HS Watch: Evan Maldonado Sets Pace Early

Evan Maldonado of the Sharyland Pioneer
Evan Maldonado of the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks.
(photo via the Diamondback Baseball Twitter account)

Sharyland Pioneer junior and Houston Cougar commit, Evan Maldonado, set the pace early and had a big day for Diamondbacks as they advanced to the next round of the Texas 5A state playoffs on Saturday afternoon in Laredo . . . Pioneer’s opponent was Boerne Champion, a team ranked number two in 5A in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches poll.

Sharyland Pioneer won the first game of the three-game series on Friday 6-3 . . . Beorne Champion won an extra inning 8-6 slugfest in Saturday’s first game, forcing a deciding game three late Saturday afternoon.

In the top of the second with the game still scoreless, Evan Maldonado hit a double to drive in the first run for the Diamondbacks, giving them a 1-0 lead with his RBI . . . In the next inning, Maldonado batted with runners on second and third and he drove a single into shallow right-center to plate both runners and make the score 4-0.

Evan Maldonado was 2-for-3 in the game and reached base one other time with a walk, but his three early RBI set the pace and effectively put the game out of reach for Boerne Champion as Sharyland Pioneer took the game 11-0 and advanced to the next round where they will face Sharyland for a spot in the state baseball tournament in two weeks. –

BOX SCORE
Box Scor                 e    1 2 3    4 5 6   7   –  TOTAL
Sharyland Pioneer     0 1 3   3 2 0   2   –  11
Boerne Champion     0 0 0   0 0 0  0   –  0

Newspaper column version of this recap

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