second, second baseman Kyle Heisch fielded the ball and threw it home to Caleb Nicholson to get the force out and Caleb then threw the ball to first baseman Tim Dison, however Tim was unable to put a glove on it and the ball ended up in the right field corner allowing three runs to score, leaving an Eagle runner at third with one out.  The Chargers were able to get the next two outs leaving the Eagle runner stranded at third. Then the rains came.  The game was delayed for an hour and a half, eventually causing the teams to move to another field.  The score, at the resumption of play, was 7-2 in favor of the Eagles.  The Chargers were in hopes that momentum would swing their way, which it often does in circumstances such as rain delays.  In fact, momentum did swing the Chargers way and they mounted a comeback against the eagles.   A comeback that wouldnot be enough to take the win. The Chargers lost the game, 9-6,  giving the eagles five unearned runs.

That loss would find the Chargers playing for the fifth place spot in Division I play, against theAtlanta Georgia Barons on Friday morning.   This is the first time in the World Series Tournament the CHARGERS have made it to the Division I playoffs!!  The Chargers took the field and quickly scored two runs on a triple, hit by Caleb Nicholson. The rains came and the remainder of the tournament would have to be cancelled.

The CENTEX CHARGERS took a team of hard working, baseball loving, young men to Homeschool World Series Tournament and did what no other Charger team could do before them!  I am extremely proud of what these young men have accomplished this season.

I am more proud of my two sons, Gabor and Caleb Nicholson, that contributed to me coaching the Chargers baseball team for seven consecutive seasons!  Thank you, and…………………. 

GO CHARGERS!!!

Games were streamed live here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hwsa2014


 

2013

SCHEDULE

February

Day

Site

Time

January 28 Hill Country Scrimmage (V)

Monday

Town and Country (Austin)

4:00

January 30 Regeants

Wed

Tony Berger field (Austin)

5:00

4—Jarrell (Scrimmage)

Monday

Bakers Field (Temple)

4:30

8—Academy Scrimmage (JV/V)

Friday

Academy High School

5:00

18—Mcgregor (JV/V)

Monday

McGregor High School

5/7

21—Hill Country Tournament 

Thursday

Town and Country (Austin)

1:00

23— Hill Country Tournament 

Saturday

Town and Country (Austin)

TBD

25—Jarrell

Monday

Jarrell High School

6:00

March

Day

Site

Time

4—Hyde Park (JV)

Monday

The Quarries (Austin)

 

5—Vanguard

Tuesday

Lake Air Complex (Waco)

5:00

8—Granger (DH)

Friday

Granger High School

4:00

12—Bosqueville

Tuesday

Bosqueville High School

4:30

15—CTCS

Friday

Bakers Field (Temple)

4:30

21—Dallas Spartans (DH)

Thursday

Waxahachie Sports Complex

5:00

29—Brentwood Christian Academy

Friday

Brentwood Academy (Austin)

4:00

 

 

 

 

April

Day

Site

Time

9—Hill Country (V)

Tuesday

Town and Country (Austin)

7:00

 

 

 

 

13—THESA  (DH)

Saturday

Richardson

12:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 April-4 May Homeschool WS

 

Lake Myrtle Sports Complex  (Auburndale Fl)

TBD

























2013 ROSTER:

Joshua Hughes #21- Senior
Patrick Carter- Senior
Jacob Bauer #1-Junior
Josiah Chupik #17-Junior
Seth Hardcastle #30-Junior
Michael Markham #8-Junior
Levi Walker #31-Junior
Caleb Nicholson #7-Sophomore
Kyle Heisch #27-Sophomore
Graham Rugh #15-Sophmore
Brian Dyck #3- Sophomore
Payton Bauer #10- 8th Grade
Blaine Carter- Freshman


2012

 

CenTex Charger Baseball

2012 Event Calendar

JANUARY

3rd 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 1st PRACTICE @ Baker’s Field. *PLAYER REGISTRATION, FEES, WAIVERS & RELEASES DUE

7th 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. PRACTICE







10:30 a.m. Fundraising Meeting Chik Fil A Northside Temple,*CONROE PLAYER REGISTRATION DUE

5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 31st - 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. PRACTICE, Bakers Field, Northside

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th - 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. PRACTICE, Bakers Field

28th 10:30 a.m. Fundraising Meeting LOCATION TBD























FEBRUARY

2nd, 7th 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PRACTICE, Bakers Field, Northside

9th 3:30 p.m. TEAM PICTURES! before Austin Regents game















11th 7:00 a.m. TEAM FUNDRAISING GARAGE SALE!!!







