Chanclas win 10-1 in exhibition after Round Rock bows out

Jonathan Tapia from UTSA and O'Connor High School made his debut with the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio against Texas USA on Saturday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander

Jonathan Tapia, from UTSA and O’Connor High School, made his debut with the Flying Chanclas on Saturday night at Wolff Stadium. – Photo by Joe Alexander

The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio warmed up for the Texas Collegiate League playoffs by cruising to an easy exhibition victory Saturday night, downing Texas USA from the CENTEX League 10-1 at Wolff Stadium.

San Antonio will meet the Brazos Valley Bombers in a best-of-3 divisional series next week. The series will start Tuesday in either San Antonio or Bryan. The series winner will represent the South against the North in a one-game playoff for the TCL title.

The Chanclas’ exhibition game was played in the wake of an announcement earlier in the day that their final two TCL regular-season games against the Round Rock Hairy Men had been called off.

San Antonio and Round Rock were scheduled to close out their respective TCL schedules by playing in San Antonio Saturday night and in Round Rock at Dell Diamond on Sunday.

But those games were scrapped after Round Rock officials said that members of their team had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

“With two games remaining in the season, out of an abundance of caution, we felt it was in the best interest of the players and staff to end the season now,” general manager Tim Jackson said in a news release posted on Twitter.

Going into the weekend, the Chanclas and Hairy Men were scheduled to meet three times. On Friday night, the game in Round Rock was rained out.

After the cancellation of the last two games were announced Saturday afternoon, Round Rock finished its season with a 16-11 record.

A Chanclas spokesman said the TCL plans to move forward with playoff games next week. He said it means that Brazos Valley (17-12) and San Antonio (14-12) will meet in a best-of-three series for the South title.


The Bombers have won four out of six against the Chanclas this season. Most recently, the Bombers swept three games from the Chanclas in Bryan. Earlier, the Chanclas won two out of three in San Antonio at Wolff Stadium.

Brazos Valley downed the Victoria Generals, 4-3, in Bryan on Saturday night. Brazos Valley and Victoria will close out the final regular-season series in Bryan on Sunday.

Chanclas complete sweep with a 6-1 victory over the Hairy Men

The Flying Chanclas' Tyler Flores pitched three scoreless innings in relief against the Hairy Men on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander

Relief ace Tyler Flores retired all nine batters he faced as the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio defeated Round Rock at Wolff Stadium.- Photo by Joe Alexander

Lance Lusk, Tyler Flores and Connor Schmidt combined on a four-hitter Sunday night as the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio continued their pitching dominance in the Texas Collegiate League, downing the Round Rock Hairy Men, 6-1, at Wolff Stadium.

With the victory, San Antonio swept the three-game series against Round Rock.

The Chanclas entered the series finale with the TCL’s best earned run average at 2.93, and they lived up to their statistics with a solid performance against one of the league’s best hitting teams.

San Antonio pitchers struck out 10 and walked one. The only run they gave up was unearned. Flores was masterful, fanning four in throwing three perfect innings — nine up, nine down. Even though the defense committed two errors, the Chanclas made several strong plays in the field.

In the fourth inning, third baseman Johnny Hernandez robbed Round Rock of a hit with a diving grab on a line drive in the hole. Jordan Thompson made another fine play to end the inning. Playing a hit in right field, he bare-handed it and fired to second base, cutting down Cody Vannoy for the third out.

Leading by the eventual final score, the Chanclas added another solid play in the top of the eighth. Second baseman Grant Smith gloved a hard-hit ground ball that kicked up high on a bounce off the pitcher’s mound. Smith flipped to shortstop Jalen Battles, who tagged second and fired to first for the double play.

Lee Thomas led the offense with two hits and two RBI. A big moment for Thomas came in the eighth when he smashed a ball that hit the center field wall. The drive brought in Ryan Flores to score all the way from first. In jubilation, Thomas slid into third base, popped up and threw a fist in the air.


Round Rock 1 – 4 – 1
San Antonio 6 – 8 – 2
Please click on the link to see Sunday’s box score.

The Flying Chanclas' Lee Thomas celebrates after his RBI triple off the wall in center in the bottom of the eighth inning. - photo by Joe Alexander

Lee Thomas celebrates after an RBI triple in the eighth inning. Shaking off a slow start to the season, Thomas had two hits to raise his average to .219. – photo by Joe Alexander


San Antonio 7-4
Round Rock 6-6

Coming up

The Chanclas have the day off Monday. They open a three-game road series at Victoria on Tuesday.

