Akins Eagles 2020
HIGH SCHOOL FIELDSAkins High SchoolTravis County. I-35 to exit 225. West 1 mile on FM 1626 to South First Street. North on South 1st Street 1/4 mile to Akins High School. Baseball field is immediately south of the school building. School building expansion has consumed the most convenient parking, and access to other nearby parking is too often blocked and locked. Park in main lot at the front of the main building on South First Street, and take a short walk to the field. Moderate-size natural grass field. 370 feet to CF fence.BE AWARE: Recent Austin ISD site rehab has introduced a brand new drainage ditch that splits the center of the narrow footpath for spectators between the parking lot and the bleachers. Multiple irrigation access boxes now exist in foul territory along the 1st base / right field line. Cleat snag/slip hazard. Visitors are typically in the 3rd base dugout. Concession stand, staffed by friendly volunteers, is occasionally open and offers a surprising variety of reasonably-priced items. Sometimes, but by no means always, there’s a portable toilet on site. No other toilet facility exists, except inside the school building, which is typically locked. Perpetual soft spot behind 1st base can be a morass for days after even a light rain. Batting cages, but no dressing facilities. Like all fields on Austin ISD campuses, Akins Field has no overhead sports lighting.10701 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78748_______________________________________________________________Anderson High SchoolTravis County. From Akins High School, take South First Street north to Slaughter Lane. Turn left (west) on Slaughter Ln. Go north on MoPac Blvd (Loop 1). Exit from MoPac at Anderson Lane and go northwest on Spicewood Springs Road. Turn right (north) at Mesa Drive. Anderson High School is a block north, on your right. The baseball field is located at the southern edge of the campus, just north of Steck Avenue. Park in the south lot and walk past the tennis courts to the baseball field. 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas_______________________________________________________________Austin High SchoolTravis County. West Cesar Chavez. Take MoPac (Loop 1) northeast; exit at Cesar Chavez. Go southeast just a short distance on Cesar Chavez, then take the first exit. Loop back, turn right. You’ll see the baseball field. 1715 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703_______________________________________________________________Bastrop High SchoolBastrop County. The baseball field is not located at the high school. From Akins, go north on I-35, east on Texas Highway 71 to Bastrop. Cross the bridge over the Colorado River and take the first exit onto the service road. Look for the signs that say “High School Baseball Field.” Turn right (south) onto Lovers Lane. Go south to baseball field. Be careful of a couple of sharp turns in this road. Concession stand (which is not always open) and spacious, clean restrooms. MOSQUITOS!! Bring insect repellant. The baseball field is near the Bastrop ISD school bus facility. A very nice ball field, but be prepared for a heavy dose of diesel fumes if you’re there while the buses are being refueled. (The diesel does, however, help drive away the mosquitos.)_______________________________________________________________Belton High SchoolBell County. From Akins, north on I-35. Take exit 292 near the Expo Center. Go to the first overpass. Turn left onto Loop 121. Stay on Loop 121 and cross under U.S. Highway 190. Loop 121 will take you around the west side of Belton and directly to the front entrance of Belton High School (about 5 miles). Turn left into the school entrance, which is just south of Highway 439. The baseball field is on the north portion of the school campus. 600 Lake Road, Belton, Texas._______________________________________________________________Bowie High SchoolTravis County. From Akins, north on South First Street, west on Slaughter Lane, past Manchaca Road and Brodie Lane. Bowie High School is on the south side of Slaughter Lane. NOTICE: no longer can you legally drive directly to the parking lot nearest the baseball field by entering at the school’s main entrance on Slaughter Lane. A traffic-flow genius hired by Austin Independent School District has changed the road leading to the parking lot, so that it’s now ONE WAY, coming away from the school. Roving school security personnel in golf carts have been instructed to dispense tickets to those who drive the (newly-declared) wrong way. There is no evidence whatsoever that the traffic-flow genius is related, by blood or marriage, to the field-rebuilding genius hired by AISD to “improve” Akins Field.NEW ENTRY DIRECTIONS. Turn southwest from Slaughter Ln. onto Wolftrap Dr., on the southeastern edge of the school campus. Drive all the way around the back side of the school. It’s a three-quarter mile trip that replaces the convenient 250-yard route to which you’ve become accustomed. The baseball field is north of the complex of school buildings. Park in the small lot that’s east of the field. But be aware: that particular parking lot may disappear when the tennis courts are demolished and relocated to the roof of the new parking structure that’s being built on the other side of the campus. This is a small, cramped, unlighted field, to which access has been intentionally made more difficult. But Bowie has produced some powerhouse teams here.4103 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78749_______________________________________________________________Burger Baseball Field (AISD)Sunset Valley, Travis County. From Akins, go north on South First Street, west on Slaughter Lane to Manchaca Road (FM 2304). Go NNE on Manchaca Road past William Cannon Drive and Stassney Lane. Turn left (WNW) at the light at Jones Road. Follow Jones Road into the city of Sunset Valley. Burger Baseball Field is at the corner of Jones Road and Pillow Road. Turn right on the portion of Pillow Road that the City of Sunset Valley has renamed for Master Sergeant Bob Horrigan, a Sunset Valley resident who died in Iraq in 2005. Access and parking for the baseball stadium are on the north side of the field. An admission fee is charged for some events. Students with IDs receive a discount. Restroom facilities are small but adequate, and are typically open during games. However, experience has shown that the concession stand is open only sporadically, and may be closed during all or part of the game you attend. Burger is a quite well-maintained natural grass field, relatively large for high school baseball: 401 feet to the center field fence. During much of the Texas high school baseball season, the sun at Burger sets over 1st base, from the point of view of a 3rd baseman or left fielder. Check the time for local sunset against the time for your game, and bring sunglasses!Burger Baseball Field is the home field for the Akins Eagles Varsity team, but it’s also the home field for several other AISD high schools, including Austin, Bowie, Crockett, and Travis. Other AISD schools, including Anderson, Eastside Memorial (Johnston), Lanier, LBJ, McCallum, and Reagan, consider Nelson Baseball Field as their home field.Toney Burger Activity Center and Stadium is operated by the Austin Independent School District (AISD). 