Flying Chanclas win Texas Collegiate League championship

The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio with the Texas Collegiate League championship trophy. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio with the Texas Collegiate League championship trophy.
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio won Saturday’s single-game playoff to clinch the 2021 Texas Collegiate League championship.

This was the second summer for San Antonio’s entry in the Texas Collegiate League and the first time the Chanclas won the title.

The Chanclas broke the game open in the late innings to beat the Victoria Generals 8-0 at Wolff Stadium.

Chanclas pitchers Alec Martinez, JT Moeller, Jarek Wells, Evan Maldonado and Connor Schmidt combined to shut out the Generals.

Rody Barker drove in Cole Modgling with the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth.

The Chanclas got three runs in a sixth inning that included RBI hits by Zac Vooletich and Modgling and a sacrifice fly by Cole Posey. They added four runs in the seventh on two bases-loaded walks and a Generals error.

Flying Chandlas earn spot in TCL championship game

Flying Chanclas de San Antonio center fielder Cole Modgling dives to catch a short fly ball in Wednesday's playoff victory over the Brazos Valley Bombers at St. Mary's University. - photo by Joe Alexander
Flying Chanclas center fielder Cole Modgling dives to catch a short fly ball in Wednesday’s playoff victory over Brazos Valley.
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio beat the Brazos Valley Bombers 4-2 on Wednesday at St. Mary’s University in Game 2 of their Texas Collegiate League playoff series.

The Chanclas swept the best-of-three series and will play at home Saturday at noon at Wolff Stadium in a single-game championship.

The Chanclas held off the Bombers with solid pitching. Starter Kolby Lunsford allowed two runs on five hits through seven innings and left with a 4-2 lead. Jarek Wells was the Chanclas’ first reliever, taking care of the eighth inning. Connor Schmidt came in to close it out in the ninth.

The Chanclas took their first lead of the game and went in front for good when Ryan Flores drove in Cole Modgling with two outs in bottom of fourth. Rody Barker’s hit into short right-center brought in Cole Modgling in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2.

The Chanclas scored twice in the bottom of the third to tie it 2-2 after the Bombers scored twice in the top of the inning. Justin Thompson drove in Ryan Flores for the Chanclas’ first run and Zac Vooletich’s grounder scored Thompson with the tying run.

UTSA’s Luke Malone pitching for Flying Chanclas

Luke Malone from UTSA pitching for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Luke Malone from UTSA pitching for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.
Luke Malone has made seven starts for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio during the 2021 Texas Collegiate League Season.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander from Round Rock appeared in 17 games for UTSA in 2021 with seven starts and a 2-2 record. He had a 6.41 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings.

Flying Chanclas’ home series against Brazos Valley

Kolby Lunsford from O'Connor High School and A&M-Kingsville was the starting pitcher for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio on Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Kolby Lunsford from O’Connor High School and A&M-Kingsville was the starting pitcher for the Flying Chanclas on Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium.
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio have the best record in the Texas Collegiate League at 12-3.

The Chanclas, who are part of the San Antonio Missions organization, are currently playing a five-game homestand at Wolff Stadium.

The Brazos Valley Bombers beat the Chanclas 6-4 on Tuesday. The Chanclas and Bombers play again tonight and Thursday. The Chanclas continue the homestand with Friday and Saturday games against the Baton Rouge Rougarou.

UTSA’s Chris Shull plays in San Antonio in summer league

UTSA's Chris Shull playing for the Brazos Valley Bombers against the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Chris Shull playing for the Brazos Valley Bombers against the Flying Chanclas on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.
UTSA’s Chris Shull was in action for the Brazos Valley Bombers on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium in Texas Collegiate League action.

Shull played left field and had two hits and two runs as the Bombers beat the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio 6-4.

The 6-foot right-hander from MacArthur High School is listed as a pitcher on both the UTSA and Bombers rosters. He is batting .375 in five Bombers games. He also pitched in three games in relief and has not allowed in a run in 4 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

UTSA baseball player Joshua Lamb season wrapup

Joshua Lamb playing for UTSA against Rice on April 23, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Joshua Lamb playing for UTSA against Rice on April 23 at Roadrunner Field.
Joshua Lamb was listed as a redshirt junior for the 2021 season and received his UTSA degree this spring.

The 6-foot shortstop from Nederland, Texas, played all 48 games this season. He batted .324 with five home runs and 39 RBIs. He was second on the team in doubles with 14.

UTSA baseball player Dylan Rock season wrapup

Dylan Rock playing for UTSA against Rice on April 24, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Dylan Rock playing for UTSA against Rice on April 24, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. – photo by Joe Alexander
Dylan Rock was UTSA’s starting center fielder and this season was listed as a junior from Sugar Land, Texas. He received his degree in May.

He batted .326 in 2021 and hit eight home runs with 38 RBIs while playing in all 48 games.

UTSA baseball player Griffin Paxton season wrapup

Griffin Paxton playing for UTSA against Old Dominion on May 9, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Griffin Paxton playing for UTSA against Old Dominion on May 9 at Roadrunner Field.
Griffin Paxton was on the field every game for UTSA, usually at first base and occasionally as the designated hitter.

The senior from West, Texas earned second-team All-Conference USA honors. He batted .335 with seven home runs and was second on the team in RBIs with 43.

UTSA baseball player Chase Keng season wrapup

Chase Keng playing for UTSA against Middle Tennessee on April 9, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Chase Keng playing for UTSA against Middle Tennessee on April 9 at Roadrunner Field.
Chase Keng was listed as a junior on the 2021 UTSA baseball roster, but earned his degree this spring. He was named to the Academic Momentum Award Teams.

Keng batted .301 in 34 games with seven home runs and 31 RBIs this season. He is a 6-foot-1 outfielder from Deer Park, Texas.

UTSA senior baseball player Nick Thornquist – season wrapup

Nick Thornquist playing for UTSA against Rice on April 24, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Nick Thornquist playing for UTSA against Rice on April 24, at Roadrunner Field.
Nick Thornquist started all 48 games in 2021 and led UTSA in home runs with 13 and RBIs with 47.

The senior catcher from Flower Mound, Texas, earned first-team All-Conference USA honors. He was named a semifinalist for the Buster Posey Award, given annually to the nation’s top college catcher.

Thornquist got his degree at UTSA this spring.