Zaragosa League Champions 2001; Runner-Up 2000,2002,2003, Tournament Champions 2002
Southwest Regional Champions 2001,2003,2011; Runner-Up 1999,2002
MABL Spring Champions 2008,2012; Runner-Up 2009,2010,2011 MABL Spring Playoff Champions 2008,2010
MABL Fall Champions 2008,2011 MABL Fall Playoff Champions 2008, 2016 CTBL Spring/Playoff Champs
Texas Cup Champions 2008, ASPBA World Series Runner-Up 2010
2017 12u Pumpkin Carving Contest
On Tuesday night 10/24, The 12u Mudcats had their first ever pumpkin carving competition and it was a success! The boys carved their pumpkins the night before, brought them to practice, and afterwards, go to vote on them. Here's a couple a videos
The competition was very competitive there were so many excellent pumpkins!
1st Place Anthony Hudson
2nd Place Jamie Naumann
3rd Place Jackson Clakley
Cats Force Game 3 With 2-1 Win
Game two of the 2017 CTBL Championship was played on Sunday. Mudcats were very eager to get back on the field after Saturday's outcome. This game became a pitcher's duel, with a heroic performance from Matt Harrell (7 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 10k's, 1ER, 1BB) on the mound and at the plate, and Zephyr's pitcher, Kevin Torres, throwing a complete game (7 hits, 6k's, 1ER, 2BB), he kept us at zero runs until the 8th inning. The Mudcats down 1-0, Jason Rangel (2 for 3) leads off with a hit, next up, Harrell catches the third baseman asleep with a perfectly executed SAC bunt down for a HIT! The very next ball is hit right back to third by Clarence Watson, and the third baseman commits an error, loading the bases, with one out, Joe Taylor hits a deep fly ball to center, to score the tying run! With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Ryne Head drives in the go ahead run!! The score 2-1, In the top of the 9th, with one out, "Juggernaut" Jason Rangel makes a diving catch down the left field line in foul territory for the second out. Dayron Silva Perez (2 innings, 1 hit, 2 k's) finished the game and earned the win, throwing absolute cheddar! Player of the game goes to Matt Harrell for his heroic, performance pitching, and selfless hitting he displayed. Game three will be played next Sunday 9/17, 10:30 AM, at San Gabriel park in Georgetown, Tx. Come out and support your cats!
Zephyrs Win Game 1 With Walk Off Hit, 6-5.
Game one of the 2017 CTBL Championship was played last Saturday against the regular season champs, Zephyrs. On a beautiful, cool, morning, The visiting Mudcats face off with competitive pitcher Mike Rivera, who kept the kitties at bay for the first five innings, only giving up three hits until the 6th inning. With one out, Kyle Gruver catalytically gets it going, with a shallow hit to right field, which led to 4 more hits, "Eager" Evan Pipken hits a missile to right, Steven Smolinsky hits a base knock to load the bases, 2nd year kitty, Clarence Watson drove in two runs, Macklin flew out to center for the second out, but moved Smo to third. Matt Harrell walked to load the bases again. Jason Rangel, who has been hot all year, steps up with two outs, drives in three more runs to make the score 5-1. The cats were lead on the mound by legendary, veteran, "Rubberband Man" Chris Tuttle, who threw 5.1 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, 4 hits, 7k's, 1BB. Ryan Schapery relieved him throwing well, into the 9th, Zephyrs fought back with two lead off singles, Ryan strikes the next batter out, and catches the pop up for the second out. With two outs and bases loaded, they hit a double, that center fielder, Smo quickly retrieves the ball to hose out the runner at third base, but the umpire calls him safe. The score now tied at 5-5, they drive in the winning run with a walk off hit.
