Baseball Commissioner: Amanda Perez, email@example.com
FEAST Baseball is now accepting coaching applications! Apply today!
Baseball is just around the corner! (We’re excited too!)
Fall sports are in season, but it always helps to plan ahead! Spring sport registrations will be here before you know it!
To help you map out your year, below is the anticipated timeframe for registration, the required parent meeting, plus the active practice and playing season:
Boys’ Middle School & High School Teams
Skills Camp: early November
Registration & Parent Meeting: November – December
Season: January – April
PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR UPDATES!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BASEBALL: Commissioner Amanda Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating our Spring Season and Gratitude for our Leadership!
FEAST Baseball closed the season and celebrated both our graduating seniors at a pizza party and the team’s season with a game at the Missions Baseball Club! It was a perfect evening for baseball and a great time was had by our players and their families! (See more of our celebration on Instagram.)
We would like to thank Commissioner Richard Batey and his wife, Kori, for their willingness to step up and lead our Patriots program; without them our 2021 season would not have existed. It has been a pleasure to have the Batey family participate in FEAST Baseball, collectively, for over a decade-they will be greatly missed!
Much appreciation goes out to Varsity Head Coach Mark Juarez and Assistant Coach Luis Garza for leading our Varsity Patriots in so many season victories. This coaching team, along with Commissioner Batey, worked tirelessly to expand our tournament exposure and introduce our team to fresh competition.
Although our Middle School squad was initially lean in numbers, they were a force to be reckoned with. Head Coach Ezequiel Salas, Jr. joined FEAST for the first time and led these young Patriots to the ISAL Silver Championship! Indeed, we have much to be grateful for as we close our 2020-21 season and look forward to next spring!
For information about FEAST Baseball, please contact Julie Meeks, FEAST Athletic Administrator at email@example.com or call 210.342.4674.
A Farewell to Two Players and a Welcome to our New Commissioner!
Two Seniors Sign to Play College Baseball!
On June 10th, Aidan Meeks and Luke Batey, signed commitments to play baseball for Brookhaven College in Dallas. Both seniors played four years with the Patriots, the culminating event of their High School Careers. Present at the signing was FEAST coach, Mark Juarez (Patriots Head Coach 2021 – shown below). Juarez runs MISL baseball in San Marcos, and will continue as the Patriots high school head coach in 2022. See the celebration on Instagram!
Aidan and Luke would like to express their gratitude to Coach Juarez and Coach Clay Jessee (Patriots Head Coach 2020) for inviting both athletes to participate in a college recruitment combine with the Brookhaven coach. They would also like to express their appreciation for coaches of their summer and fall club teams: Aidan would like to thank Texas Pro United Coaches Luis Villarreal, Mike Luna and Jason Stein, and Luke would like to thank Brett Magnusson and Micah Bowie of the Bowie Bulls. Every coach mentioned has been involved in the players’ development and recruitment process in multiple ways.
The parents of both young men would like to express appreciation to FEAST for providing an athletic venue for homeschool students. The signing is significant because it shows both college and collegiate athletics are obtainable for homeschool students and athletes. Go Patriots and thank you, FEAST!
Meet Baseball’s New Commissioner, Kathleen (Kitty) Kennemer
We are thrilled to welcome Kitty!
The entire Kennemer family has served FEAST Baseball since 2016 in virtually all capacities, from player to leadership, so Kitty will easily transition into this role. For six seasons, she has graciously gifted families with her creativity as team photographer (aka team paparazzi), providing wonderful and professional quality photos for families! Kitty has also volunteered as an author for MANNA articles, a middle school score reporter, and as assistant to her husband, Hunter, who served as Baseball Commissioner in 2020. Their older sons played spring baseball with FEAST from middle school through high school. Kathleen is definitely a familiar face in our baseball program!
Kitty and Hunter were high school sweethearts and have been married for 22 years. They are blessed with four children and have homeschooled for 16 years, graduating two so far: Caroline and Jackson. They also have a senior Holden, FEAST Baseball player #00, and their youngest son, Ryland, who is a middle schooler. Kitty loves reading, gardening, photography, crafting and repurposing furniture. How does she do it all? (We had to ask too!) Kitty added that she is an avid coffee drinker!
Thank you, Kitty, for volunteering in yet another way to serve FEAST Baseball!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BASEBALL: Commissioner Kitty Kennemer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.378.0050.
