Author: Matt Davis

+ 11 years in coaching profession + 4 years as Head Coach/JH Athletic Coordinator at Liberty JH, RISD + 2015 JH Coach of the Year, RISD + 8 JH District Championships + 2 Undefeated JH Football Teams + 3 Undefeated JH Track Teams + 1 Undefeated JH Basketball Team Graduate of Texas A&M University, 1992, Bachelor of Arts English/Philosophy. Married to Sarah Davis graduate of Indiana University 2008, Bachelor of Science Business/Management. Three children: Nick, 16, Jr.JJP Football/Baseball; Jordan, 14, Fr. JJP; Colin, 3.

Tovar Tussle parts I & II

Your Berkner Rams traveled to RHS on Tuesday for part I of the 2018 edition of the Tovar Tussle. Berkner would bookend a single run in the first with 2 runs in the seventh but Richardson would score 5 in the second proving to be plenty in a 6-3 defeat for the Rams.

On Friday the Rams hosted RHS at Berkner Ram Ballpark and both teams treated their fans to free baseball as they would go 3 extras to play 10 complete innings. The Eagles initiated the scoring plating single runs in the second and third innings. The Rams responded with 2 runs of their own in the fourth when only a single hit from Soph Cole Hill combined with a dropped third strike and 2 walks would score Hill and Junior Nick McLemore. The 2-2 tie would stand until the seventh when the Eagles scored 2 additional runs pressuring Berkner’s last 3 outs. Stepping in and stepping up were Senior Elias Munoz and Soph Bryce Drayton who led off the bottom of the seventh with back to back singles. Senior Garrett Randall then induced a 4-pitch walk to load the bases. Junior Nick McLemore hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Munoz and Junior Edwin Silguero reached on error scoring Drayton. Both teams would put up 0’s in the eighth & ninth innings. Richardson struck in the tenth with 2 additional runs. Berkner responded when Senior Elias Munoz reached base on an error. With 2 outs Soph Cole Hill doubled to score Munoz and pull the Rams to within a single run. Unfortunately the scoring would stop there while Hill would be left stranded at second and the Rams would drop the game 6-5.

Coppell Takes Two from Berkner

On Thursday the Rams traveled down State Champions Parkway to Cowboy Field to face Coppell in game 1 of a Thur/Fri series. Sr Elias Munoz took the mound for the Rams and struggled in the first 2 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits which proved to be plenty for the Cowboys as they yielded only a single hit, a double, to Soph Cole Hill in the top of the 7th inning for a 6-0 win.

On Friday the Rams hosted Coppell at Berkner Ram Ballpark. Sr Garrett Randall stepped up to face the Cowboys and for 5 innings kept them scoreless with the game tied at 0. The Rams fought the Cowboys hard and both teams had to deal with nature’s resolve and 2 lightning delays. The Rams posted a single run in the bottom of the 5th inning when Soph Cole Hill led off reaching on an error by the third baseman. Jr Nick McLemore followed with a single and Jr Edwin Silguero laid down a sacrifice bunt to move them to 2nd & 3rd base with 1 out. Soph Alexis Munoz then battled an 8-pitch at bat that finished with a single up the middle that would plate Hill but see McLemore out at the plate trying to follow him home. With a 1-0 lead the Rams would allow a single Coppell run when nature decided to intervene for a third time. With both coaches agreeing that enough was enough the game would see itself finished on Saturday. As play resumed Coppell plated 5 additional runs to finish the top of the 6th inning and then closed out the 7th inning and game two 6-1.

Rams beat FW Northside 18-8 in Non-District Matchup

On a bitterly cold Saturday the Rams hosted a non-district matchup with FW Northside HS. With windchill temperatures hovering in the mid 20’s Berkner warmed up the game early posting 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Steers responded with a single run in the top of the second but as the second frame rolled to the bottom half so the Berkner bats exploded with their most aggressive hit barrage of the season. After retiring the first Berkner batter of the inning Berkner responded with 7 consecutive hits going single, single, double, single, triple, double, double, and totaling 10 hits for the inning. Mixing in a couple walks Berkner scored 10 runs in the frame. The two teams would trade a few runs in the next 2 innings but in the bottom of the sixth Berkner would plate the final run of the game, taking it 18-8.

Berkner Splits Skyline Week

On Tuesday your Berkner Rams traveled south to Skyline HS. After yielding a run to the Raiders in the bottom of the second inning the Rams responded in the top of the fourth inning posting 2 runs of their own. Berkner carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning when Skyline was able to push across 2 more of their own and take a 3-2 lead. Berkner rallied to tie the game at 3 in the top of the seventh inning but fell on a walk-off base hit 4-3.