Cats Advance to Championship Series
The Austin Mudcats defeated the Reds in game 2 on Sunday 14-4, to advance to the finals for the third year in a row. Player of the game, Dayron Silva, got the start on the mound, throwing 8 innings, facing 33 batters, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, and 6 K's. Mudcat hitting is hot and the cats have been extremely aggressive. Some notable hitters on the day were Steven Smolinsky (3 for 4, 1R, 2B, 1RBI), Jason Rangel (2 for 4, 2RBI), Tyler Blair (2 for 4, 2R, 1RBI), Kyle Gruver (1 for 3, 3R, 2B, 3RBI, 1BB), Ryan Schapery (2 for 4, 2R, 2B, 1RBI), Evan Pipken (1 for 2, 1R, 2RBI, 1SACF), Matt Harrell (1 for 2, 1RBI, 1BB, 1SACF, 1SB). Defensively, the cats committed three errors, but remained focused on the baseball to secure the win. John Stansberry had a great game behind the plate, and runners weren't able to steal any bases. He threw out a runner at second on a strike 'em out throw 'em out to end the first inning, and later in the game he threw out another runner trying to steal 3rd. The cats proved their dominance beating the Reds for the 3rd straight game. Total runs scored were 41 versus 8. In other division, The Zephyrs beat the Rangers in game 1, 11-2. Game 2, The Rangers won 4-2. Game three the Zephyrs advance to championship series put away Rangers 11-2. The Championship series will likely begin 9/9-9/10.
Cats Win 13-2, Smo Hits First Pitch Bomb
This Morning, a very warm 10:00 AM start, The Austin Mudcats took game one of the best of three series 13-2. Player of the game, Veteran, Steven Smolinsky (4 for 6, 3R, HR, 1RBI) hit the first pitch of the game out of the park, which set the tone for more cats to unload on Reds pitching. Such as, Eric Martanovic (3 for 5, 2R, 1RBI, 1BB), Ryan Schapery (3 for 5, 2B), Matthew Plitt (2 for 5, 2B, 4RBI), Jason Rangel (1 for 5, 3R, 1RBI, 1BB), John Stansberry (1 for 3, 1R, 1RBI, 2BB), Matt Harrell (1 for 4, 2R, 2BB), Kyle Gruver (1 for 4, 1R, 2RBI, 1BB).
Former Louisiana Lafayette graduate, First year Mudcat, Matthew Plitt earned the win today, throwing that cajun bayou fastball for 6 solid innings. On one play to end the inning, He Paul Bunyan barehanded a line drive to secure the out! He faced 26 batters over 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned, 9 Ks, 1BB. Ryan Schapery threw the next three innings and shut them down. He faced 11 batters and gave up only two hits. The cats will play game two tomorrow and have plenty of pitching left. The game will be played at 10:00 AM at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. Come out and support as we make another playoff run for the third year in a row!
Cats Bats Ignite Red's Pitching
The Austin Mudcats defeated the Reds on Sunday 14-2, to bring their overall regular season record to 9-7-1. With post season play just around the corner, the cats bats are heating up and pitching is still dominant. Since it was the last regular season game, we threw a few pitchers to conserve energy. Starting pitcher and recent Huston Tillotson graduate, Tyler Blair threw three outstanding innings. Throwing all first pitch strikes to 11 batters, he was able to keep hitters behind, allowing two hits, and three strikeouts. Veteran and hero, Eric Martanovic, threw 1 inning, gave up two runs, 1 earned. Dayron Silva threw the next two innings and was electric, facing 8 batters, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, and 1 walk. In the 7th inning, John Stansberry threw the brakes on 'em, with his arsenal of filth, facing 4 hitters, 1 hit, and 1 knee buckling strikeout to end the game. John also helped keep the momentum in the third inning at catcher, he threw out a runner at second to end the inning on a strike 'em out throw 'em out play.
Offensively, the cats shelled out 21 hits and some new comers earned some serious whiskers. Player of the game, first year Mudcat, Matthew Harrell was 4 for 4, 2R, 4RBI, and TWO TRIPLES!! Matt also finished the year with a .548 batting average (18 for 33, 42 plate appearances, in 12 games). Other stand out performances were from Steven Smolinksy (3 for 3, 2R, one 2B, 1SB), Clarence Watson (2 for 4, 3R), Jason Rangel (3 for 3, 4R, 2RBI, 1BB), Eric Martanovic ( 2 for 4, 2RBI), Ryne Head (2 for 4, 1R, 2RBI), and Joe Taylor (2 for 3, 2RBI).
