After the Kerrville Major League All Stars fell to Boerne, 12-9, in the District 26 championship at the Ingram Little League field, they congregated near the first-base line to hear coach Eloy Vasquez’s postgame address.
Vasquez knew his players were hurting in that moment, but he encouraged them to see the bigger picture. He wanted them to be proud of their accomplishments this season, proud of the fact that they made the all-star team and proud of the fact that they won three straight games to reach the championship contest.
“I’m not disappointed in the way they played — they fought long and hard to get where they are at tonight,” Vasquez said. “This loss brings out a lot emotions for them. They felt like they deserved to win.”
And deservedly so. Kerrville fell behind 7-0 in the second inning, but never panicked. Myles McDaniels battled on the mound, tossing 3.1 innings in relief to help Kerrville stay within striking distance. Peyton Middleton raked at the plate, going 4-for-4 at the plate to drive in four runs. And Darren Dominguez both blasted a solo home run. All three individual efforts helped Kerrville even the score at 8-8 in the fourth inning.
But Boerne capitalized on some miscues to seize a 12-8 lead in the fifth. Noah Collins muscled another home run in the sixth, but Kerrville couldn’t complete the rally.
“They proved to everyone that they are down for the fight until the end,” Vasquez said.
After the game, Vasquez also asked his players if they learned anything during this all-star tournament? When they all agreed that they had, Vasquez urged them to apply those lessons as they continue their baseball journeys. He’s confident that all of them will continue to excel at the sport.
“A lot of the boys will have great baseball careers,” Vasquez said. “They will all see each other on the high-school baseball field together. … I told them that you win some, you lose some, but you still have baseball that you can play for the rest of your life.”