16th, 21st, 28th 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PRACTICE, Bakers Field, Northside

MARCH

1st 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PRACTICE, Bakers Field, Northside







*HSWA Player Registration DUE

8th TIME TBD *TEAM PICTURES before Salado Tournament

20th, 22nd, 26th, 27th -  3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PRACTICE, Bakers Field

APRIL

3rd, 5th, 10th, 17th - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PRACTICE, Bakers Field, Northside

28th 7:30 a.m. LEAVE TO HOMESCHOOL WORLD SERIES AUBURNDALE, FLORIDA







*From STARBUCKS TEMPLE NORTHSIDE

MAY

7th TIME TBD Arrive Home *STARBUCKS TEMPLE NORTHSIDE

CENTEX CHARGERS BASEBALL







HOMESCHOOL WORLD SERIES JOURNAL 2012


THE CHARGERS FINISHED THE WORLD SERIES 15 OUT OF 27.  The entire team did a great job.  We had great baseball competition, including eight Texas teams; the Fort Worth Riders finishing #1.  Senior Gabor Nicholson and Sophomore Josiah Chupik received the All-American award for the Chargers. Stay tuned for pictures from Defining Moments Photography.































Game Five
















The Chargers came out strong in the fifth game of the World Series against the HCYA Eagles.  They scored 3 runs in the first inning and scored another in the third.  The Eagles maximized on Charger errors and the final score of 7 innings was 9-4.  The CHARGERS finish the tournament at 8:00 a.m. against the Waukesha, WI Saints, fighting for 7th place in Division 2.  For information on the HWSA and bracket details, see www.HWSA.net. 























Games Three and Four
















After the 6-0 loss to the Peach Tree City, Citadels earlier in the day the CHARGERS were in hopes of bouncing back to defeat the Tulsa, OK Jaguars. The CHARGERS and Jaguars remained scoreless until the third inning when the Jaguars scored two runs. The CHARGERS answered back with a two run homerun blast by senior Gabor Nicholson to tie it up 2-2. The Jaguars scored two more in the fifth but it could have been more thanks to an ESPN play in which center fielder Lance Martinez tracked down a fly ball in center field and layed out at the last minute to make the catch and hold the runner on base at first!!! What a play!! Caleb Nicholson pitched four great innings with his brother behind the plate. They teamed up to put a runner out at the plate who attempted to steal home. The game ended with Jaguars ahead, 6-2. The CHARGERS will fight for 6th place tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and can't wait for another opportunity to play baseball at the Homeschool World Series! GO CHARGERS!!































Game TWO















The CHARGERS squared off in game TWO against the Hendersonville, Tennessee Royals.  Again, the CHARGERS took an early 3-0 lead.  They were able to hold the Royals off until the 4th inning when the Royals answered with two runs of their own.  The Chargers worked hard to scratch out another run in the 6th inning and by the top of the 7th were able to hold off the Royal rally, only allowing them to score one run.  







The Chargers won game two, 4-3.
  They were led by a pitching battery of sophomore, Josiah Chupik, freshman Kyle Heisch, and seniors, Joseph Chupik and Gabor Nicholson.  The CHARGERS will take on the Peach Tree City, Georgia Citadels in the qualifying game that will determine their spot in division one or division two as they prepare for three more days of solid, tough and close baseball.  

Please join us in prayer, encouragement and cheer, as we fight for victory and enjoy the camaraderie baseball brings!

GO CHARGERS!!!








Game ONE

The CenTex Chargers baseball team took to the diamond to face a Div. 1 qualifying, 2011 team, the Woodstock, Georgia Crowned Knights this evening for their first game of the Homeschool World Series 2012. The Chargers took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Gabor Nicholsons' hit brought his brother Caleb in to score the Chargers first and only run. It was a battle as the Chargers fought for 6 innings to hold the Knights thanks in part to pitcher, Matthew Barnett, a senior team member from the San Antonio Wolverines. The Knights were able to put together a couple hits in the bottom of the 6th to score 3 runs and beat the Chargers with a final score of 3-1.  Senior OF, Joseph Chupik made several great catches and brother Josiah relieved Matthew and shut down the Knights in a great first game.