“What is your vision for FEAST Baseball?”
When interviewing for Commissioner last fall, I was asked, “What is your vision for FEAST Baseball?”. My answer was for Varsity to be more competitive against quality teams, and to develop a separate JV team and schedule. This year we have taken baby steps concerning the JV portion of these goals:
- Six of our games were primarily for our freshmen and sophomore players. Due to our numbers, the stronger players of this younger group also played in Varsity games. I believe the next step for the JV program is to double the number of games scheduled and enlist a separate coach for this group. Asking one coach to execute two schedules is demanding. One solution might involve creating an internship for a college student to coach the JV team. As for FEAST becoming more competitive with quality teams, I believe we succeeded well beyond baby steps.
- The FEAST Patriots ended their season with a record of 14-16. Among the 16 losses were eight games with teams ranked in the top 15 in Texas (TAPPS & UIL) by the Max Preps’ ranking system. Four games alone were against Cornerstone Christian, currently ranked 2nd for all TAPPS schools. One loss to Cornerstone ended in a close score of 5-3; however, the Patriots had held the lead for several innings! Two games were against Antonian Prep, currently ranked 7th among TAPPS schools. After the first contest, a 5-1 loss, Antonian invited FEAST to play again within the week. This offer was a compliment to the Patriots’ level of competition. A couple of other losses were to Blanco High School, currently ranked 15th in 3A UIL standings. The Blanco losses were both one-run affairs ending in scores of 5-4 and 10-9. The second loss extended three extra innings until the tie was broken in the tenth. Being competitive with state-ranked teams opens doors of college recruitment for our players and makes scheduling good teams easier in future seasons!
We also had significant wins!
The Patriots won the division at the Blanco County tournament with a win over UIL 1A state champions D’Hanis (2019). Our April record was 8 and 3, and we finished 2nd in the TAIAO state tournament with the only loss in the title game! FEAST’s record against other homeschool teams was 8 and 6 this season, and finished ranked 7th in Texas by Max Preps among freelance (homeschool) teams. Our busy schedule also included a 10-2 victory over Texans Baseball Homeschool (Round Rock), who is ranked 3rd. We also finished with a ranking three slots above the San Antonio Wolverines – our cross-town rivals.
Our greatest accomplishment this year came with two varsity players being recruited to play in college!
The culmination of 4-year careers with the Patriot program: Aidan Meeks currently tied 60th and 65th in home runs/runs scored in Texas. Luke Batey tied 70th in strikeouts by a pitcher and 4th as a catcher throwing out base runners (MaxPreps, Texas). Both will join the Brookhaven Bears in the Dallas Athletic Conference in the fall. These young men have been long-term stable presences for the Patriots. We send them with prayers for health, safety, and success on and off the field. We know they will represent the Patriots well.
FEAST baseball and homeschool athletics is a healthy place for boys to grow into men. I look forward to seeing the FEAST program continue to mature. Hopefully, in the future, a state playoff system will develop for homeschool teams, and success will not be measured only by tournament wins, but also by state playoffs and championships.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BASEBALL: Commissioner Richard Batey at email@example.com
The success of a baseball program is not always measured in wins and losses.
If that were the case, one might assume the FEAST Patriots are having a poor season with a record of 8 and 13. High School teams like the Patriots represent educational organizations like FEAST. A great accomplishment of any high school team is to send their players on to higher levels of education and athletic competition. This year the FEAST Patriots have the pleasure of getting two players recruited to play at the next level. Aidan Meeks and Luke Batey have received recruiting texts from Dallas College Brookhaven. Brookhaven leads the Dallas Athletic Conference NJCAA III with a record of 17-3 this year. Prior to the pandemic, Brookhaven advanced to the NJCAA III college world series.
It can be said both players have spent years playing select ball, and their skills and development are not all credited to the FEAST program. But it would NOT be true to say their recruitment came purely through their select organizations. The Brookhaven coach came to a workout put on by this year’s FEAST coach, Mark Juarez of MISL select baseball, and last year’s FEAST coach, Clayton Jessee of Hooks select baseball.