3200 Jones Rd., Austin, TX 78745. _______________________________________________________________Canyon High School (New Braunfels )Comal County. I-35 south to New Braunfels. Exit 189. Southeast on Highway 46 under IH 35 and back to the left on the northbound access road to the high school. Turn into the high school parking lot, but be aware that gates at many entrances to the lot are semi-permanently closed and locked. Baseball field is past the football stadium toward the rear of the school property, near Freiheit Road. Concessions stand, restroom facility._______________________________________________________________Canyon Lake High SchoolComal County. From Akins, take I-35 SOUTH. Exit 202 (Wonder World Drive - becomes Ranch Road 12). Turn RIGHT (northwest) and continue on Ranch Road 12. After approximately 11 miles, Ranch Road 12 splits off to go north to Wimberly, but YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO TO WIMBERLY TODAY. Bear LEFT and the highway becomes Ranch to Market Road 32. STAY ON RM 32. Continue generally west on RM 32 for approximately 7.5 miles. Turn LEFT (southwest) onto FM 3424. Travel just a third of a mile on FM 3424, then turn RIGHT into the campus of Canyon Lake High School. The baseball field is immediately in front of you. Abundant parking exists in the lot beyond left field. Comal ISD. 8355 RM 32, Fischer, TX 78623._______________________________________________________________Cedar Creek High SchoolBastrop County. This is a new high school in the Bastrop Independent School District. From Akins, go north on Interstate 35 to Texas Highway 71 (Ben White Boulevard). Turn RIGHT (east) onto Hwy 71 and drive approximately 19 miles. Turn RIGHT at Pope Bend Road. You’ll see the school. A quick LEFT (just 100 feet off the highway) is Union Chapel Road. From Union Chapel Road, turn RIGHT onto the high school grounds. The baseball field is near the northeast corner of the school campus. Parking west of the baseball field. 793 Union Chapel Road, Cedar Creek, Texas._______________________________________________________________Cedar Park High SchoolSchool and most of the baseball infield are in Williamson County. The outfield is actually in Travis County. 1st and 3rd base bags are barely in Williamson, 2nd base is in Travis. From Akins, take I-35 north to US Highway 183. Take US 183 North. Go past FM 620. Immediately past Lakeline Mall, turn left on Lakeline Blvd. Turn left at Cypress Creek Road. Cedar Park High School is on your left. The baseball field is in the far southwest corner of the campus. Parking north of the tennis courts. 2150 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, Texas._______________________________________________________________Champion High School (Boerne)Kendall County. Here’s the executive summary: I-35 south to New Braunfels, Loop 377 to Highway 46. Westerly on Highway 46 for 37 miles. Total one way: 79 miles.Here are details: From Akins, take I-35 South 37 miles to New Braunfels. Shortly after you’ve passed Canyon High School, take Exit 190. Go RIGHT on (Loop 337) and go around the north part of New Braunfels (approximately 5.25 miles). Immediately after you’ve passed New Braunfels High School, take a RIGHT (northwest) on Highway 46. Proceed generally northwest on Highway 46. After 14 miles on Highway 46, you will pass Smithson Valley High School. Keep driving. At approximately 18 miles from New Braunfels High School, you’ll cross under US 281. Stay on Highway 46. Approximately 27 miles from New Braunfels High School, you’ll enter Kendall County. Continue west southwest on Highway 46 for another 10 miles, and you’ve arrived at Samuel V. Champion High School. Turn left at the main entrance. Abundant parking. The baseball field is at the north of the campus.201 Charger Blvd, Boerne, TX 78006_______________________________________________________________Clemens High SchoolGuadalupe County. Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District. From Akins, take I-35 south to Exit 174B (Schertz Parkway). Turn left (south-southeast) from the southbound I-35 access road onto Schertz Parkway, cross over the interstate highway and drive approximately 2.5 miles to Buffalo Drive. Turn left on Buffalo Drive, which runs parallel to the 1st base line of the Clemens baseball field. The baseball field is west of the school. There’s a small parking lot north of the field, near the tennis courts, just 200 yards from Schertz Parkway. A larger parking lot is just 50 yards farther. 1001 Elbel Road, Schertz, Texas 78154._______________________________________________________________Connally High SchoolTravis County. From Akins, go north on I-35. Take Exit 246, Howard Lane. From the northboard accees road, turn left at the turnaround BEFORE Howard Lane. Keep right and merge onto Lamar Blvd, southbound. 13212 North Lamar, Austin, Texas. Concession stand bills itself as the “best in the Pflugerville ISD.” Restrooms are across the street (east) from the baseball field, under the football stadium. _______________________________________________________________Copperas Cove High SchoolCoryell County. Bulldawg Field. I-35 north to Belton (exit 293 / Holland Rd ). Cross under IH 35 on 436, then take first right (Hwy 317) to connect to U.S Highway 190 West. Take U.S. Highway 190 west through Harker Heights and Killeen to Copperas Cove. US Highway 190 is a divided highway until it reaches the Copperas Cove city limit, approximately 4 miles inside Coryell County. About a mile after the divided lanes come together, look for East Avenue D. Exit US 190 onto East Avenue D, which intersects obliquely. Continue west on Avenue D (parallel to the railroad track) to Main Street. Jog south (left) one block at Main Street and then go right (west) on West Avenue E. Turn right on South 25th Street and you’ll see the baseball field. 400 S 25th St Copperas Cove, Texas. _______________________________________________________________Crockett High SchoolAustin, Travis County. From Akins, go north on South 1st Street. Turn left at Slaughter Lane. North on Manchaca Road. Crockett High School is located at Manchaca Road and Stassney Lane. The high school baseball field is at the southeast corner of the school property, next to the railroad track and just north of Garrison Park. Best parking and access is through Garrison Park, 6001 Manchaca Road. Enter from Manchaca Road, but do not go to the swimming pool. Instead, take the first road to the right and drive around the south perimeter of the park. Park in the parking lot adjacent to the municipal baseball field (this is not Crockett’s field). Hike north, past the end zone of the football field (which also sees seasonal use as a couple of little league baseball fields). From the north end of that parking lot, hike the short distance north on a dirt path along a drainage ditch to Crockett’s field. No lights, no concessions, no restroom. Nearest restroom is located adjacent to the parking lot in Garrison Park.5601 Manchaca Rd, Eustin, TX 78745_______________________________________________________________Del Valle High SchoolTravis County. North on I-35, east on Texas Highway 71 past Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Turn