Victoria Advocate Sports 1992

Comanches Claim Class 2A Baseball Title
Boedeker gains rare save after Otto forced to leave game with hand injury

Saturday, June 13, 1992
by Mike Forman, Advocate Sports Writer

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Shiner's Jamie Machacek gets beat to the second base bag by China Spring's Jeff Tabor during third inning play. Shiner went on to win the Class 2A title game 5-4.
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AUSTIN —- Daniel Boedeker has always struggled as a reliever but with a state championship on the line, there was no one Shiner coach Steve Cerny would rather have on the mound.

After yielding three straight hits, Boedeker got the final four outs to preserve Shiner's 5-4 Class 2A state fina] victory over the China Spring Cougars before 5,213 on a sunny, hot Friday afternoon at Disch-Falk Field.

By claiming their second state title, the Comanches duplicated a feat accomplished by the 1981 Shiner team and ended the season with a 21-8 record,

China Spring, which was making its fifth state tournament appearance, finished with a 26-3-2 mark.

“I have never been a successful reliever,” said Boedeker, who earned his second save. “But I knew this was do or die. I was thinking about nothing else but winning this game.”

Boedeker had hoped to play the entire game at shortstop after throwing 118 pitches and a five-hit shutout in Shiner's 3-0 semifinal victory over Holliday Thursday night.

But Boedeker was forced into the game when starter Wayne Otto (6-4) had the finger on his pitching hand spiked by China Spring's Jeffrey Scoggins on a play at first base.

Otto was running to the bag and bent over in an attempt to catch an errant throw from first baseman Jason Wegener when the injury occurred.

China Spring shaved a 5-0 deficit to 5-2 on the play, and three consecutive singles off Boedeker pulled the Cougars within 5-4 with runners on first and second and two outs.

“Daniel never could relieve,” joked Shiner catcher Randy Machacek. “He started off shaky again. But he found the groove in the last inning and his pitches really started breaking.”

Boedeker struck out leadoff hitter Gilby Beckham to end the sixth and then retired China Spring in order in the seventh, striking out clean-up hitter Eugene Yedinak to end the game.

“I wasn't nervous out there. I was hot,” insisted Boedeker, who threw 32 pitches and had a 14- inning scoreless string broken. “When I came in, I was still tight from yesterday. But I was feeling good in the last inning.”

Otto was on target after escaping a first-inning jam.

Beckham led off the game with a triple and Otto walked Nathan Self, who then stole second base.

But after a meeting with Cerny, Otto struck out the side and surrendered only one hit until the sixth.

“Coach Cerny just told me to relax, calm down and get back into it,” said Otto, who had 10 strikeouts. “I was able to find the strike zone and keep my pitches lower. All my stuff was working good.”

Otto's performance in the first inning seemed to inspire the Comanches, who jumped on China Spring starter Jimmy Holcomb (9-2) for three runs.

“When they didn't score in the first, I told the kids that was the break we needed,’ Cerny said. “The momentum was definitely on our side.”

Jason Nerada singled and scored on a Chad Kubecka triple. Kubecka scored when Otto reached on an error by second baseman Jeff Tabor. Otto came home on singles by Boedeker and Randy Machacek.

Shiner added a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Kubecka and made it 5-0 in the third on a double by Boedeker and a single by Jamie Machacek.

Otto breezed into the sixth and struck out the first two batters he faced in the inning.

But Yedinak singled and James Tindell drove an 0-2 pitch off the wall in right field to break up the shutout.

“I hung a curve,” Otto sighed.

Otto would throw one more pitch before leaving the game.

“I had to go down to try and get the ball and he (Scoggins) just stepped on my finger,” Otto said. “There was no way I could throw after that.”

As a result, Cerny knew it was time for Boedeker.

“I figured there was a chance I could throw a couple of innings,” Boedeker said, “Once the game got going, I was thinking Wayne was going to make it. But when he cut his finger, I knew it was my turn.”

“All of Daniel's losses (3) have come in relief, but that was early in the season,” Cerny said. “I knew he could do it. Daniel's got a lot of heart.”


     1992 Texas UIL Class 2A State Baseball Championship
     Disch-Falk Field, University of Texas, Austin
     June 13, 1992

     Shiner Comanches 5, China Spring 4

                      123 456 78    R  H  E
       China Spring   000 004 0 - 4 7 2
       Shiner         311 000 x - 5 7 1

       Jimmy Holcomb, Nathan Self (6) and Eugene Yedinak.
       Wayne Otto, Daniel Boedeker (6) and Randy Machacek.
       W — Otto (6-4). L - Holcomb (9-2}.
       S - Boedeker (2). 2B - (S) Boedeker.
       3B — (CS) Gilby Beckham, James Tindell, (S) Chad Kubecka.


       SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 1992
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In 1992, Mike Forman was a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate.

Congratulations, Comanches !!

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