Friday brought the Raiders to Berkner Ram Ballpark. Friday also brought some nasty weather and several lightning delays. Berkner turned the table on Skyline in almost the same fashion as Skyline did to Berkner on Tuesday. In the top of the second inning Skyline scored the first run of the game. Berkner responded in the bottom of the same frame with a run of their own and there the game stood tied 1-1 through several hours of lightning delays and stormy weather. As the game resumed so did the fireworks. Skyline scored first after the weather delay with 2 runs in the top of the sixth inning and carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Sr Elias Munoz led off the inning reaching on an error by the Skyline third baseman. Soph Bryce Drayton then did what all baseball players should do as he found his way to first base thanks to a hit by pitch. With runners now on first and second and no outs Sr Garrett Randall walked on 5 pitches to load the bases. 3 of the next 4 Berkner batters would prove devastating to Skyline. Soph Cole Hill stood in and with an aggressive approach found himself battling the Raider pitcher from behind in the count but battling nonetheless. Through a 7-pitch at bat Hill walked forcing in a run and bringing the Rams to within 1. Jr Nick McLemore then stepped in and by all accounts had the most competitive at bat of the evening. McLemore took a first pitch strike followed by 3 consecutive balls. Then he proceeded to foul off the next three pitches battling through a full count and finally taking ball 4 on the eighth pitch of the at bat tying the game at 3 runs apiece. After Jr Edwin Silguero struck out Soph Alexis Munoz stepped in with the bases loaded, 1 out, and the opportunity to win the game for the Rams. On a 2-2 pitch Munoz drove a hard hit ball to the right of the Skyline shortstop forcing him out of position enough to give Randall at third all the space he needed to slide home safely under the throw and give the Rams the victory 4-3.

Rams drop series to JJP 3-1 & 8-1

Monday your Berkner Ram Varsity Baseball Team hosted JJP. The Rams gave their guest all they could handle posting a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 1st that stood until the top of the 4th when a 2-base error allowed the Mustangs their leadoff at 2nd. After a nifty fielder’s choice rundown by the Rams getting the lead runner out the Mustangs were able to advance a runner to 2nd then third on a deep fly ball. A single then drew JJP even with the Rams where the game stood deadlocked until the top of the 8th where 3 hits and an error yielded a 3-1 lead for the Mustangs which would prove to be the final.

On a short Easter week the two teams matched up again Thursday night. The Mustangs played host to the Rams. The Rams were able to move their leadoff hitter Soph Bryce Drayton to 2b in the top of the 1st but recorded an out at 3b when the throw from the catcher beat Drayton to the 3b bag. In the top of the third Sr Elias Munoz would score the Rams only run on an overthrow by the JJP catcher. The Mustangs took advantage of a few Rams miscues in the 1st inning and would limit the Rams to a single hit on the evening taking the game 8-1.

Rams drop to WTW 6-4 then beat Bryan Adams 6-4

The Ram Varsity Baseball squad played WTWhite Friday and once again it was a nail-biter. The Rams battled all night and had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 7th. Unfortunately, the boys came up a few bases short of the victory and dropped to WTWhite 6-4. Saturday at noon the Rams returned to Ram Ballark for a non-district game with Bryan Adams. After falling behind 1-0 early the Rams fought back highlighted by a triple by Soph Bryce Drayton and pulled out a victory 6-4. For Good Friday week and because of potentially wet weather the Rams will play JJPearce on Monday at Ram Ballpark and the again on Thursday at Mustang Field. Both dates will feature JV at 5p and Varsity at 730p.

Rams Rally to Force Extras-Fall Late

If you haven’t been out to watch the Rams play then you’re missing some great baseball. The Rams fell to 0-3 for the district season with a 7-6 loss at WT White Tuesday. This was the third district game in the 2018 campaign for the Rams. This was also the third one-run loss, two of which have been in extra innings. Tonight WT White took a 6-1 lead into the top of the 7th inning. Senior Sam Sullivan, DH, had the first rbi of the night for the Rams and would also be the spark to a 5-run 7th inning drawing the Rams even and putting the Longhorns into panic mode. After forcing the game into extra innings the Longhorns were able to get back to the top of their lineup where their best hitter was able to punch a hit through for the win. Standout players were Sr Sam ‘Contact’ Sullivan and Elias Munoz. The Rams will play WT White again this Friday at Ram Ballpark at 730p.