right at Ross Drive to Del Valle High School. Baseball field is at the northeast corner of the campus. There’s a lengthy fetch for the wind that blows in from the outfield, making even the simplest fly ball treacherous. Del Valle considers the 1st base dugout its home; visitors are in the 3rd base dugout, and visiting fans are typically in the stands along the north edge of the field. Parking lot nearest the field is convenient, but is known to be chained shut by security personnel not long after a late game has concluded, possibly leaving your vehicle trapped in the lot. It’s an incentive not to linger at the field. Moderately priced concession stand on the 1st base side of the field. Restrooms share the same building.5201 Ross Rd, Del Valle, TX 78617_______________________________________________________________Dripping Springs High SchoolHays County. The baseball field is located at the high school. From Akins, go north on South 1st Street, left (west) on Slaughter Lane. Turn right (north) onto FM 1826. Turn left (west) onto US 290. (You’re already west of the Oak Hill “Y.”). Go west 12.5 miles on US 290 to Dripping Springs. Go through town until you see the sign for Sportsplex Drive. Turn right (north) and follow it until it dead ends into Mighty Tiger Trail. Turn right. You should see the High School and the baseball field. Watch for serious speed bumps on campus. Stay on Mighty Tiger until you’ve passed the baseball field. Turn right. Parking is on the north side of the south-facing stadium. The field has an artificial playing surface, except for the pitcher’s mound, which is genuine dirt. The artificial surface is not brand new, but it has held up well. Concession stand and restrooms are together in a building that’s shared with the softball field. The restrooms are not clean, nor are the locals particularly friendly. That’s fine - you’re there for the baseball, after all. But with an admission price of TEN DOLLARS PER GAME PER PERSON, you might not be able to see enough high school baseball to justify the entry fee. One booster club poohbah will attempt to explain that the ticket price is high, so that they can pay the volunteers in the concession stand. Except, of course, they don’t pay the volunteers. And even some of the other booster club Einsteins seem to know that. Do not make the mistake of imagining that Dripping is a friendly little town that has no rush hour traffic. Neither of those is true. Rush hour peaks at 4 PM, with standstill traffic as bad as any you’ll find anywhere. 940 W Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620_______________________________________________________________East Central High School (San Antonio)Bexar County. The baseball field is located at the high school. From Akins, go South on I-35. EXIT 172 at the ¾ cloverleaf for Anderson Loop (Loop 1604) south. Continue on Loop 1604 southeast past Randolph AFB. Cross I-10. TURN RIGHT (west) on US Highway 87. travel 3.0 miles WEST on US 87. At the town of Sayers, TURN LEFT (south) on FM 1628 (Stuart Rd). In approx 1.5 miles, East Central High School is on your RIGHT. The baseball field is on the west edge of the campus. There’s parking on the east side of the campus. You must hike west past the football field. VALUABLE HINT: Sometimes the large parking lot that’s used for marching band practice is open for parking. This lot is MUCH CLOSER to the baseball field. To find it, drive SOUTH from the Stuart Road (FM 1628) school entrance. Turn RIGHT (west) on Old Sulphur Springs Road. Drive past the cemetery, and turn RIGHT into the driveway for this lot (just east of the school bus parking). The lot is fenced and gated - AND IT’S OFTEN LOCKED - but it’s so much closer that it’s worth a try. The baseball field is attractive, well maintained and extremely well drained. That’s because it has such a high crown. Left field and right field are each at least a foot lower than the infield. Water runs off to the outfield fences. Julian Smith will tell you that the fence isn’t that far away! 7173 FM 1628, San Antonio, TX 78263._______________________________________________________________East View High SchoolWilliamson County. The baseball field is located at East View High School, which is part of the Georgetown ISD. I don’t often suggest the use of toll roads in Central Texas, but this may be an instance for which it makes some sense. From Interstate 35 south of Akins, take State Hwy 45 (toll) east. It becomes State Hwy 130 (toll) north. Drive north on Hwy 130 to Georgetown. Exit the toll road at Exit 417. Turn RIGHT (roughly northeast) at Patriot Way (County Road 104), which is the back way to East View High School. Drive north on Patriot Way along the east side of the campus. After approx 1.5 miles, turn LEFT (west) onto the campus. Do not turn into the Georgetown ISD maintenance yard. Watch for some vicious speed bumps on campus. You’ll find ample parking near the baseball field. The field itself is minimally illuminated for night games. It can get cold there after dark during springtime games. Bring a sweatshirt and/or a blanket. Spectators are forbidden the use of chewing gum or their own chairs. Players are directed not to chew sunflower seeds. FIELD. Symmetrical field, nicely crowned to shed water. Approximate dimensions: to LF fence: 320 ft, to RF fence: 320 ft, to CF fence: 385 ft. The artificial carpet on the field was perhaps chosen at the recommendation of the maintenance department. However, this one is more worn than the old rug on Grandma’s parlor floor. Separate bleachers for home fans and visiting fans. That’s probably a good design, since East View fans are known to taunt their Akins neighbors by chanting in unison, “Go back to Travis County.” Mighty nice bunch of folks, wouldn’t you say? The scoreboard’s dimly-illuminated digits are adequate for night games, but they simply were not designed to be read easily in the direct sunlight of a Texas afternoon. Restrooms and concessions are shared with softball facility, located at the entrance to the fields, outside deep left field of the baseball yard. Staff at the concession stand is friendly, food pricing is moderate, selection is limited, quality is mediocre.ALTERNATE ROUTE. The toll road route totals approximately 55 miles, one way. The more traditional route (I-35 north to Hwy 29, then east on 29 to the high school) is shorter, but traffic through Austin and Round Rock at most times of the day may make it a less attractive choice.4490 E. University Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626. _______________________________________________________________Floresville High SchoolWilson County. From Akins, drive south on I-35. EXIT 172 at the ¾ cloverleaf for Anderson Loop (Loop 1604) south. Continue on Loop 1604 southeast past Randolph AFB. Cross I-10. Just past Calaveras Lake (where the soon to be decommissioned coal-fired power plants are located), TURN LEFT (southeast) on U.S. Highway 181. Stay on U.S. 181 all the way into Floresville (approx. 