Neither Aidan nor Luke had played for either Juarez or Jessee except as a part of the FEAST program. Both coaches appreciated their talent and skill. The coaches arranged for both players to attend the Brookhaven workout. Brookhaven’s coach talked to both coaches after watching about ten players work out. The two FEAST players stood out in the recruiter’s opinion, and within a week both were contacted. Arrangements are being made for both FEAST players to visit Brookhaven. The Brookhaven coach has assured Coach Jessee both players have a spot on their roster next year if they want it.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BASEBALL: Commissioner Richard Batey at firstname.lastname@example.org
FEAST Baseball experienced a tournament win in the Blanco county tournament!
FEAST Varsity won games with Marble Falls (8-5), Schulenburg (11-1), and D’Hanis (5-4); while dropping one game to Comfort (4-5). Our last game with D’Hanis was for the division title, both finishing the tournament with 3-1 records. FEAST won the tournament based on the head-to-head victory with D’Hanis. The title game was exciting with great pitching from Aidan Meeks, who went 5 and 1/3 innings giving up one earned run. Angle Espinoza recorded the final two outs in relief. But the Patriot’s work was not done. We entered the bottom of the last inning, trailing 4-2. Paul Shane got the Patriots going with a single. Then Aidan Meeks took advantage of an errant throw from the third baseman to move Paul to third and Meeks in scoring position at second. Cruz Garcia drove in Shane and moved Meeks to
third with an in-field hit. Garcia immediately took second on the first pitch of the next at bat with a stolen base. Still trailing 4-3, Luke Batey drove in Meeks and Garcia with a single through the right side. The walk-off victory was truly a team effort and a great ending to a weekend of baseball.
Prior to the tournament, the Patriots had lost consecutive Tuesday evening games to Blanco High School. Both were hard-fought matches ending in one-run differences. The first game ended 4-5 in the bottom of the 7th with a walk-off hit by the Panthers. The second ended in extra innings 10-9, a nine-inning marathon. The significance of the two losses to FEAST is that Blanco annually represents their district in the UIL playoffs. The competitive performance of the Patriots against a quality opponent is as much a victory for our program as winning the tournament in the following week. We are proud of our team.
Patriots had a rough start to their season with a 1-3 record. Still, they have some bright spots!
The Patriots scored 16 runs in the first four games. Andrew Meeks (Fr.) leads the team in batting with a .400 avg., followed by Cruz Garcia (So., .354 avg) and Will Muckleroy (Jr., .250). Liam Zapata (Jr.) and Reese Duer (So.) lead the team in runs scored with three each. RBI leaders include Luke Batey (Sr.) and Cruz Garcia at three each. Aidan Meeks (Sr.) became the player of the game in our first victory driving in a walk-off run to end the game 8-7 against the HCYA Eagles of Houston.
Defensively, Aiden Mika (Sr., 1st base) leads the team with 15 putouts on 15 chances, followed by out-fielders Will Muckleroy (6, Left Field) and Holden Kennemer (Jr., 5, Center Field). Aidan Meeks (SS) leads the team in assists with 6. The Senior – Freshman combination of Aidan & Andrew Meeks turned the Patriots’ first double play 6-4-3. Their mom, Julie, was heard to say, “All that time practicing in the yard paid off.”
Pitching, Tanner Gernenz (Fr.) leads the team in ERA (.323) with four 1/3rd innings pitched giving up two earned runs, facing 24 batters, striking out 5. Angel Espinoza (Jr.) recorded the team’s first victory, coming into the game late and holding the Eagles to a tie, while receiving the benefit of Meeks’ walk-off RBI. Luke Batey leads the team in innings pitched (7) and strikeouts (12).
I’d like to give a shout-out to our volunteer coaches, without whom our season would not be possible. Coach Mark Juarez (High School) and Coach Ezequiel Salas (Middle School) spend countless hours working with our kids. Mark is responsible for setting up most of our HS schedule which currently includes 20 games and three tournaments. Mark travels three times a week from San Marcos to spend two hours on the field with our team. Our next game is March 2nd in Blanco (V/JV) JV at 5:30pm.
Coach Salas takes off work early twice a week and provides great instruction and drills for a MS team that I expect will make some noise this year in the Independent School Athletic League (ISAL). The middle school’s first game is set for March 2nd at Concordia Lutheran (4:30 pm). We all are very grateful for the time and effort these gentlemen provide and the example they set for our sons.
Honoring our 2021 Seniors!