The Flying Chanclas' Johnny Hernandez hits an RBI double in the fourth inning against the Hairy Men on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander

Johnny Hernandez hits an RBI double in the fourth inning Sunday as the Flying Chanclas remained undefeated at Wolff Stadium. – Photo by Joe Alexander


The Chanclas (7-4) moved into a virtual tie for first place in the TCL South with the Brazos Valley Bombers (6-3) …

The Chanclas’ pitching staff lowered its ERA to 2.65. Flores, from Clark High School and Texas A&M-Kingsville, lowered his personal ERA to 0.90. In five outings, he has yielded one run on five hits in 10 innings. Flores has struck out 11 and walked four …

Round Rock entered the series against the Chanclas on a hot streak, scoring 35 runs in a three-game sweep of Victoria.

Flying Chanclas win 15-3 as Tyler LaRue leads a massive rally

Trailing by two runs early, the Tyler LaRue-led Flying Chanclas de San Antonio poured it on late for a 15-3 victory Saturday night against the Round Rock Hairy Men.

The game was played in Round Rock at the Dell Diamond.

The Hairy Men took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. But after that, it was all Chanclas as they scored a season-high in runs courtesy of three errors, eight walks and six hit batsmen by the beleaguered home team.

Batting out of the seventh spot in the lineup, LaRue produced a season-high four hits, including a triple. He also scored twice and had a season-high three RBI.

LaRue, a former standout at Blanco, put on a show in the sixth inning when he belted a ball into deep center field. After it was fielded near the warning track, he rounded second, kept churning with surprising speed and slid in feet first for a triple.

Leyton Barry followed with a double to drive in LaRue, lifting the Chanclas into a 5-2 lead. Both Barry and Ryan Flores had two hits each in the game, with Flores driving in a pair of runs.

Chanclas bullpen pitching also excelled. The relief corps of Jaime Ramirez Jr., Zach DeLeon and Garrett Egli combined to limit the Hairy Men to one run and two hits over 5 and 1/3 innings.

For Ramirez, a left-hander from Holy Cross High School, it might have been his best performance of the season. He worked 2 and 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and walking one. Ramirez struck out three.

The Round Rock bullpen and defense cratered in the eighth inning, when the Chanclas scored four runs, and in the ninth, when they tallied six.

The Chanclas have won two straight against the Hairy Men leading into Sunday’s series finale in San Antonio at Wolff Stadium. Overall, they’ve won six of their last eight.

Before Saturday, life on the road had not been very good for the Chanclas in their first season in the Texas Collegiate League.

They had lost four of their first five road games, including two by shutout and one by a no-hitter/shutout, coming in a 5-0 loss Wednesday at Acadiana in Youngsville, La.

But, with the run-away victory at Dell Diamond, they seemed to break the spell, improving to 2-4 in games played away from home.


Both teams reported via Twitter immediately after the game a final score of 14-3. The box score on the Texas Collegiate League website reported it on Sunday afternoon as 15-3.


San Antonio 15 12 1
Round Rock 3 8 3
Please click the link for Saturday’s box score.


San Antonio 6-4
Round Rock 6-5

Coming up

Round Rock at San Antonio, 7:05 p.m. Sunday.

Flying Chanclas win 7-2 to stop a two-game skid

New Flying Chanclas de San Antonio infielder Jalen Battles started at second base against the Round Rock Hair Men on Friday, July 10, 2020, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander

New Flying Chanclas de San Antonio infielder Jalen Battles started at second base against Round Rock. The former Madison High School standout has committed to the University of Arkansas. – photo by Joe Alexander

Outfielder Leyton Barry on Friday hit the first home run of the season for the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio, who opened a three-game series against the Round Rock Hairy Men with a 7-2 victory at Wolff Stadium.

Barry delivered with his two-run shot in the seventh inning.

Playing with a revamped infield featuring newcomers Bryan Aguilar and Jalen Battles, the Chanclas unleashed a 10-hit attack to snap a two-game losing streak.


Round Rock 2 – 6 – 0
San Antonio 7 – 10 – 4

Please click the link to find a box score of Friday night’s game.

Coming up

San Antonio at Round Rock, 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Round Rock at San Antonio, 7:05 p.m. Sunday.


San Antonio 5-4
Round Rock 6-4

New Flying Chanclas de San Antonio infielder Bryan Aguilar started at shortstop against the Round Rock Hair Men on Friday, July 10, 2020, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander

Flying Chanclas’ newcomer Bryan Aguilar, in his second game with the team, started at shortstop against Round Rock. – photo by Joe Alexander