Leyton Barry has played second base and outfield for the UTSA this season and also saw action in the infield for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio in last summer’s Texas Collegiate League season.
This season for UTSA, Barry is batting .324 in 14 games with seven RBIs and one home run. In the covid-shortened 2020 season, Barry was second on UTSA in batting at .353 in 13 games with three home runs and 14 RBIs.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore from Houston throws right and bats left-handed.
Last summer with the Flying Chanclas, Barry batted .279 in 12 games with seven RBIs and one home run.
Conner Shepperd spent parts of 2020 playing in relatively brief seasons for TCU and the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio.
The 6-foot-1 infielder from California started in all 15 games for the Horned Frogs in the covid-shortened 2020 college season.
He headed to San Antonio for the summer 2020 Texas Collegiate League season. Shepherd had four hits and five RBIs in the Flying Chanclas’ first six games of the season. He was later sidelined by an injury after taking a pitch off his hand.
Shepherd earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors at TCU in 2019 – the last full college season.
This season the left-handed hitter is third among the Horned Frogs in batting at .316 with one home run, one triple and three doubles with seven RBIs in 14 games. His home run came in San Antonio at Roadrunner Field against UTSA.
Lefty-hitting Conner Shepherd drilled TCU’s only home run on a night that felt like it was made for right-handed batters to go deep.
Shepherd’s opposite-field blast down the left-field line in the fourth inning was part of a nine-hit attack by the Horned Frogs in a 6-3 victory over UTSA at Roadrunner Field on Wednesday.
UTSA got home runs by right-handed batters Nick Thornquist and Kyle Bergeron, but had only one other hit in the game. The wind was steadily blowing straight out to left field all night.
TCU is No. 11 in the NCAA rankings and No. 9 by Baseball America.
Shepherd, a senior from California, played for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio during the 2020 Texas Collegiate League season. He started at third base for TCU on Wednesday. He is hitting .294 and Wednesday’s homer was his first of the season.
TCU’s Luke Boyers, a freshman from Boerne Champion High School, walked and scored in the first inning. The Frogs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with two hits and a UTSA error. TCU led the rest of the way.
Jonathan Tapia is a junior at UTSA and has started six of seven games so far this season, hitting .350 and seeing action mostly at second base but also in the outfield.
Tapia played his high school ball not far from UTSA at O’Connor. He played in 44 games as a UTSA freshman in 2018 and 51 games as a sophomore in 2019. He also saw action in 15 of 17 UTSA games in 2020 in the covid-shortened season.
Tapia played in the 2020 Texas Collegiate League, starting the season in Victoria and moving to the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio later in the summer.
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio’s season ended with a 7-3 loss to the Brazos Valley Bombers on Wednesday in Bryan in the Texas Collegiate League playoffs.
The Bombers will play for the TCL title on Saturday against either the Amarillo Sod Squad or Tulsa Drillers.
It’s been fun to watch college baseball players at Wolff Stadium over the last month. The Chanclas had lots of local talent. Both the Chanclas and the visiting teams had some top players from some of the big schools.