The Chargers will face the Hendersonville Royals in Game 2, tomorrow morning at 11:45 a.m.
Pray and Cheer, there will be more to come as we enjoy our baseball days in Florida!

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2011















CenTex Chargers







2011 Baseball Season FINALS

March

Level

Time

1—Vanguard (Waco) (Tue)

W 16-6

5:00

3—CTCS Tournament (Thu) Salado JV

W 6-3

4:00

4—CTCS Tournament (Fri) Hill Country Christian

L 7-8

4:00

5—CTCS Tournament (Sat) Summit Christian,















Salado JV

W 18-0

W 8-4

4:00

7--CTCS Varsity (Mon) baker field

W 3-1

4:00

10—Southwest homeschool shootout Dallas (Thu) OKC Broncs

L 3-10

4:00

11—Southwest homeschool shootout Dallas (Fri) THESA Riders

L 3-5

TBD

11—Southwest homeschool shootout Dallas (Fri) Tulsa Jaguars

L 6-7

TBD

12-- Southwest homeschool shootout Dallas (Sat)  Dallas Spartans

L 12-2

TBD

18—TCA (Waco) Fri

W 17-3

4:30

22—Holland Hornets (Holland) (Tue)

L 9-10

6:00

24—State Homeschool Tournament (Conroe) (Thu) THESA Riders

L 4-9

11:00

24—State Homeschool Tourn. (Conroe) (Thu) Baton Rouge Patriots

W 6-5

2:00

25—State Homeschool Tournament (Conroe) (Fri) HCYA Eagles

W 7-5

TBD

Championship Game - THESA Riders

W 16-15

CHAMPIONS

29 – Hyde Park (Austin) (Tue)

L 2-6

5:00

April

Level

Time

2—W H Thunder (La Grange) Double Header (Sat)

L 1-2

W 4-3

12:00

5—CTCS JV

Cancelled

4:00

9—HSAA Angels (Dallas) Double Header (Sat)

L 3-7

L 1-11

12:00

12—BV Mustangs (Bryan) (Tue)

W 14-2

4:30

16—THESA Riders (Fort Worth) Double header (Sat)

L 2-19

W 11-9

12:00

23—Texas State Homeschool Track Meet

2-7 May Homeschool World Series

Not In

Attendance

The CHARGERS finished an exciting season with a 15-17 record and a huge WIN at THE STATE TOURNAMENT in an extra inning with a walk off home run!! WAY TO GO CHARGERS!!!







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CenTex Chargers Baseball 2011

 

 

February

Level

Time

11—Regents of Austin (Austin)

CANCELLED

 

16—Summit Christian (Cedar Park)

W 15-0

 

20—TAFA Chargers (Fort Worth)

W 20-0

 

23—Cameron  (DH) (Tuesday) Cameron

V  L 10-4

JV  L 12-4

26—Texas Christian  Academy  (Friday)  Waco

W 15-3

 

                                                                                      

March

Level

Time

1—Waco Parkview Christian (Baker Field)

postponed

5-6-- Holy Trinity Tournament (Baker Field, Temple) 

CHAMPIONS

3-0

     5 March—Defeated Summit Christian

W 18-1

 

     6 March—Defeated Texas Christian Academy

W 17-3

 

     6 March—Defeated Austin Hill Country

W 13-0

 

8—Concordia (Monday) Austin

Rescheduled

Tentatively

11—Hyde park Baptist (Thursday) Austin

 JV W 6-2

16—Waco Parkview Christian (Baker Field)

Rained Out

 

18—Brazos Valley (Thursday) Bryan

W 15-5

 

19—Waco Parkview Christian (baker field)

Postponed

5:00

25-27—Texas Homeschool Tourney, Conroe

5th Place

 

     26 March—Lost to Northside Falcons

L 11-10

 

     26 March—Defeated Brazos Valley Mustangs

W 20-9

 

     27 March—Lost to Fort Worth Riders

L 14-2

 

     27- March—Defeated San Antonio Wolverines

W 24-5

 

30—Vangard Waco (Tuesday) Waco

L 5-4

 

 

April

Level

Time

1—Hyde Park Baptist (Thursday) Austin

JV W 4-3

 

3—San Antonio (DH) (Saturday)  San Antonio

W 12-7

L 12-5

5—Concordia (Monday) Austin

W 13-0

 

