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.

Jalen Battles returns to Wolff Stadium with Flying Chanclas

Jalen Battles playing shortstop for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio in Tuesday's 10-9 victory over the Brazos Valley Bombers at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Jalen Battles playing shortstop for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio in Tuesday’s victory over Brazos Valley at Wolff Stadium.
Jalen Battles was a member of the 2020 Flying Chanclas de San Antonio team in the Texas Collegiate League.

Since then, Battles gained national attention as a star on the Arkansas team that captured the SEC Tournament title. In the tournament he batted .538 with a home run and drove in five runs and was named the MVP. On the season, Battles batted .269 in 61 games with six home runs and 43 RBIs.

Tuesday night the former Madison High School star was back at Wolff Stadium. A recent addition to this season’s Flying Chanclas roster, he had a walk-off single in a 10-9 victory over the Brazos Valley Bomber. He finished the night with four hits, three RBIs and a run scored.

Battles is playing shortstop and batting .471 in four games with the Flying Chanclas (8-of-17).

Jalen Battles playing for Flying Chanclas: Summer 2020

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 pitcher Arturo Guajardo photo gallery

UTSA's Arturo Guajardo pitching against Middle Tennessee on April 9, 2021 at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Arturo Guajardo pitching against Middle Tennessee on April 9 at Roadrunner Field. – photos by Joe Alexander
Arturo Guajardo is second among UTSA pitchers in appearances this season with 12, all in relief. He has a 3-1 record with one save and a 6.05 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.

Last summer, Guajardo played for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio in the Texas Collegiate League. He appeared in 10 games in relief and had a 2-0 record with a 1.96 ERA.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander is a redshirt senior from Laredo. He played at Laredo Community College and Laredo United High School before coming to UTSA.

Guajardo did not play at UTSA did not play at UTSA prior to this season.

Arturo Guajardo pitching for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio at Wolff Stadiun during the 2020 Texas Collegiate League season. - photo by Joe Alexander
Arturo Guajardo pitching for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio at Wolff Stadiun during the 2020 Texas Collegiate League season. – photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA and Flying Chanclas’ Leyton Barry photo gallery

UTSA baseball Leyton Barry by Joe Alexander
Leyton Barry playing left field for UTSA against Southern Miss on April 1, 2021 at Roadrunner Field.
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.

San Antonio Flying Chanclas baseball Leyton Barry by Joe Alexander
Leyton Barry playing for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio at Wolff Stadium during the 2020 Texas Collegiate League summer season.

TCU baseball infielder Conner Shepherd: photo gallery

TCU third baseman Conner Shepherd, a member of the 2020 Flying Chanclas de San Antonio, plays against UTSA on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
TCU’s Conner Shepherd, a member of the 2020 Flying Chanclas de San Antonio, celebrates a home run during the 2021 college season.
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.

* Stats from gofrogs.com/

Conner Shepherd of the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio playing against the Acadiana Cane Cutters at Wolff Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020. - photo by Joe Alexander
Conner Shepherd playing third base for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio at Wolff Stadium during the 2020 Texas Collegiate League season.