Going into the playoffs the Mudcats will face the number two seeded Reds in a best of three series. Game 1 will be this Saturday 8/19, at 10:00 AM. Game 2 will be Sunday 8/20, also at 10:00 AM. Both games will be played at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. Game 3, if necessary will be played the following Sunday 8/27. If both teams sweep we will begin championship series on Saturday 8/26.
Mudcats Heating Up
The Austin Mudcats heated up on Sunday with a win over the Peacemakers 14-3. The cats are now 8-6 on the year with two regular season games remaining. The bats came to life with some very hard hit balls (17 total) and solid pitching held the Peacemakers at three runs and three hits. Some excellent hitting displays were put on by Clarence Watson (3 for 3, 4R, two 2Bs, 1HBP, 1SB), Jeremy Macklin (3 for 4, 1R, one 2B, 1RBI), Joe Taylor (2 for 3, 2R, 1RBI, 1BB), John Stansberry (2 for 4, 1RBI, 1BB), Evan Pipken (1 for 4, 2RBI), Kyle Gruver (1 for 4, 2RBI), Jason Rangel (1 for 2, 2R, 2BB), Paul Garcia (1 for 2, 1R, 2BBs), Matt Harrell (1 for 2, 2R, 1SB, 2BB). The cats were patient at the plate today drawing 8 walks. On the mound, Ryan Schapery got the start and the win. He was absolutely filthy throwing 6.1 innings, 3 hits, 5 ks, 2BB, and 3 unearned runs. Defensively, the cats struggled as some were absent and pitchers were filling in, committing 5 errors. Dayron Silva relieved Schapery, throwing 1.2 innings, no hits, no runs, and 1 strike out. Player of the game goes to Ryan Schapery for his stellar pitching performance. Have you been wanting to come to a game, but its been too hot? Well, the cats next game will be against the Rangers in Georgetown, Sunday, 8/6, at 9:30 AM. So, come on out and support the Mudcats at the coolest game of the day!
D-Backs Down, Plitt Goes Oppo Taco
The Austin Mudcats picked up there 7th win of the season last Sunday against a salty Diamondback crew 4-1. This brings their record to 7-6-1, currently in third place in the 2017 CTBL league. On the mound, Player of the game, New pitcher, Matthew Plitt picked up his first Mudcat win with a very strong outing, throwing 5 innings, facing 20 batters, allowing 1 hit, and 9 k's. Also, in the 4th inning, with two on and two out, Plitt goes oppo taco with a 3 run bomb (2 for 2, 1R, 1HR, 3RBI). Second year Mudcat, Tyler Blair, relieved Plitt, throwing 3 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 k's. Veteran, Jason Rangel earned his first save of the year, facing three hitters, retiring the side with 5 total pitches. The Cats have three regular season games left, The top 4 make playoffs and play a best of three series for semi and championship. This year, the cats have had to overcome defensive obstacles, some key injuries, but looks like they will be strong participants in post season play as cats are getting healthier each week. The cats will continue play this Sunday versus the Peacemakers in Georgetown at San Gabriel Park at 1:30 pm.
Mudcats Win In Walk Off Fashion
For the second time this year, the Mudcats pick up another win in walk off fashion. The catalyst, veteran, "Smo ball effect", who comes through when it matters most, is Steven Smolinsky. Earlier against the Diamondbacks, He hit a home run to hep us win a run rule. This game versus the Rangers souls were crushed. The bottom of the 9th inning, with the score 3-2, Rangers. Martanovic hits a lead off double, the next two batters fly out, and Smolinsky comes up, 0 for 3 on the day so far, He quickly gets two strikes on him. With two outs and two strikes, He hits a missle double, over the left fielder to tie the game. The game is tied, 3-3, Smo is on second with two outs, Ryne "The Hero" Head hits a shallow shot to left field, which was enough to bring home Smolinsky for the win!
New Mudcat pitcher, Matthew Harrell, had his gritty second start of the year. Throwing a complete game, striking out 15, allowing just 1 earned run. Ryne Head stated after the game, "I had to pick my boy up, so he could get the win"! Head and Harrell both attended San Antonio Reagan High School together before they went separate college routes to play. Matthew Harrell attended UT PanAM, and Ryne Head went to UTPB.