12.5 miles). TURN LEFT (northeast) on Highway 97 (Standish Lane) in Floresville, and TURN RIGHT onto the school campus at Indian Pink Drive. This entrance is gated and often locked, but it should be open for scheduled baseball events. TURN LEFT at the softball field; you’ll see the baseball field on your right. Parking is on your left, across the street from left field of the baseball yard, with just a short walk to the field. An admission fee of $4/person is charged during the regular season. Perhaps that money can be used to repair the broken and dangerous hand-railing in the bleachers. The reasonably well maintained, but smallish field (an unmarked 370 feet to the low fence in center field) plays a little larger than it actually measures. Gaps under the outfield fencing allow balls to roll through them, making the ground rules a bit more complicated than they should be. Convenient bathrooms and a concession stand are located in the small diagonally-situated pressbox building, the nearest corner window of which is where the announcer and scoreboard operator sit, some 30 yards behind home plate of the dimly-lit baseball field. A window in a different corner of the same building overlooks the adjacent softball field. 1813 Tiger Lane, Floresville, TX 78114. _______________________________________________________________Georgetown High SchoolWilliamson County. From Akins, take I-35 north to Georgetown. Take EXIT 261A (RM 2338 / Williams Drive), and stay on the access road. Turn right (east) on Williams Drive. After 100 yards or so, turn left (northeast) onto Austin Avenue (Business I-35). Georgetown High School is about half a mile north on the right side of the street. The baseball field is behind the school at the far southeastern edge of the campus. Parking east of the tennis courts. 2211 N. Austin Avenue, Georgetown, Texas. _______________________________________________________________Glenn High School (Leander ISD)Williamson County. MoPac (Loop 1) north to US Highway 183. North on US Hwy 183 through Cedar Park. Turn left (roughly west) on San Gabriel Parkway (which inexplicably turns into Oak Grove Rd. for about 450 yards). After approximately 1.5 miles on San Gabriel Pkwy, turn RIGHT (roughly northwest) at Bagdad Rd. Stay on Bagdad for 1/2 mile, then take the first RIGHT on Collaborative Way, which borders the north side of the campus. As you turn, you are abeam the baseball field, which is in the far northwest corner of the campus. Take the first RIGHT (south) from Collaborative Way into a drive that leads to plentiful parking. Believe it or not, this way is easier than navigating to the field from the school’s southern entrance, a circuitous route that involves driving over multiple speed bumps. Impressive, roomy baseball facility has a field with an artificial surface, modest aluminum bleachers with room for expansion. Concession stand - with limited selection but friendly staff - is located off the 1st-base side of the field. It’s shared with the adjacent softball facility. Restrooms are in the same building.1320 Collaborative Way, Leander, TX 78641_______________________________________________________________Harker Heights High SchoolBell County. I-35 north to Belton (exit 293 / Holland Rd ). Cross under IH 35 on 436, then take first right (Hwy 317) to connect to U.S Highway 190. You'll pass through Harker Heights before you get to Killeen. Exit from U.S. 190 at FM 2410 and turn left (south) at the light to cross over highway 190. Continue on FM 2410 approx. 1.5 miles. Harker Heights High School will be on the left at the corner of Verna Lee and FM 2410. 1001 FM 2410 Harker Heights, TX 76548._______________________________________________________________Hays High SchoolHays County. From Akins, follow FM 1626 west, southwest and then south until it tees into FM 2770 (Jack C. Hays Trail). Turn west (right) onto FM 2770 and follow it to Jack C. Hays High School, which will be on your right. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Hays High School baseball field was moved in April, 2019. The new location is uphill from the traditional field, behind the water tower. NEW FIELD. Traveling south on FM 2770, turn RIGHT into the northernmost entrance for the campus. Enter the parking lot that’s used for the football stadium and the OLD baseball field. Continue through that lot, and exit at a driveway on the far southwestern corner of the lot, near the Bales Gym. A narrow paved lane takes you roughly southwesterly, through a small parking lot. Exit that lot by turning RIGHT onto a narrow unpaved lane that meanders around the north edge of the football practice field. North of the tennis building (which is north of the tennis courts), you’ll find a miniscule new 40-space parking lot that’s intended to serve both baseball and softball. Is forty enough? That question deserved far more thought than it was apparently given. Get there early if you wish to have any chance of finding a place to park.. The new baseball field is north of the new softball field, and a paved footpath allows you to hike the final 100+ yards to both fields from the tiny new parking lot. The two fields share a restroom / concession / ticket building. The new baseball field has an exaggerated crown to allow drainage; the result is that home plate may not be visible from some portions of the dugout. Infield is very hard; outfield is rough and uneven. Those might mellow as the field is used, but the crown will likely remain an issue. BASEBALL: visitors are in 1st base dugout. (SOFTBALL: visitors are in 3rd base dugout.) A tall cinder block wall that extends from dugout-to-dugout means that you’re intended to see the game only from the elevated bleachers. The scoreboard at the new baseball field will look familiar. It’s the scoreboard from the old field, salvaged and moved to its new home. 4800 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda, TX 78610.OLD FIELD. Take the first school entrance into the northernmost parking lot. The old baseball field is at the far end of the parking lot. Concessions stand, restroom facility. The old field will become a parking lot._______________________________________________________________Hendrickson High SchoolTravis County. Pflugerville ISD. From Akins, take I-35 north. Exit at Parmer Lane, go east on Parmer Lane to Dessau Road. Turn north (left) on Dessau Road. Dessau Road becomes FM 685. Go north on FM 685 a little less than 6 miles. The State Hwy 130 and State Hwy 45 toll road interchange has caused relocation of FM 685. You must now cross under the toll roads to stay on FM 685. Hendrickson High School is on the east side of FM 685, just south of Kelly Lane. 2905 FM 685, Pflugerville, Texas. Enter at the school’s main entrance. Drive around the west and south perimeter road to the baseball field. Watch for speed bumps. Plenty of parking north of the field, near the tennis courts. Limited parking southwest of the field is typically used for team buses. Restrooms are outside the fence and across the street from the baseball field. As the sun gets lower in the sky, it’s directly in the eyes of the fielders, who may wish to bring dark glasses for late afternoon games. ALTERNATE TRAVEL ROUTE (more costly, but sometimes faster): From I-35 south of Akins, take State Hwy 45 / SH 130 TOLL ROAD NORTH. Stay on the toll road going north. Take EXIT 428A - marked FM 685 South / Kelly Lane. Keep right on the access road. Turn RIGHT (east) at the traffic light. This will take you directly onto the Hendrickson High School campus. Park