Marble Falls honors top Mustangs in baseball and softball


MARBLE FALLS — The only surprise at the Marble Falls High School baseball and softball awards ceremony May 22 occurred when a handful of senior Mustangs weren’t introduced to the crowd.But in good-natured fashion, Stacy Heinatz, Joey Blackledge and Domenic Patterson made their way to their teammates and shared a laugh with the rest of the audience.

It was Blackledge, after all, who predicted the Mustangs would not only be good, they would compete for the Distrrict 25-4A crown. And they did, staying in first place for five of the seven weeks of the season.

But Blackledge wasn’t the only one who predicted the baseball team would be solid.

Head coach J.T. Blair recalled having a conversation with a basketball coach before after-school baseball practice began. Blair said his colleague told him to expect great things in 2013.

“He said, ‘When I leave to go home at night, all I hear is the music blaring at the baseball field and the ping of the bat,'” he said. “That’s when I thought, ‘We might be pretty good this year,’ and we were.”

Once after-school practices started, Blair gathered his players and told them the Mustangs would start the season 10-0.

“There was nothing but crickets when I said it,” he said with a grin. “The boys looked at me like I was crazy. We went 8-2. And they’ll tell you we probably should have gone 10-0.”

Marble Falls was the district runner-up with a 13-8 record, was 23-8 overall and won a bi-district championship.

The softball team had a pre-district season much like the baseball squad’s. The Lady Mustangs won their own tournament and the Kerrville Tivy tournament and finished third at the College Station tournament, an event where 12 of the 16 squads competing advanced to the playoffs.

Marble Falls went 22-12 overall and was 5-7 in district play to finish in fourth place. The Lady Mustangs captured a bi-district championship.

“It was a good year, and we look to continue the tradition we have and four seasons to come,” head coach Tino Salazar said.

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Marble Falls baseballMarble Falls High School assistant baseball coach J.P. Gray (left) hugs senior Stacy Heinatz as seniors Joey Blackledge and Domenic Patterson wait their turn while assistant coach Weston Franco laughs. A few of the seniors weren’t introduced but made their way to the front of the room. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

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Marble Falls baseballMarble Falls High School head baseball coach J.T. Blair (left) gives senior shortstop Stacy Heinatz his certificate for being a unanimous first-team, all-District 25-4A selection. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

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Most Valuable Player – pitcher Cole Ridgely (12-3) led the Austin area with 120 strikeouts in 81 innings; most improved – Jimmy Damico; Spirit Award – Cole Wilson; academic all-district – Zachary Atchison, Joey Blackledge, Hunter Dooley, Austin Fryar, Stacy Heinatz, Cole Ridgely, Jay Watson, J.T. Watson, Chris Wilson, Garrett Winslett, (managers) Paxton Oberle and Cody Jukes, (trainers) Corrinne Larson and Samantha Noblin

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Team Most Valuable Player – Amanda Thomas; Offensive Player of the Year – Tyler Oppenheim; Defensive Player of the Year – Hailey Wooten; Heart Award – Sarah Hodgdon; academic all-state: Abby Henry, Catie Whitecotton; academic all-district – Tyler Oppenheim, Hailey Wooten, Skyler Riler, Amanda Thomas, Hayley Fishbeck, Abby Henry, Catie Whitecotton, Trudy Gordon, Makenzie Carpenter, Sarah Hodgdon, Emilee Beuershausen, Zoey Schoch, Alex Southworth

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