Rattlers compete against alumni squad

Photo by Gerald Castillo

High School Baseball

Jeremy Gonzalez enjoys getting to play against his old team every year. 

Gonzalez, who graduate from San Marcos High School in 2010 and played under head coach Bryan Webb, participated in the Rattlers’ annual alumni games on Saturday. He said it was great to go up against Webb and his team.

“To come back out here, a lot of us didn’t get to play on this turf and the new facilities, just to get the guys riled back up again — 90 percent of us played for coach Webb — so, I mean, to be able to go and try and beat his squad is awesome,” Gonzalez said. “We look forward to it every year ... I do my best to get as much guys as I can to come out here and just have fun.” 

San Marcos and the Rattler alumni played two five inning games. San Marcos downed the alumni squad in both games but not without a challenge. 

The alumni team came out strong in the first game and plated three runs in the opening frame. But San Marcos worked its way to a 4-4 tie through two innings. 

San Marcos pulled away in the fourth inning with three runs to take a 7-4 lead and added two insurance runs in the fourth inning to push its lead out 9-4. The alumni squad couldn’t put together a comeback and dropped the opening game, 9-4. 

San Marcos and the alumni team were knotted up throughout most of the second game. The Rattlers only saw themselves with a 1-0 lead until they broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning to claim a 6-0 advantage. San Marcos closed out the game to down the alumni squad, 6-0. 

Webb said Saturday’s alumni games is a fun way to close out the preseason. 

“We have a good time with them,” Webb said. “We rag on them but our alumni team isn’t bad. The first time we played the alumni game we beat them 17-to-nothing and 21-to-nothing. I mean, they kind of fell apart in that last inning but it was 1-0 in the fifth inning. But it’s a blast to see these guys comeback. So, it’s just a tribute to the program. You know, what the program meant to get them back over here.” 

Gonzalez and Webb said they both enjoy being able to smack talk each other during the game. They both said it’s a fun part of the atmosphere. 

“It’s a blast,” Webb said. “But tell (Gonzalez), ‘One day, tell him that he’s going to have to beat us before he can talk mess.’”

But more importantly, Webb said the alumni game is a good way to showcase to his current players all the talent that’s come through the program.

“I was telling coach Robledo when every kid was coming up, I had these guys over there telling them, ‘This kid was an All-State kid. This kid was an All-District kid. This kid had very limited talent but this is what he did,’” Webb said. “I was going through each one of them and I told the varsity guys before they got here, ‘Every guy over there went what you went through to get that banner.’”

San Marcos begins its season on Thursday when it hosts its annual tournament, but Gonzalez and the rest of the alumni squad are already looking forward to playing in next year’s alumni game. 

“(One of my teammates) just said right now, ‘I’m already going to start practicing for next year,’” Gonzalez said. “I asked every guy on the field and they said, ‘It feels like I’m young again.’”

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