in the 1st available lot on your RIGHT (just before the tennis courts). You’ll be within steps of the north (left field) corner of the baseball field. _______________________________________________________________Hutto High SchoolWilliamson County. Hutto ISD. From Akins, take I-35 north. Exit 253 at US 79, go east approximately 7.8 miles on US 79 (Palm Valley Boulevard), past the Dell Diamond and under the 130 toll road, to FM 685. Turn south on FM 685. Hutto High School will be on your left immediately, but YOU CANNOT EASILY GET TO THE BASEBALL FIELD BY GOING IN THE FRONT ENTRANCE OF THE SCHOOL. Drive past the school buildings to the south perimeter road (Carl Stern). Turn left (east) on Carl Stern. Drive past the field on your left and a couple of water towers on your right. After approximately 0.4 mile, turn left (north) on W. Front Street. Take the first left into the parking lot for the baseball field. Plenty of parking northeast of the field. Concession stand (not always open) and restrooms (not always unlocked) are in the cluster of buildings outside the fence that surrounds the baseball and softball fields. FIELD: well-maintained, but small (360 feet to the low CF fence). A hitter’s field. Dugouts are small, but adequate; visitors on 1st base side. Spacious aluminum bleachers have home and visitor wings, as well as a large central section. Infield is artificial surface, outfield is natural grass. Note that the pitching mound is an entirely artificial surface. No dirt at all. No cleats are allowed on the mound. Obviously built to satisfy maintenance managers and their budgets. Players? Maybe not so much.ALTERNATE TRAVEL ROUTE (more costly, but sometimes faster): From I-35 south of Akins, take State Hwy 45 / SH 130 TOLL ROAD NORTH. Stay on the toll road. Take EXIT 423 - marked US Highway 79 / Taylor / Round Rock. Keep to the right on the access road. Turn RIGHT (east) onto US Highway 79. In 3/4 mile, turn RIGHT (south) at FM 685. Remainder as above. 101 Farm to Market Road 685, Hutto, TX 78634._______________________________________________________________Hyde Park Baptist SchoolTravis County. From Akins, travel north on Mo-Pac (Loop 1). After crossing US 183, take the 1st exit. Stay on the service road. Continue through two lights (N Capitol of Texas Highway and W Braker Lane). Follow the service road left under Mo-Pac Expressway. Stay in the right lane. Immediately after crossing under Mo-Pac (BEFORE THE ACCESS ROAD TURNS BACK SOUTHBOUND), take the first right into The Quarries, Hyde Park’s athletic complex. Railroad track is on your right. Go a little less than 1/2 mile, past softball fields to an unconventionally-shaped but well-kept baseball yard. Adequate parking on 3rd base and 1st base sides of field. Additonal parking is available in a lot beyond right field._______________________________________________________________Johnson High SchoolHays County. This is the newest high school in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. From Akins, take FM 1626 west, then south (approx. total of 6.5 miles). Turn RIGHT (west) on FM 967 (approx. 1.25 miles). The school is on your RIGHT. These Johnson Jaguars are not to be confused with the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Jaguars in Austin or the Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson Jaguars in north San Antonio. Moe & Gene Johnson High School. 4260 FM 967, Buda, TX_______________________________________________________________Killeen High SchoolBell County. I-35 north to Belton (exit 293 / Holland Rd ). Cross under IH 35 on 436, then take first right (Hwy 317) to connect to U.S Highway 190 West. Take U.S. Highway 190 west into Killeen. Turn right (roughly north) onto W.S. Young Drive. After several blocks, Killeen ISD Administration building will be on the right. Turn right (east) onto Atkinson Avenue just past the KISD Administration Building. Atkinson will curve around and cross 38th Street. Stay on Atkinson until you see the field._______________________________________________________________Lake Travis High SchoolTravis County. There are many ways to get there. One way: from Akins, go north on South First Street to William Cannon Drive. Go west on William Cannon to Texas Highway 71. Turn left on Highway 71 and follow it northwesterly to the intersection of Highway 620. Turn right on Hwy 620 and travel approximately 1.8 miles. Lake Travis High School is on your left. Take the main entrance and park in a lot in front of the school. The baseball field is a short walk to the southwest. 3324 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, TX 78738._______________________________________________________________Lanier High SchoolTravis County. Increasingly congested Austin traffic sometimes makes the shortest route different from the quickest, especially at certain times of day. Here is one way to get to Lanier - likely neither the shortest nor the fastest. Take I-35 North, past US 183 to Rundberg Ln. West on Rundberg Ln for approx 0.7 mile. Turn left (roughly south) on Lamar Blvd. After approximately 0.4 mile, turn right (roughly west) on Payton Gin Road. The entrance to Lanier High School is on on your left. Turn left onto the school property for limited parking. It’s a short walk south to the field. This is a tiny, strangely shaped field. Approx. size: CF: 352 ft, RF 268 ft, LF: 295 ft. The contour of the outfield fence creates a situation in which an outfielder at the left field fence cannot see an outfielder at the center field fence. As with all fields on Austin ISD high school campuses, there are no lights on this field. 1201 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758Lanier High School was built in 1961 and named for Sidney Clopton Lanier, who was a poet. By an accident of birth, he was a southern poet. During the Civil War, he was conscripted to be a private in the army of the Confederate States of America. At the age of 19 years, he was required by the local authorities to defend the place where his family lived. But the Confederacy never defined who Lanier was, as a person, and years later he was honored by the United States government itself with a postage stamp for his poetry. He was not a military general. He wasn’t even a postmaster for the Confederacy. He was a conscripted teenage poet. Nevertheless, in a spasm of political correctness, the Austin ISD stripped Lanier’s name from the high school in 2019, ostensibly because his conscription meant that he had “served” the Confederacy. The school was subsequently renamed for a U.S. soldier, whose name had been previously considered for an Austin elementary school. This listing appears under both names. _______________________________________________________________LBJ High SchoolTravis County. Construction along US Highway 183 may affect travel time and access. Take I-35 North to Ben White Blvd (TX Hwy 71). East on TX 71 to US Highway 183. North on US Hwy 183. Here is a back way to the school that may avoid road construction: Turn RIGHT (east) on Loyola Lane. After approximately 0.25 mile, turn LEFT (north) on Millrace Drive. In a little less than 0.5 mile, turn LEFT (northwest) onto Purple Sage Drive. You’ll see the baseball field on your right. Turn right onto Lazy Creek Drive. Adequate parking in the lot on the right. It’s a short walk to the baseball field on the south edge of the campus. As with all fields on Austin ISD high school campuses, there are no lights on this field. 