The Cats now have a record of 5-2, with 10 games left in regular season play. Some stat leaders, offensively, are Jason Rangel (12 for 25, .480 avg), Paul Garcia (5 for 9, .580 avg, 2HR, 7 RBI), Jeremy Macklin (7 for 19, .368 avg, 7 RBI, 1HR), Kyle Gruver (6 for 15, .400 avg), Ryne Head (5 for 13, .385 avg, 4 RBI, 1HR), Ben Parker (7 for 23, .304 avg, 2 2B, 5RBI), and Evan Pipken (5 for 15, .333 avg, 1 2B, 3 RBI).
Mudcats Rally Late to Win In Extra Innings
In the 2017 CTBL spring season opener, the Mudcats battled the Zephyrs in a very close game. With 30 mph wind blowing straight in, conditions were set for a pitcher's dual between Mudcat pitcher, Ryan Schapery, and Zephyr pitcher, Kevyn Torres. Schapery showed intense focus having five, three up three down innings. Torres kept the kitties at bay, not allowing a run and fanning 11 batters in 8 innings. Both pitchers had one inning where the bases were loaded and they found ways to get out of it.
In the 4th inning, Steven Smolinksy picked up our team after an error was made, gunning a guy out at third. In the 7th inning, Schapery had given up two unearned runs, off of 4 hits, 6ks, 1 walk, and thrown his 88th pitch. Being the first game of the season we wanted to keep pitch counts low, so we went to our bullpen. Jason Rangel relieved Schapery for 1 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run, allowing one hit, and one strikeout. Zephyrs pitcher, Torres was relentless, but had thrown well over a 100 pitches was relieved after the 8th inning with the score 3-0 Zephyrs.
In the top of the 9th, Jesse Caldera relieved Torres with the top of the Mudcat order up, Clarence Watson walked, and Steven Smolinsky singled to right center. With runners at first and second, Ben Carter pinch hits a single to load the bases. Zephyrs bullpen makes another change, bringing in Mike Rivera. With the bases loaded, clean up hitter Jeremy Macklin steps up hoping to hit one deep, but goes down swinging for the first out. Another pinch hitter, Kevin McWilliams drew a walk which gave us our first run. And our final pinch hitter, Mr. Clutch himself, Eager Evan Pipken, smokes a double down the right field line to drive in two more runs tying the game 3-3. The bottom of the 9th, Eddie Dubon showed poise relieving Rangel, retiring their top three hitters to send us into extra innings.
The top of the 10th inning, Joe Taylor lead off and went down swinging for the first out. Derek Wallace reached first on a hit by pitch and went from first to third off of Jason Rangel's third hit of the day. Top of the order up next, Clarence Watson hits a double to score Wallace. Next up Smolinsky, with runners at second and third, hits a grounder to short. Clarence lures the short stop and third baseman into a pickle, which scored Rangel as the go ahead run. With two outs and one runner on base. Ben Carter gets a second hit, a double in the gap, which scores another run making the score 6-3 Mudcats. Next up Jeremy Macklin, walked after a 14 pitch at bat and Kevin McWilliams went down swinging for the 3rd out.
The bottom of the 10th inning, Dubon strikes the first guy out. Then the Zephyrs score one off of back to back doubles. Gutierrez on second, Dubon picks him off for the second out. Adam McDougal goes down swinging for the final out of the game. Manager, Kyle Gruver stated after the game, "I'm really proud of the way we fought, every member of our team contributed for this win". Player of the game goes to Evan Pipken for driving in the tying run to give us a chance to win.
