For Mason Puncher Baseball Fans this year has been an amazing ride. Unfortunately, it came to an abrupt end Friday night in Bandera. The La Pryor Bulldogs were a tough opponent. Their Junior pitcher had the Puncher bats all but nonexistent through the first 3 innings of play. In the third inning, La Pryor was able to put 2 runs across the plate. With a couple of walks and a hit batter, Mason loaded the bases but was unable to score in the fourth. La Pryor scored 4 more runs by the middle of the seventh inning. Mason hopefuls were praying for the Punchers to be able to be the Comeback Kids again and pull this one out. At the top of the order and with some great hitting, Mason scored 3 runs. The La Pryor team then shut the Punchers down and the game was over.
With many tears, hugs, and pats on the backs, the proud Mason fans thanked the players for a great year and a job well done. As for me and many others, we have been watching this group of kids since they were in Elementary School playing Little League. We have kept score for them, cheered for them, fussed at them, coached them, driven all over Texas to watch them play, knowing that this would be the excitement that they would bring to this town at this time in their lives. This is a very special group of baseball players that have a chemistry that doesn’t come along very often. As the Seniors left the field Friday night, they took with them a part of everyone’s heart they had been a part of for so many years. As a Mason Puncher Baseball fan of 2010, I want to say "Thanks for the Memories and Good Luck!
The Juniors, Sophmores, and Freshmen will have big shoes to fill, but don’t count them out next year. They had great role models and will be looking to continue next year with the success they were part of this year. I want to thank Coach Bobby Smith and Coach Cody Fields for their dedication to this group of players. They have traveled far and wide to help these boys get the games and the playing experience to be better athletes.
When you see any of these Coaches and Players, you might take a moment to stop them and tell them how you feel. It has been a long time since baseball has seen this kind of success and they truly made Mason Proud.