7309 Lazy Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78724._______________________________________________________________Leander High SchoolWilliamson County. I-35 North to US Highway 183. North on US Hwy 183 through Cedar Park. Turn left (roughly west) on FM 1431 (W. Whitestone Blvd.). After approximately 0.6 mile, turn right (roughly north) on Bagdad Road. The entrance to Leander High School is on Bagdad Rd., approximately 1.5 miles from FM 1431. Turn left onto the school property. The baseball field next to the football stadium no longer exists; go to the far west edge of the campus to find the field. 3301 S. Bagdad Rd., Leander, Texas._______________________________________________________________Lehman High SchoolHays County. I-35 South to Exit 215 (FM 1626 / Kyle Parkway). Cross over I-35 on Kyle Parkway. After approximately 3/4 mile, turn right (roughly southwest) on County Road 205. Travel just 300 yards to County Road 130 (Goforth Road). Turn LEFT (southeast) on Goforth Road. Travel 1/2 mile to Lehman Road. Turn RIGHT on Lehman Road. The entrance to the parking lot for the baseball field is a short 200 yards away on your left. Turn left into the parking lot. Restrooms are available. The baseball field itself is nicely groomed, but at 356 feet to the center field fence, it is smaller than one might expect for a relatively new high school. The original orientation for the field, which was laid out with no apparent consideration of baseball, geography or astronomical geometry, had home plate located in what is now right field. The CF fence was a respectable 370 feet away, but the batter, catcher and home plate umpire were all staring directly into the sun during afternoon games. Rotating the field in its assigned space corrected the blinding oversight, but forced a noticeably smaller field. For night games, the field is illuminated by standard metal halide sports lighting. But since the poles were positioned for a field designed to be at a right-angle to the present layout, today’s resulting puddles of light on the field are a compromise that’s less than desirable. As with other HCISD athletic fields, the lights at the Lehman baseball field are on a programmable timer. School officials designate that the lighting will be extinguished at a specified time. For Lehman’s baseball field, that time is 10:30 PM. If the lights are dumped in, say, the 7th inning of an ongoing game, Lehman’s public address announcer will glibly tell spectators that it’s the fault of the contractor who installed the lighting. Hays Consolidated Independent School District. 1700 Lehman Rd, Kyle, TX 78640._______________________________________________________________Lockhart High SchoolCaldwell County. Start by finding US Highway 183 in your favorite way. One way from Akins is to take Old San Antonio Road south from the school, across the Onion Creek low water crossing (but NOT when it’s flooded!) to Puryear Road. Turn left (east) on Puryear Road. Turn right (south) at the I-35 access road. Getting to FM 1327 on the other side of the interstate used to be easier before the imposition of the toll road. Follow the signs to FM 1327, and then drive east on 1327 a little more than 7 miles to US Hwy 183. Turn right (south) on US Hwy 183 and drive to Lockhart (about 15.5 miles). Turn right and head roughly southwest on FM 20 (State Park Road). After approximately 0.5 mile, turn right (roughly northwest) on Medina Street. Continue on Medina approximately 0.5 mile. Go past Lockhart High School; the baseball field is another three short blocks away. The entrance to the Lockhart High baseball field is on the right. Enter and park._______________________________________________________________Manor High SchoolTravis County. I-35 North to US Highway 290. Alternatively, take the 130 toll road north, and then east on US Hwy 290. Turn LEFT (north) on Gregg Manor Rd (just before Riata Ford). Cross Hill Lane, then just north of the High School, turn LEFT (west) just past the water tower that’s on your right. Stay on this street as it goes past the middle school (on your right), and then the elementary school (on your left). Manor‘s baseball field is at the end of this street. Adequate parking in the lot west of the field._______________________________________________________________Marble Falls High SchoolBurnet County. Improved driving directions. Travel west on TX Hwy 71, approximately 33.5 miles west of the Oak Hill Y to US 281. Drive approximately 5 miles north on US 281 to Marble Falls. In downtown Marble Falls, turn RIGHT (east) and travel approx. 1 mile on Ranch Road 1431. Turn left (northeast) onto Mustang Drive. The high school is approx 0.6 mile from the intersection of RM 1431 and Mustang Drive. Ample parking, but the main lot may be crowded during school hours. Additional parking north of the baseball field is accessible from Manzano Mile, a street that runs along the southeast edge of the campus. Manzano Mile is one-quarter mile east of Mustang Drive on RM 1431. Baseball field is on the east side of the campus. Smallish, well maintained field (350 feet to center field fence). Aluminum bleachers behind home plate, and separate smaller bleachers along 1st base and 3rd base lines. 2101 Mustang Drive, Marble Falls, TX 78654._______________________________________________________________Marion High SchoolGuadalupe County. Marion is a 3A school. A game between Akins and Marion may never happen. However, Marion’s new field is 100% artificial surface, and that makes it a possible alternate location for a rained-out tournament or playoff game. This is a small field with a high fence. 350 feet to CF.
506 Bulldog Ln., Marion, TX 78124._______________________________________________________________McCallum High SchoolAustin, Travis County. This is a small field with high fences. Take I-35 north to 51st Street exit (Exit 237). Go west on 51st Street (crossing I-35) to N. Lamar Blvd. Turn RIGHT (north) on Lamar. After just 1/3 mile on Lamar, turn LEFT (west) on Houston Street and then RIGHT on Sunshine Drive. Parking is scarce and not particularly close to the field. Park at the school and walk across the campus to the baseball field, which is near the southwest corner of the campus. 5600 Sunshine Drive. _______________________________________________________________McNeil High SchoolAustin, Travis County. A moderately sized, well maintained, symmetrical field: CF: 370 feet, LF: 330 feet, RF: 330 feet. The schoolgrounds straddle Travis and Williamson Counties, but the ballfield is in far north Travis County. Notorious Austin traffic can greatly affect drive time from far south Travis County; plan accordingly. Take I-35 or MoPac (pick your poison) north to Parmer Lane (FM 734). Go west on Parmer to McNeil Road. Turn RIGHT (east-northeast) on McNeil. After approximately 3/4 mile, turn LEFT into McNeil High School on Maverick Way. The closest parking is a quarter of a mile from the field. Park at the school and walk across the campus to the baseball field, which is at the southeast corner of the campus. 