Former Mudcat Needs Your Help
Geoff Guerrero, a 10 year veteran, who played in all 5 Wichita appearances was injured last week in a tragic bicycling accident. He survived, but experienced severe trauma to his spinal cord. Geoff is married to his wife Angela and they have two toddler boys. They are in need of some financial help as this injury will completely change their lives. Any help is much appreciated. Donations are being accepted through a go fund me page https://www.gofundme.com/geoffg
2016 CTBL CHAMPIONS
The Mudcats have been crowned champions for the 16th time in 22 years. After defeating the Rangers in two games of a best of three series, 13-4 and 7-3. Mudcats finish the year 20-4. Game 1 was one of our best defensive games in Mudcat history. Our infielders turned a triple play and two out of three double plays. The triple play came in the 5th inning, which started with a lead off single, followed by a walk. With runners on first and second, the hitter hits a hard ground ball (5-4-3 triple play) down the third base line, Jason Winkler steps on 3rd, and throws it to second baseman Eddie Dubon, for the second out, then throws it to first baseman Joe Taylor for the 3rd out. Pitcher, Ryan Schapery stated after the game, "It's easier to pitch when you know your defense is going to make every play." Throwing only 98 pitches Ryan Schapery was able to earn his first complete game, facing 36 batters, allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, from 7 hits, 5 strikeouts, and 3 walks. Offensively, the Cats scored 13 runs, off of 15 hits, 10 RBI, 5 k's, 4 walks, 1 HBP, and 1 SB. Leaders of the day were Steven Smolinsky (2 for 4, 2R, 2RBI, 1 SACF), Jason Winkler (2 for 4, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 1R), Derek Wallace (1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1HBP), Eddie Dubon (3 for 4, 2R, 1 SB), Aaron Smith (2 for 4, 1R, 1K), Kyle Gruver (1 for 1, 1R, 1RBI) he left the game in the 3rd inning due to hamstring injury. Macklin, Schapery, Taylor, and Rangel each contributed hits.
Game 2 started off slow as the Mudcats wouldn't score 1 run until the 4th inning. Off of Jason Winkler's shallow sac fly, Aaron Smith was able to beat the throw on a close play at the plate. The cats picked up two more runs in the 7th. Lead off hitter Steven Smolinsky (3 for 4, 2B, 2R, 1K) got his second single of the day, Ryne Head (1 for 3, 2R, 1K, 1BB) reached base on an error by the second baseman. Jason Winkler (3 for 3, 1R, 2B, 3RBI, SACF) drove in Smolinsky off an RBI single. Ryne Head scored off of a sac fly from Ryan Schapery. Cats score 1 more in the 8th inning. Back to back singles from Joe Taylor and Derek Wallace, Eddie Dubon gets hit by pitch to load the bases. Jason Rangel gets thrown out from a grounder to short, but scores the run. The 9th inning, The kitties would score 3 more again from the top of the batting order. 3 back to back singles from Smolinsky, Head and Winkler. Winkler would drive in his 3rd RBI of the day. Head would score off of Jeremy Macklin's sac fly and Winkler would score off of Schapery's ground out to second. Legendary pitchers, Chris Tuttle and Jason Rangel got the job done on the mound. Chris Tuttle had another dominating outing. Going 8 innings, allowing 1 earned run, faced 30 batters total (4 three up, three down innings), fanning 8, and 1 walk. Jason Rangel relieved Tuttle in the 9th. The first two batters got on with singles, and the third hitter hit a 2 RBI gapper. Hitters 4,5, and 6 were shut down, with two ground outs, and a strikeout swinging to end the game.
Mudcat offensive stat leaders for the post season were Jason Winkler (4 games, 10 for 14, .714 avg, 8 R, three 2B, one 3B, 2HR, 12 RBI, 2 BBs, 1SACF), Derek Wallace (3 games, 7 for 10, .700 avg, 3R, 7 RBI, 1HR-Grand Slam), Steven Smolinsky (4 games, 9 for 15, .600 avg, 8R, two 2B, 1HR, 7RBI, 1SACF), Kyle Gruver (3 games, 6 for 10, .600 avg, 3R, two 2B, 5 RBI), Eddie Dubon (4 games, 6 for 11, .545 avg, 3R, 1RBI), Jeremy Macklin (4 games, 5 for 13, .385 avg, 6R, two 2B, 1HR, 5RBI, 1SACF).
