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Rattlers on the verge of making history

20190525 KTHSvsSHS Going into this season, the Sharyland Rattlers’ baseball team was not expected to accomplish anything special. S

Sure they were coming off a season in which they were the District 31-5A runner-ups and yes they did go on to win a bi-district championship, but while they were expected to contend for one of the district’s four playoff spots this year, they really weren’t considered to be district champions or post second round playoff material.

Much to everybody’s surprise, not only did the Rattlers take the district championship but they now find themselves just two wins away from qualifying for the state’s final four for the first time in school history.

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Pioneer Holds On For Game One Victory

20190530 SPHSvsSHSSTIt was a standing-room only crowd last night as more than 5,000 fans lined up at the UTRGV Stadium last night to witness the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks withstand a seventh inning rally to defeat the Sharyland Rattlers 7-6 in Game 1 of their best-of-three 5A Region IV Finals series at UTRGV. Pioneer had built leads of 5-1 and 7-3 before the Rattlers scored multiple times in both the sixth and seventh innings to keep it close.

The Diamondbacks got an RBI single from Ray Hernandez and a homerun from Evan Maldonado to lead 2-1 after five innings. The two teams combined for ten runs in the game’s last three innings. Pioneer scored once in the fifth and twice in both the sixth and the seventh courtesy of a number of Rattlers fielding and throwing errors.

Pioneer gave the Rattlers two runs on two errors of their own in the sixth but held on for the win as Sharyland fought back with a walk and four hits in a three run seventh. The Rattlers got RBIs from Saul Soto, Diego Pena and two from Randy Garcia to keep the pressure on Pioneer.

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Rattlers Reach Regional Semifinals

20190302 BaseballSHSTeamSTThe Sharyland Rattlers continued their run through the UIL baseball playoffs last week in a hard fought, tension filled matchup with fellow Big 7 and District 31-5A rival La Joya Palmview. The Rattlers prevailed over the Lobos 2-1 in a best-of-three regional quarterfinal series to advance to this week’s Region IV semifinals.

Next up for Sharyland is Kerrville Tivy from District 26-5A. The Antlers are currently 29-11 on the season having defeated Austin Johnson, San Antonio Alamo Heights and Dripping Springs so far in the postseason. Tivy reached the regional finals last year and the regional semifinals in 2017. The series is scheduled as a best-of-three slated to begin tonight at 7:30 pm at Riverside Park in Victoria. Game 2 will be Saturday at Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi at 3pm. If necessary, Game 3 will also be at Cabaniss; 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2.

Sharyland will be making their first appearance in the regional semis since 2012. So far this postseason the Rattlers have recorded victories over Edcouch-Elsa and Corpus Christi King before subduing the Lobos. The Rattlers are currently 32-5.

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Sharyland High’s Jimmy Lee wins state championship

20190521 JimmyLeeSTThe fourth time at the UIL Golf State Tournament was the charm for Sharyland Rattlers’ golfer Jummin “Jimmy” Lee who claimed the first ever golf state championship in Sharyland High School history Tuesday. Lee shot a three under 69 in the first round to finish the day in a two-way tie for first place with Turner Hosch of Highland Park Blue.

In the second round, Lee shot a four under 68 to pull away from Hosch, and the rest of the field, and finish four strokes ahead of his nearest opponent, Kevin Watts of Colleyville Heritage, with a two day, seven under, total of 137. Lee’s previous finishes at the state tournament were 10th place his freshman year, fifth place his sophomore year and third place last year, when he was a junior.

Lee, a South Korea native, is a four time district champion, a two time regional champion, a four time state qualifier, a three-time winner of the All-Valley boys golfer of the year award and now he is a state champion.

Congratulations to Jimmy, Rattlers’ head golf coach Ashley Garza and the entire Sharyland High golf program for a job well done!

Diamondbacks experience sweet success

20190511 CCVMHSvsSPHSTeamFor the first time in school history, the Pioneer Diamondbacks’ baseball team is in the state’s Sweet 16. Officially known as the UIL Region IV Semifinals, the fourth round of the state playoffs is affectionately referred to as the Sweet 16 due to the fact that there are only 16 5A teams from across the state of Texas alive in the playoffs. That is down from the 128 teams that originally qualified for the playoffs.

As impressive as the Diamondbacks’ unprecedented success so far this season is, it’s even more impressive when you take into account the fact that prior to Coach Casey Smith’s hiring at Pioneer High just two years ago, the Diamondbacks’ combined three year record was 7-33. While it may be entirely coincidental, the Diamondbacks’ overall record so far this season is 33-7. And that in itself is proof of how Smith has turned the baseball program at Pioneer around 180 degrees.

So what is it about the 2019 Diamondbacks that has allowed them to not only win Bi-district, Area and Regional Quarterfinals championships already this postseason, but has also seen them win all five elimination games they have played en-route to becoming a Sweet 16 team? Smith believes he has the answer.

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Sharyland’s Lee: Top golfer to a tee

20190507 SharylandRattlersGolfersHis name is Jummin Lee but he goes by “Jimmy” and he is one of the top junior golfers in the nation. Is he however the best boys 5A golfer in the state of Texas? He very well could be, and he’s about to get the opportunity to prove that he is Monday and Tuesday as he competes in the UIL Golf State Tournament in Georgetown.

As a four time district champion, a two time regional champion and a four time state qualifier, with a third place finish last year, Lee certainly has earned the right to be named the All-Valley boys golfer of the year the past three years as he has. However, the one accomplishment that has eluded him is a state championship And that is what he is determined to bring back from Georgetown with him next week.

Now in his senior year at Sharyland High School, Lee was only a sophomore when he committed to continue his golfing career at what was the second ranked golf school at the time, Texas A & M University. He is now ranked 27th in the nation in junior golf and is ranked 604th in the world as an amateur golfer.

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