5720 McNeil Drive, Austin, Texas 78729.ALTERNATE: Faster but more costly. Take 130 toll road north and 45 toll road west. Exit Parmer Lane and go south._______________________________________________________________Navarro High School [Geronimo, Texas]Geronimo, Guadalupe County. A compact, medium-sized, well maintained, symmetrical field: CF: 385 feet, LF: 320 feet, RF: 320 feet. The southwest-pointing orientation of the field, which is peculiar for central Texas high school ball parks, may present a sun/glare problem for some batters during early-season games. Similar in orientation (but not identical) to Round Rock’s field. Take I-35 south to San Marcos. At Exit 204A, go south on Texas Highway 123, which takes you around the back side of San Marcos High School. Continue south, past Zorn. WATCH FOR THE SPEED TRAP IN GERONIMO - OPERATED BY GUADALUPE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES. The speed limit goes quickly from 65 to 55 to 45. Just after you pass the Geronimo Volunteer fire department (on your left), turn RIGHT (west) into the Navarro High School campus The miniature golf course, which served as a landmark from 2011 to 2019, no longer exists. If you reach Link Road, you’ve gone too far. Adequate parking 1/4 mile west of Highway 123, a short walk to the baseball field, which is on the north side of the campus. Concession stand and restrooms (which are too often locked). 6450 Texas Highway 123, Geronimo, TX 78155.Do not confuse this school with the recently renamed Navarro High School in the Austin Independent School District._______________________________________________________________Navarro High School (originally Lanier High School) [Austin, Texas]Travis County. Increasingly congested Austin traffic sometimes makes the shortest route different from the quickest, especially at certain times of day. Here is one way to get to Lanier - likely neither the shortest nor the fastest. Take I-35 North, past US 183 to Rundberg Ln. West on Rundberg Ln for approx 0.7 mile. Turn left (roughly south) on Lamar Blvd. After approximately 0.4 mile, turn right (roughly west) on Payton Gin Road. The entrance to Lanier High School is on on your left. Turn left onto the school property for limited parking. It’s a short walk south to the field. This is a tiny, strangely shaped field. Approx. size: CF: 352 ft, RF 268 ft, LF: 295 ft. The contour of the outfield fence creates a situation in which an outfielder at the left field fence cannot see an outfielder at the center field fence. As with all fields on Austin ISD high school campuses, there are no lights on this field. 1201 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758.Not to be confused with Navarro High School in Geronimo (Guadalupe County), this school was renamed in 2019 for U.S. Army Sgt. Juan P. Navarro, who was killed in 2012, while participating in the ongoing U.S. military action in Afghanistan.This school was originally Lanier High School, named for Sidney Clopton Lanier, who was a poet. By an accident of birth, he was a southern poet. During the Civil War, he was conscripted to be a private in the army of the Confederate States of America. At the age of 19 years, he was required by the local authorities to defend the place where his family lived. But the Confederacy never defined who Lanier was, as a person, and years later he was honored by the United States government itself with a postage stamp for his poetry. He was not a military general. He wasn’t even a postmaster for the Confederacy. He was a conscripted teenage poet. Nevertheless, in a spasm of political correctness, the Austin ISD stripped Lanier’s name from the high school in 2019, ostensibly because his conscription meant that he had “served” the Confederacy. The school was subsequently renamed for a U.S. soldier, whose name had been previously considered for an Austin elementary school. This listing appears under both names. _______________________________________________________________Nelson Baseball Field (AISD)Austin, Travis County. Take I-35 north to 51st Street exit (Exit 237). East on 51st Street to Berkman Drive. North on Berkman Drive, under US Highway 290. Almost immediately, the Austin Independent School District’s Nelson athletic complex will be on your right. Turn into any entrance of the parking lot. The baseball field is south of the football stadium. Entrance points have changed; you may enter from either the east side or the west side. However, you can no longer drive around the south end of the baseball field; AISD buses and equipment have blocked that access permanently. Park on the west side or go all the way around the north side of the football field and park on the east side.FIELD: A unique configuration for local high schools, Nelson Baseball Field incorporates a significant hill leading to the fence in right field. LF: 310 ft; LC: 347 ft; CF: 392 ft; RC: 385 ft; RF: 351 ft. Dugouts are actually “dug out,” recessed below ground level. Concessions and restroom facilities on 1st base side. 7105 Berkman Drive, Austin TX 78752._______________________________________________________________New Braunfels High SchoolComal County. From Akins, go south on I-35 to New Braunfels. Exit 189. Turn RIGHT (northwest) at Loop 337. This avoids going through New Braunfels by going around it. Stay on Loop 337 for approximately 5 miles. Turn LEFT from Loop 337 into the entrance for New Braunfels High School. The baseball field is to your immediate RIGHT, as you enter the high school campus. Adequate parking is to your immediate LEFT. New Braunfels ISD. 2551 Loop 337, New Braunfels, TX 78130_______________________________________________________________Northeast High School (originally Reagan High School)Travis County. A small, interestingly shaped baseball yard. The outfield fence bows gently inward to accommodate the curve of the school’s track. Approx. dimensions: CF: 339 ft, RF: 319 ft, LF: 294 ft. Located literally across the street from AISD’s shared Nelson Field facility. There are multiple ways to get there; here’s one. Take I-35 north to 51st Street exit (Exit 237). East on 51st Street to Berkman Drive. North on Berkman Drive, under US Highway 290. Almost immediately, Reagan High School will be on your left. Turn LEFT (west) onto Athletic Drive, which runs along the southern edge of the campus, where the baseball field is located. Turn RIGHT (north) into the parking lot. Adequate parking; a short walk to the baseball field. 7104 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78752. NOTE: toll roads (45 / 130 / 290) are offensively expensive, but they may get you there more quickly.Reagan High School was named for John H. Reagan, who, during the Civil War, was a member of the cabinet of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. Reagan was postmaster for the Confederacy. Following the Civil War, Reagan denounced secession and slavery, and he served the government of the United States, first as a Congressman, and then as a U.S. Senator, both from the state of Texas. During the 2017 wave of such things, a statue of Reagan was banished from the campus of the University of Texas. As part of the 2019 phase of an ongoing purge of Confederate-related names on schools, the Austin Independent School District removed Reagan’s name from the high school. The school was ever-so-creatively renamed “Northeast Early College High School.” This listing appears under both names. _______________________________________________________________Pflugerville High SchoolTravis County. I-35 north to FM 1825. Exit 247. Stay on FM 1825 for 2.5 miles, as it swings east (right) toward downtown Pflugerville and becomes Pecan Street. Pflugerville High school is on your right. Park in large lot and walk past tennis courts to baseball field. Concessions stand, restroom facility. 