Mudcat pitching stat leaders for the post season were Chris Tuttle (2 games started, 2 wins, 14 innings, 54 batters faced, 10 hits, 2 runs total , 2 earned, 2 walks, 16 Ks, .86 WHIP, .192 OBA, 1.29 ERA), and Ryan Schapery (2 games started, 1 complete game, 2 wins, 14 innings, 57 batters faced, 10 hits, 5 runs total, 3 earned, 6 walks, 10 Ks, 1.14 WHIP, .196 OBA, 1.93 ERA).
As a team offensively, in 4 playoff victories, we hit .421, out of 172 plate appearances, 152 at bats, 51 runs, 64 hits, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 45 RBI, 3 HBP, 13 walks, 19 strikeouts, 4 SACF, 3 stolen bases.
Mudcats Advance To Finals
The Austin Mudcats took on the Titans in the CTBL semi finals best of three series. Winning game one 7-4, and game two 25-1. Game one Chris Tuttle earned the win, pitching 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 8 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 1 earned run. Eric Martanovic relieved Tuttle and finished the game, throwing 3 innings, giving up 2 hits, allowing 3 unearned runs, 4 strikeouts, and 1 walk. Offensively the cats scored three runs in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth inning to secure the win 7-4. Sluggers of the day were Jeremy Macklin (2 for 4, 2R, HR, 1RBI ), who hit a 400+ homerun that everyone enjoyed watching leave the yard, Paul Garcia (2 for 4, 2B, 1K), Kyle Gruver (2 for 4, 2B, 3RBI, 1K), and Jason Winkler (1 for 3, 2R, 1RBI, and 1BB). Player of the game goes to Chris Tuttle for his shut down performance on the mound.
Game two, the Cats bats set fire to be one of the most memorable hitting displays in Mudcat history. Offensively, the Cats scored 25 runs, 9 in the first, 3 in the second, 2 in the third, 1 in the fourth, and 10 in the 6th, off of 26 hits, 4 home runs, 7 doubles, 23 RBIs, 6 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 1 stolen base. Several Mudcats had career days, Jason Winkler, (4 for 4, 4R, 2HR, 2B, 4RBI, 1BB), Derek Wallace (4 for 4, 3R, HR-Grandslam, 5RBI) and Steven Smolinsky (3 for 4, 3R, HR, 2B, 5RBI, 1K, 1BB). Other Cats were on fire too, Ryan Shapery (3 for 5, 3R, 2B, 1RBI), Kyle Gruver (3 for 5, 2R, 1RBI), Jeremy Macklin (2 for 4, 2R, two 2B, 3RBI, 1BB), Jason Rangel (2 for 4, 2R, two 2B), Eric Martanovic ( 2 for 4, 2R, 1RBI 1BB), Eddie Dubon (2 for 4, 1R, 1RBI, 2K, 1SB) and Joe Taylor (1 for 4, 2R, 2RBI, 1K, 1BB). Ryan Schapery had another strong outing on the mound earning his 4th win of the season, only gave up 3 hits, 1 earned run, 5 strikeouts, and 3 walks. Dayron Silva-Perez relieved him in the 6th inning, facing 4 batters, allowing 1 hit, and 1 walk. The Mudcats are very proud of Dayron for going to the NBC World Series with the Sharp End College team and earning a scholarship with Cisco Junior College. Players of the game are Jason Winkler, Derek Wallace, and Steven Smolinsky. The Mudcats will face the Rangers in the finals for a best of three series. Due to Rain, Game 1 has been pushed back to this Saturday 8/27 at 11:00 am @ Crockett HS.
