CORPUS CHRISTI – For a second consecutive year, Albert Amaya and Kevin Carr from London and Sinton’s Adrian Alaniz will be recognized at the South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet, presented by Whataburger.
Astros television reporter Julia Morales is featured speaker of the event, scheduled for January 18 at the American Bank Center’s Henry Garrett Ballroom. Doors open at 6 PM, and reserved seats can be purchased by calling 361-561-HOOK (4665).
Both London and Sinton are eyeing a fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament.
The 3A Pirates marched to a 32-4 record in 2023, including an undefeated 10-game tour through District 30-3A. London’s 20-game winning streak was snapped by the Wall Hawks in the state semifinal.
The Pirates’ postseason exploits featured a sweep of district rival Santa Gertrudis Academy in the regional final, as well as triumphs over Hallettsville, Rio Hondo, IDEA Edinburg College Prep, and Mathis.
Junior Henry Sepulveda, the 30-3A MVP, batted .360 with 38 runs scored and 17 stolen bases, while going 3-0 with 29 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings on the hill. Blayne Lyne, committed to Texas A&M University, went 11-0 with 0.80 ERA in his junior campaign. Lyne managed to strikeout 99 in 70 frames.
RJ Olivares enjoyed a breakout sophomore season by hitting .446 with 14 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs en route to first-team Class 3A all-state honors by the Texas Sportswriters Association. The University of Houston commit scored 27 runs while stealing 14 bases. Junior Blake Watters was named to the 3A state all-tournament team.
Carr and Amaya, who led London to a 3A runner-up finish in 2021 before capturing the 2022 state championship, were assisted by Trey Salinas and John Harris last year.
After winning the school’s fourth baseball state championship in 2022, Sinton went 37-4 last year. The Pirates bounced back from their lone regular-season loss – a 5-2 decision vs. Comal Canyon – by winning its next 17 games via a combined score of 191-5.
The Pirates engineered playoff victories over Somerset, rival Calallen, Pleasanton, Comal Davenport, and Boerne before falling to China Spring in a 12-inning 4A state semifinal.
Sinton catcher Blake Mitchell was the Gatorade Texas Baseball Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. Kansas City made Mitchell the eighth overall pick in last June’s MLB draft. He is the highest MLB drafted player out of the Corpus Christi area since…