HS Baseball: Rattlers try to bounce back at home

San Marcos reliever Derrick Vasquez delivers an offering during the Rattlers’ 5-4 win over New Braunfels last Friday. The Rattlers host New Braunfels-Canyon tonight at 7 p.m.

San Marcos High School head baseball coach Bryan Webb had an inkling that the first round of District 25-5A play was going to be difficult for his Rattler baseball team, considering three of team’s five first-round games are on the road.

After dropping the first their first two 25-5A road games, a 2-0 district-opening loss at Smithson Valley and Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss at Converse-Judson, Webb realizes his team is going to have to come through with some road wins in order to compete for the 25-5A title.

In the meantime, San Marcos has to take care of business at home, which is what the Snakes hope to do tonight with a 7 p.m. game against San Antonio-Wagner.

“I don’t want to call it a must-win game, but this is going to be a big ball game to see how we respond and grab some momentum going into what will be an eight-day layoff,” Webb said. “This is one of the most competitive districts overall in the state, and with three of the first five game on the road, we need to keep things to where we have chances to win some big games at home in the second round. This district isn’t going to be won in the first round.”

San Marcos (15-8, 1-2 25-5A) will attempt to rebound from a rough offensive outing against Judson, where Rocket starter Zach Schneider limited the Snakes to only four hits while striking out 11. SMHS also stranded six base runners in the loss, the team’s second shut-out loss of the season and second in 25-5A play.

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