2016 CTBL Regular Season Champs
The Austin Mudcats hold on to number one seed with a victory over Zephyrs 10-9. The win was there 16th overall to make a 16-4 record on the year. The Zephyrs have been a strong team all year and this win didn't come easy. The Cats would start out from behind 3-0, when Chris Tuttle gave up three runs in the first, off of two walks, a fielder's choice, and a base clearing double. The cats answered back scoring one run in the bottom of the first. Ryne Head got his first hit, stole second, and Tyler Blair drove him in with an RBI single. After a shaky first inning, Tuttle dialed in to shut them down the next 4 innings, they would score one more run in the 4th inning off of an error at third base. Mudcats offense evened the score in the 2nd inning. Derek Wallace lead off with a single, Kevin McWilliams would reach first off the pitcher's throwing error while trying for the double play, Paul Garcia with two outs hit a 2 RBI single to make the score 3-3. The 3rd and 4th innings were big for the Mudcats. Blair led off the 3rd with a single and Steven Smolinsky reached first on another throwing error by the pitcher. It was another double play attempt gone bad. Wallace had another single to load the bases and McWilliams hits a shot into the right center gap that would score two more. Jason Rangel also drove in a third run, making the score 6-3. The cats heat up scoring 4 runs in the fourth inning. Ryne Head lead off with his third single of the day, Kyle Gruver hits a double over the center fielder to score the run. Tyler Blair follows it up with a devastating bomb, and Kevin McWilliams with an RBI double! The score was 10-4 and Tuttle hung another zero in the top of the 5th inning. Jason Rangel relieved Tuttle in the 6th inning and the Zephyrs would make their final rally scoring 5 runs making the score 10-9. With time close to expiration the game would only go 6 innings. Ryne Head came in to close it out and earned the save. Some stand out performances go to hitters Tyler Blair (3 for 4, 2R, HR, 3RBI), Kevin McWilliams (2 for 3, 2B, 2RBI), Derek Wallace (2 for 2, 3R, 1BB), Jason Rangel (2 for 3, 1RBI), and Kyle Gruver (1 for 4, 2B, 1RBI). Player of the game goes to Ryne Head (4 for 4, 2R, 1SB), who made a few Sportscenter worthy plays at third base and for earning the save!
Mudcats Back On Top With Win Over Peacemakers
The Mudcats earned their 15th win of the CTBL season over the Peacemakers on Sunday making their record 15-4. Mudcats faced tough lefthander Brandon Marx, who threw a 6-0 shut out last game. This game, the cats were able to get some key hits to win and hold their lead the entire game. The Mudcats would draw blood first in the 2nd inning when Tyler Blair hit a lead off double to get things going. Derek Wallace gets hit by a pitch to make runners at 1st and 2nd. Ryan Schapery hits a screamer through the 5 1/2 hole to score the first run. The next two hitters are retired by a line out and a strike out. With two outs, Kyle Gruver hits a double down the left field line to score the second run to make the score 2-0. The Cats would score two more runs in the 4th inning off of Eric Martanovic's double in the right center gap to make the score 4-0. Peacemakers answer back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth making the score 4-2. Mudcat pitcher, Ryan Schapery, had a strong performance as he was dialed in for 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, and two runs. The Cats scored again in the 6th inning as they capitalized off an error. Garcia got on with an error from the shortstop and Ryne Head drove him in with a double. Ryne Head relieved Shapery for 3 innings and was solid, but ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 9th when the Peacemakers made their final rally. The score was 5-2, and the Peacemakers got 4 back to back hits, making the score 5-3. Kyle Gruver relieved Head, who came in with the bases juiced, no outs, and struck out the side to end the game. Some notable hitters of the day were Eric Martanovic (2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI), Paul Garcia, Ryne Head, Tyler Blair, and Kyle Gruver each had doubles and combined 5 RBIs. Player of the game goes to Kyle Gruver for getting the save and his performance at the plate.
Mudcats Beat Rangers 8-2
The Mudcats improved by getting their 14th win of the CTBL season on Sunday defeating the Rangers 8-2. Eddie Dubon got the start on the mound and threw for 2.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, and 1 earned run. Jason Rangel relieved him with two outs and the bases loaded, got the third out himself, catching a comebacker to shut down the big inning. He went on the pitch the rest of the game until time expired pitching 4.1 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run, and 1 strike out. Offensively the cats were led by new comer Tyler Blair (1 for 3, 1HR, 2RBI, 1K, 1BB) who hit a two run blast in the first inning that set the tone. Ryne Head had a day too! (2 for 3, 2R, 1BB, 2SB). Joe Taylor, Derek Wallace, Jason Rangel, and Steven Smolinsky all contributed with hits and Kyle Gruver with a SAC fly RBI. Player of the game goes to new player Tyler Blair, who will be a senior this year at Huston Tillotson University. He and teammate, Paul Garcia, have been tremendous assets, joining the Mudcats a few games ago. The Mudcats are thrilled to add these young players to keep our future bright and maintain a strong winning tradition.