9—Brazos Valley (Friday) Bryan

W 12-1

 

16—Holland (Friday)

CANCELLED

4:00

20—Brazos Valley (Tuesday) Bryan

Varsity

4:30

24—Depart for World Series  Auburndale, Florida

8:00am

26 –1 May Homeschool World Series

7th Place Gold Division

 

     26—Dallas, Texas Angels

L  7-3

 

     27—Waukesha, Wisconsin Saints

W  9-1

 

     29—Raleigh, North Carolina Warriors

L  4-2

 

     29—Spring, Texas Mustangs

L  9-8

 

     30—Richmond, Virginia Patriots

L 16-6

 

     May 1—Jackson, Mississippi Victors

W  24-5

 

Chargers finish the season with a 16-10 record, one tournament win-Holy Trinity Tournament, 5th place in the Texas State Tournament and 7th place in the Gold Division of the Homeschool World Series!

Individual statistics will be posted on the Chargers website at www.chargers.teamopolis.com.

Homeschool World Series 2010 game information and photos can be found at www.hwsa.net.















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2010







CenTex Chargers Place 7th

Gold Division

Homeschool World Series 2010

                After leaving Belton, Texas on a long, arduous, trip to Auburndale, Florida on April 24, the boys were anxious to get to the work of playing.  Sunday evening after we had arrived at the house that was to be our “home” for the week, the coaches took the team to the batting cages to help get focused and ready for the week ahead.  At the coaches meeting just before, we drew the Dallas Angels as the first team to play.  We faced the Angels, a couple of years ago at the Texas State Homeschool Tournament in Conroe, in a game in which we did not fair too well,  but we were a very young team then and my confidence has grown with the team!  We are ready!

            The Charger players for the Homeschool World Series 2010 were; Bryan Walker-Senior,  Dylan Tepoel,  Garrett White,  Andrew Kiesle,  Stephen Ash,  Tim Teacutter,  Gabor and Caleb Nicholson.  We picked up three players from The West Houston Thunder and were very grateful to have them join us.  Those players were Joshua Boothe, Ben Distefano, and Colin Powers.

Monday morning as the boys started waking up; there was a nervous “buzz” in the air, although I don’t believe they noticed it as they were busy playing pool in the game room!  We arrived at the field early for the opening ceremony, which was a grand sight with 23 teams,  all of which are homeschooled, with some traveling as far as Wisconsin.  After the opening ceremony, since we had one of the first games to be played that day, we went to the batting cages to get warmed up.  Man can those boys hit inside the batting cages!  It’s game time.

 MONDAY GAME #1-Chargers vs. Dallas, Texas  Angels.  Tim Teacutter started on the mound for the Chargers. Unfortunately, Tim’s elbow started to hurt so he had to be pulled after the second inning.  Joshua Boothe came on in relief.  The Angels scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second.  The Chargers held them scoreless in the third and gave up three in the fourth and one more in the fifth for a total of 7 runs allowed.  The Chargers were held scoreless through four innings when in the fifth they were able to scratch out 3 runs, led by Gabor Nicholson getting  three of the six hits the Chargers had in the game.  Andrew Kiesle had two hits and Ben Distefano had one hit.  Defensively the Chargers played well, having only two errors but came up short with a loss of 7-3.  Overall Coach Nicholson was pleased with the performance and looking forward to the next opponent which was to be the Waukesha Wisconsin Saints.

TUESDAY GAME #2- Chargers vs. Waukesha, Wisconsin Saints   Gabor Nicholson started on the mound for the Chargers.  Gabor claimed 10 strikeouts and gave up 10 hits.  Solid defense held the Saints to one run.  The Chargers hitting was led by Dylan Tepoel who had two triples and a single, Garrett White had a double and a triple, Ben Distefano had two singles and Caleb Nicholson who had a single and a double.  Much better performance at the plate this game.  The Chargers win 9-1 and will face the Raleigh North Carolina Warriors on the first game Thursday.  But before we get to Thursday we have to first get through Wednesday, our day off! 

