Austin Metro Baseball Fall League Information
Try-outs for this years Fall Ball Season will be on Sunday, August 24th at historic Downs Field located at 2312 East 12th Street. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. and try-outs will start at 1:00 p.m.. Season begins on Saturday, September 6th and runs through about mid November including play-offs. Team fees are $1,850.00 per team. If you would like to play in a Fall League where all of the games are played within the city limits of Austin, one that plays on college and top rated high school fields and has the best umpires around, then this is the league for you. For more information, you may contact League President Michael Lucas at 512-835-8989 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Texas Cup
The 2014 Texas Cup was one of the toughest and most competitive tournaments in recent years. The tournament had teams from 8 different cities making it a true Texas Cup and crowning the true Texas Champions in each division. All four divisions were extremely competitive with many games being decided in the ninth inning. There were over 300 players who participated in this years Texas Cup.
In the 18+ Division Championship, the Austin Thunder went against the Austin Drillers with the Austin Thunder pulling away late in the game 6-1. The Thunder was managed by Jon Cuip who was part of a Fall Classic Championship team a few years ago in Florida. MVP for the Thunder was pitcher Taylor Johnson who threw a gem after helping close out a tough Corpus Christie Calcutta team the day before to help get the Thunder to the Championship. The Austin Drillers were led by Manager Seth Garcia.
The 35+ Division Championship had the tough Houston Rockies managed by rookie Manager Ryan Martin going against a very talented Austin Blue Sox Team managed by Dereck Sayers. Both Managers had never managed a tournament team before but both did great jobs by getting their teams into the Championship game. MVP for the Houston Rockies was Steve Booker who had a unbelievable tournament at the plate. Houston led the entire game and hung on at the end to win 9-6.
Manager Hollis Bone led the 45+ Austin RedBirds to the Championship game against a very talented San Antonio Lone Stars Team managed by Jim Gonzales. The Austin RedBirds won 4-1 with the game being dominated by pitching. The Austin RedBirds MVP was pitcher Robert Calvert who threw a 9 inning gem. He had just thrown another 9 inning Championship game in the morning helping the 55+ Austin Express win that Championship. Robert "Superman" Calvert threw 18 innings, gave up only 4 runs and helped his respective teams win 2 Championships.
The 55+ Division Championship had the very experienced Austin Express beat the ageless San Antonio Broncos 8-3. Manager Jerry Davis of the Austin Express won his second consecutive 55+ Texas Cup title doing so with most of his pitching staff going down due to injury. Manager Davis was quoted as saying "It was a true total team effort". Tony Hernandez managed the tough San Antonio Bronco Team and did a great job throughout the tournament. The 55+ Austin Express had Steve Burgess and Gary Hackleman as Co-MVP's. Both contributed greatly defensively making great play after great play and both had very good tournaments at the plate getting timely hits when the team needed them.
55+ Division - Indians
Back Row Left to Right: Mike Anderson, John Durfor, Porter Maddox, Karl Quebe, Malcolm Latham, Ronnie Weaver, Dave Schuessler; Not Pictured: Rudy Canul, Mike Vaughan
Front Row Left to Right: Paul Saenz, Herb Kneisley, Paul Rayls, Juan Morales, Kerry Storer, James Wilson, Victor Gotay
45+ Division - Yankees
Back Row Left to Right: Robert Calvert, Jeff Dainton, Rob Welch, Steve Metz, Richard Corbin, Steve Austin, Kyle Johnson, Scott Hadden
Front Row Left to Right: Lucian Turk, Bruce Moore, Steve Mahany, Mike Mainello, Jerry Davis, Joe Duran
35+ Division - Angels
Back Row Left to Right: RC Brown, Kevin Craig, Robert Calvert, Steve Austin, Jim Rockey, Jose Fernandez, Erik Cary, Mike Kavcak
Front Row Left to Right: Phil Kuss, Mike Sheppard, Trey Jones, Jerry Burrola, Johnny Hinojosa
Not pictured: Derek Deadmon, Steve Funk, JJ Peckham, Doug Rogers, Josh Steen
18+ Division - White Sox
Back Row Left to Right:
Front Row Left to Right: