Pearsall opens season, hosts Maverick Classic this weekend
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PEARSALL MAVERICKS BASEBALL
MAVS OPEN SEASON WITH 8-2 WIN OVER CRYSTAL CITY; OPEN TOURNEY PLAY ON THURSDAY
Having kicked off the season with an 8-2 win over Crystal City Monday evening, February 20, the Pearsall Mavericks will play host to their annual Maverick Classic baseball tournament this weekend at Carroll Nations Field.
An eight-team field will be vying for the tournament title in action Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.
Pearsall will play host to the San Antonio Memorial Minutemen, Lanier Voks, Bandera Bulldogs, Poteet Aggies, San Antonio Christian Lions, Dilley Wolves and West Campus Cougars.
Action kicks off February 23 at 9 a.m. as Dilley take on Lanier in the tournament opener. The Wolves will take on Poteet at 3:45 p.m. and then SA Christian Friday morning at 9 a.m. The team will then take on Bandera Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Pearsall will host Poteet Thursday evening at 8:15 p.m., take on West Campus Friday morning at 11:15 a.m. and then face Lanier at 8:15 p.m. on Friday. The Mavs play host to Christian at 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
In their 8-2 win Monday evening, the team used a four-run third inning and added two more in the sixth to break open a 2-2 tie and top the Javelinas.
While optimistic about the season, Pearsall Head Baseball Coach Ray Talamantes said his team has several obstacles to overcome in defending its 2022 district championship.
“This season is going to look alot different from the past couple of years,” he said. “We have added a couple of new teams to our district this year – Uvalde, Devine, Carrizo Springs, Somerset, Pleasanton and Floresville.
“We do have plenty of returners from last year’s district championship team that will help us compete in this tough district and I think the point of emphasis will be pitching. We lost alot of experience on the mound due to graduation, but we have some young guys that we hope will step up and go out and compete.”
Talamantes hasn’t minced words with his team about the difficult task they have ahead of them this year.
“I haven’t sugar coated anything to our guys,” he said. “We know it is going to be a tough road ahead but if we focus on the little things leading up to our first district game, I think we will be in good shape to go out and compete every single game.”