WEDNESDAY NO GAMES-  This was a day off from baseball, well at least from playing games.  Coaches let the boys sleep in a little bit on Wednesday morning.  Prior to going we had talked about maybe going to the beach on this day, much to Coach Nicholson’s dismay.  J  All he could think about was someone getting sunburned or getting hurt while trying to ride a skim board.  After breakfast we had a team meeting to decide what everyone would like to do.  The overwhelming consensus was to go to the beach!  So we did, but with compromise!   We packed a cooler with food and drove to Tampa Bay and went to a very nice clean beach, Madiero beach.  It was an overcast day, somewhat, but sunscreen was applied to all those who needed it and even to some that say they ever use the stuff.  The highlight of the beach time was seeing a school of dolphins about 100 yards off shore.  That was pretty cool.  We stayed about two hours, long enough for the boys to get tired of skim boarding, plus the water was a little on the cold side.  After each boy having a sandwich or two we loaded up and headed back towards the house, stopping at the fields to take some more batting practice.  The boys settled in at “home” and prepared for a busy day Thursday.

THURSDAY GAME #3 Chargers vs. Raleigh, North Carolina Warriors   Ben Distefano is on the mound for the Chargers and claimed eight strikeouts and giving up eight hits.  The Chargers hitting was led by Garrett White and Tim Teacutter each having two hits.  Ben Distefano, Dylan Tepoel and Caleb Nicholson each contributed with one hit each. The Chargers turned in a good defensive effort with making only two errors.  However, they came up short on the run production and lost 4-2. 

THURSDAY GAME #4   Chargers vs. Spring, Texas Mustangs   Dylan Tepoel is on the mound for the Chargers claiming six strikeouts and giving up nine hits.  This was a heart breaking game.  The Spring Mustangs held the chargers scoreless in the first as the first three batters were set down in order.  The Chargers allowed the Mustangs to score two runs in the first inning and were able to hold them to two runs until the bottom of the seventh.  The Chargers were up by six going into the bottom of the seventh inning.  Dylan was still on the mound and was pitching a fantastic ballgame.  The first two batters for the Mustangs were retired in order.  All the Chargers had to do was get the last out.  Remember, the last out is always the hardest to get.  The Mustangs started to string hits together, no matter where Dylan was putting the ball they were able to get to it and hit it.  Before we knew it, it was now 8-7 Chargers.  Coach Nicholson called time out and had Gabor come in for relief.  That was bad decision in having Gabor come in for relief because Gabor had just pitched a complete game two days ago and was not rested enough.  So, with two outs and men on first and second Gabor pitches to the number five hitter who hits a grounder to Dylan at shortstop.  Dylan is in perfect position to field this ball and make a solid throw to first and ball game, or so we thought.  Just as the ball was leaving the grass part of the infield and heading to the dirt section, it hit something at the edge of the grass and sailed over Dylans head resulting in two runs scoring.  The Mustangs won 9-8.  Tough way to lose a game.

FRIDAY GAME #5   Chargers vs. Richmond Virginia Patriots   Gabor Nicholson on the mound for the Chargers but it is short lived.  Five games in Five days take a toll on team’s pitchers, especially when the team doesn’t have an over abundance like many of the other teams.  You could tell the team was still in shock over the disappointing loss the night before, as defensively we committed nine errors.  Hard to win a ball game when you give it away.  Gabor Nicholson led the hitting in this game with three hits and one of them being a home run.  Ben Distefano had two hits, Garrett White had a triple. Caleb Nicholson and Joshua Boothe each had one hit.  Just not enough ummph in this game as the Chargers lose 16-6 in Five innings.

SATURDAY GAME #6  The Chargers were playing for 7th place in the Gold Bracket.

Chargers vs. Jackson, Mississippi Victors   Colin Powers was on the mound. Colin claimed three strikeouts and gave up six hits.  Hitting was led by Garret White who had two doubles and two singles, Stephen Ash with two singles, Gabor Nicholson with a triple, a double and a single, Ben Distefano with two doubles, Caleb Nicholson with a double and a single, Andrew Kiesle with three singles, Colin Powers with two singles, Joshua Boothe with a home run and a single and Bryan Walker with a single as the Chargers unleashed on the Victors with a 24-5 victory to close out their first Homeschool World Series experience. 

   All in all it was a wonderful experience for the entire team.  The Chargers had a great season with a 15-10 record, including our tournament play and are looking forward to an excellent next season. 

          We want to say thanks to all of those who supported us by buying Round Rock Express Berm Bucks, giving cash donations, praying for us while we were playing, coming to games, cheering, buying raffle tickets and more!!

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