Mudcats Defeat Reds 2-1, Behind Strong Pitching
The Cats got their 13th win of the season on Saturday improving their record to 13-4 by defeating the Austin Reds 2-1. Offensively the Cats struggled only getting three hits all game and scored their runs off an error and a fielder's choice. Legendary Mudcat pitchers, Chris Tuttle, and Ben Parker dominated the Reds lineup only allowing one run in the 3rd inning. Player of the game goes to two players Chris Tuttle ( 6 IP, 1R, 5H, 11K, 1ER) and Ben Parker ( 3 IP, 2H, 2K,).
National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame announces 2015 Class and 23 Mudcats will be enshrined on October 11th, 2015 in Evansville, Indiana
The NSPBA has announced their 2015 Hall of Fame class and it includes an incredible 23 Mudcats! The Hall of Fame enshrinement banquet will be held in Evansville, Indiana on October 11th, 2015. The headliners for the class include Ernie Banks, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Ozzie Smith, President Eisenhower, Bob Feller, and Tim Lincecum. The Mudcats have been a staple in the semi-professional baseball scene for the last 20 years.
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The Mudcats announced the 5 selections for the 2015 Inaugural class late Sunday. The votes were tallied after a week long process that saw a very, very close race come down to the wire. With an extremely long alumni list and almost 60 Mudcats that have been affiliated with professional baseball these first 5 selections were tough. In the end it seems the committee's selections definitely displayed the efforts of some of the founding fathers and leadership that has guided the Austin Mudcats as a well respected organization over the past 3 decades. Congratulations to these individuals! Here are your 5 selections for the 2015 Austin Mudcats Hall Of Fame class:
2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
DON CHILDS - Don was a member of the Mudcats from 1997-2003. A formidable hitter and pitcher as well as an assistant coach, Don pitched and got the win vs Cherry Creek, CO for the Mudcats in their first ever trip to the NBC World Series. Don is a lifetime .431 hitter with 16 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 36 RU, and 1 SB. Don was also 12-7 on the mound with 1 Save. In his days as an assistant manager the Cats were a combined 169-80 with 5 Championships and 6 NBC World Series appearances. Don is a lawyer these days and continues to live in the Austin area.
TODD HOTZ - Todd was a member of the Mudcats from 1997-2003. Todd was the head manager and lead the Cats to a 169-80 record over that span including 5 Championships and 6 NBC World Series appearances. Todd was well known for his intellect and wisdom as well as managing with an iron fist similar to Coach Gus at UT. Todd also logged a win and two saves for the Cats. Todd is a lawyer these days and still lives in the Austin area.
JIMMIE NAUMANN - Jimmie is widely considered the Father of the Mudcats. Jimmie is the President and CEO of the Mudcats and has been with the Cats since 1996. Jimmie has lifetime stats of .361 avg., 78 HI, 68 1B, 8 2B, 2 HR, 63 RBI, 49 RU, and 39 BB. Jimmie has been a part of all 14 Championships with the Cats and he is still going. When anyone mentions anything about the Mudcats it is hard for them not to mention Jimmie Naumann. Jimmie works for Texas Legislative Service and still resides in the Austin area.
DAVID PRATT - David has been the manager for the Cats since 2008. Since becoming manager the Cats have a record of 140-37 with 8 Championships and 1 ASPBA World Series Runner Up in 2010. David has manage several professional baseball players including the late Brad Halsey who pitched for the New York Yankees. David is a 2nd generation Mudcat of sorts as his son Michael also played for the Cats. David owns American Carpet Outlet and lives in Bastrop.
MIKE PUMO - Mike has been with the Cats for 17 years and still going. Mike has lifetime stats of .408 avg., 217 HI, 138 1B, 51 2B, 9 3B, 19 HR, 151 RBI, 194 RU, and 48 SB. Mike has been a part of 13 Championships with the Cats including 2 different World Series. Mike will be entering his 18th season this Spring and is one of only a few lifelong Cats. Mike owns several bars around town and continues to live in the Austin area.