Posted by Dan Jensen
This year's baseball team, despite a late season slump that cost it a district championship, is now battling its way through the playoffs.
I recall that, in days of yore, we were in the playoffs under a system that included only district champions and, although we had good teams, did not advance far. I need help from the rest of you for some details.
The first baseball district winner was in 1957. We beat a good West Columbia team in bid-district but then lost to Northside San Antonio. I recall the starting lineup of that veteran, competitive team very well. Gary Brizendine and Chuck Trcka were good pitchers throwing to catcher Tom Goodman and they switched to first base when not on the mound. Bobo Fredericks was at second, Stanley Magee the shortstop with Robert Brown at third. William Frost, James Davis and Buddy Witte were the outfielders from left to right. All were seniors with the exception of juniors Trcka, Fredericks, and Witte.
Terry Mathis will have to confirm this but I believe the next champ was in 1967. I do not remember the bi-district champion but we lost to a Beaumont team at the next level. I remember that Terry and Robbie Copeland gave us strength up the middle and that junior Scooter Lenox was a very good pitcher but need Terry, or someone, to help me with the rest.
Jim Mallory, the current coach, came to Clear Creek for the 1978 baseball season and we won a plumb loverly state championship in 1991. He has coached other champions, too, but I will have to defer to others for the details on those also. Too bad that Lynn Davis can't type.