As we begin another season, I want to acknowledge our seniors: Dyelund Mangelson, Aidan Meeks, Aiden Mika, and Luke Batey. They lost half of their junior season to COVID, and we’re hoping for a better outcome this year.
Last year was Dyelund Mangelson’s first year with FEAST. He played for our coach Mark Juarez’s MISL team during the summer. Dyelund is an outfielder and was used as a designated hitter for the Patriots.
Aidan Meeks is a long-time starting middle infielder for the Patriots. He plays for the SA Prospects/Texas Pro United during the summer and provides pitching relief as called on for our team. He is always very quick of hand and foot at short-stop.
Aiden Mika came to FEAST last year, transferring in from Luling ISD. Aiden plays for the Hooks Baseball during the summer and is an outfielder and pitcher for the Patriots. He broke into the line-up immediately on arrival and may be expected to take up some first-base duties this year.
Luke Batey, like Aidan Meeks is a long-time starter for the Patriots. He plays for the Bowie Bulls during the summer and has played every position for FEAST except center field. His primary duties over the last 2 seasons have been on the mound and behind the plate (pitching and catching).
As you can tell, these young men are devoted to developing their skills playing spring, summer, and fall. Their commitment and leadership helped to change our season last year and bodes well for the development of our team this season.
I would also like to thank those whose commitment in the past has provided baseball for our kids. There is always stress related to issues where money is involved. Things that most parents never have to think about; renting fields, buying baseballs and equipment, ordering and purchasing uniforms, hiring umpires, and finding coaches while keeping an eye on the bottom line. Specifically, I am thinking of Hunter and Kathleen Kennemer, who assumed the duties of commissioner and assistant last year. A year in which, I felt, was one of our most successful while at FEAST. We played higher quality teams, won a tournament, and had to deal with the unfortunate season-ending pandemic. I admire and appreciate people that step up to the plate in a time of need. Which is, by the way, one reason we choose baseball for our kids. Stepping up to the plate-a phrase used by everyone when they admire someone’s courage and efforts in the face of uncertain and difficult tasks. Having tasks carrying with them possible pain, failure, and humiliation is part of the way that baseball turns boys into men. We thank those who have helped to make this available to our young men.
FEAST Baseball hopes everyone had a Merry Christmas and that your New Year’s has started off great!
Baseball kicked off their season with an Informational Meeting last month. There were a lot of familiar faces as well as some new ones!
Practices will be held at McAllister Park Fields on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm. The cost will be $625 for High School (includes tournaments plus the Border Olympics) and $400 for Middle School.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FEAST BASEBALL: Contact Richard Batey at email@example.com
Let me introduce myself!
My name is Richard Batey, and I am a homeschooling father of four (k-12). My 2 oldest have now completed degrees in Economics and Business Administration from Texas State University. My third is currently a sophomore at Texas State. My youngest is a senior in high school and competes on the FEAST Patriots baseball team. I am a Research Analyst at Texas State University, and I submitted my life to Christ Jesus at age 12.
As a homeschooling dad, I appreciate the life lessons athletics provides for our kids. They are introduced to an authority outside of the home. They learn to work within a group. Hopefully, they learn of how hard work, training, teamwork, and leadership bring improvement of skills and accomplishment of goals. I especially appreciate lessons of humility in baseball. We all strikeout, we all make errors, and we all need forgiveness.
For the team to succeed, players must learn performance improves when mistakes are greeted with forgiveness and encouragement.
As commissioner, I hope to field two high school teams, a Varsity and a JV. If numbers permit, we may do the same in middle school. We are currently scheduling games and hope to secure at least 30 for the Varsity. At present, we have entered 3 tournaments and may add a fourth. Middle school will continue to participate in the ISAL league, which will end with a championship tournament.
My overall vision for FEAST baseball is to be competitive with higher levels of opponents. Last year’s leadership acquired us entrance into the prestigious Border Olympics Tournament in Laredo. In doing so, we were able to compete against 5 and 6A schools like Veterans Memorial in Corpus (5A top ten, L 9-3) and Austin High (6A top 15, L 4-0). These may have been losses on our schedule, but they were victories for our program.
We went on to win our next tournament and 7 games in a row. We have been invited back and hope to attend again this year.
I look forward to hearing from all interested in promoting FEAST baseball.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BASEBALL: Commissioner Richard Batey at firstname.lastname@example.org