1301 West Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX_______________________________________________________________Reagan High SchoolTravis County. A small, interestingly shaped baseball yard. The outfield fence bows gently inward to accommodate the curve of the school’s track. Approx. dimensions: CF: 339 ft, RF: 319 ft, LF: 294 ft. Located literally across the street from AISD’s shared Nelson Field facility. There are multiple ways to get there; here’s one. Take I-35 north to 51st Street exit (Exit 237). East on 51st Street to Berkman Drive. North on Berkman Drive, under US Highway 290. Almost immediately, Reagan High School will be on your left. Turn LEFT (west) onto Athletic Drive, which runs along the southern edge of the campus, where the baseball field is located. Turn RIGHT (north) into the parking lot. Adequate parking; a short walk to the baseball field. 7104 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78752. NOTE: toll roads (45 / 130 / 290) are offensively expensive, but they may get you there more quickly.Reagan High School was named for John H. Reagan, who, during the Civil War, was a member of the cabinet of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. Reagan was postmaster for the Confederacy. Following the Civil War, Reagan denounced secession and slavery, and he served the government of the United States, first as a Congressman, and then as a U.S. Senator, both from the state of Texas. During the 2017 wave of such things, a statue of Reagan was banished from the campus of the University of Texas. As part of the 2019 phase of an ongoing purge of Confederate-related names on schools, the Austin Independent School District removed Reagan’s name from the high school. The school was ever-so-creatively renamed “Northeast Early College High School.” This listing appears under both names. _______________________________________________________________Regents School of AustinTravis County. Private Christian day school. Well maintained grass field. They keep the grass a little long here, so the ball rolls more slowly than you might guess. Footing for fielders on this field can be uncertain and treacherous. Lots of slipping. Approx. dimensions: CF: 381 ft, RF: 323 ft, LF: 315 ft. The school has been at this location since 1998, but the baseball field didn’t exist before 2014. The area for the field and bleachers is carved into the underlying indigenous limestone, as can be seen behind the 3rd-base dugout. Although the 82-acre K-12 campus is relatively spacious, fencing around the field is inexplicably tight. Both for left field and for right field, there is literally no foul territory between the foul pole and the perimeter fence; the outfield fence meets the baseline fencing in a point at the pole. Perhaps to facilitate drainage, left field drops off noticeably toward the foul line. Fielder, beware. Dugouts are plenty long, but they’re shallow. Bags can be stowed under the benches. There are multiple ways to get there; here’s one. From Akins High School, go north on South 1st Street, all the way to Ben White Blvd. Turn LEFT (west) on Ben White (US Hwy 290 / Texas Hwy 71). Exit westbound US 290 onto Southwest Parkway, still going westerly. At the traffic light at Foster Ranch Road, turn RIGHT (north) onto Foster Ranch Road. You won’t notice it, but Foster Ranch Road quietly becomes Travis Country Circle after approx. 0.4 mile. After another 0.1 mile, turn into the strangely-organized parking lot on your RIGHT. It’s just a short walk WEST across Foster Ranch Road / Travis Country Circle to the baseball field. NOTE: a smaller, dirt, parking lot is immediately adjacent to the baseball field, and is accessible by turning LEFT (west) from Foster Ranch Road / Travis Country Circle, but this gated lot may be locked and may not always be available. Small, but entirely adequate, spectator seating in aluminum bleachers. Porta-pots near the metal buildings outside 1st base side of the field, and a small outdoor concessions operation on 3rd base side. Regents Knights. 3230 Travis Country Circle, Austin, TX 78735.ALTERNATE: Take Mo-Pac Expressway north to Southwest Parkway. Turn LEFT (west) onto Southwest Parkway, and then look for Foster Ranch Road on your RIGHT. See above._______________________________________________________________Round Rock High SchoolRound Rock, Texas, Williamson County. I-35 north to Ranch Road 620, Exit 252B. West under Interstate Highway on RR 620 (Round Rock Avenue) two-tenths of a mile to Round Rock High School. Turn LEFT (south) on N. Lake Creek Drive. The baseball field is at the south end of the campus complex. Parking is where you find it. A few spots may be open on the east side of the football stadium. There’s a lot along the 1st base side of the baseball field; it’s convenient, but often full. There’s sometimes additional parking in a lot beyond the swimming pool that’s west of the baseball facility. Be aware that lots and driveways on campus are sometimes closed. That’s especially true during school hours, when school administrators seek to prevent all but the school’s Seniors from leaving campus. The road on which you entered campus may not be available when you attempt to exit. ALTERNATE: Faster but more costly. Take 130 toll road north, then take 45 toll road west. Exit at RR 620 (Round Rock Avenue), and drive northeast on 620 to Lake Creek Drive. Turn RIGHT (south) into the school. 300 N. Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681_______________________________________________________________Rouse High SchoolLeander, Texas, Williamson County. Leander ISD. Multiple routes exist, but whatever way you go, give yourself extra time to cope with wicked traffic. Here’s one route: From Akins, go north on South First Street. Turn LEFT (west) onto Slaughter Lane, then RIGHT (north) onto Loop 1 (MoPac Expressway). North on MoPac to U.S. Highway 183. In many places, U.S. 183 (Research Blvd.) has been reduced in status to the role of a service road for Highway 183A, which is a toll road (more expensive, sometimes faster). If you avoid the toll road, expect congestion as you wait at traffic lights on U.S. Hwy 183 in the no-longer-small town of Cedar Park (population 77,000). If you’ve chosen the toll road, take the EXIT marked Crystal Falls Parkway. Turn RIGHT (roughly east) at Crystal Falls Parkway. After 1/3 mile, turn LEFT (north) onto Raider Way. Drive past the entrance to the middle school, then turn RIGHT (east) at a driveway that’s just past the tennis courts. This drive will take you to a large parking lot, the far end of which is very near the baseball field. It’s a short walk on a paved sidewalk from the lot to the baseball facility. Moderately large (approx. 385 ft to CF fence), symmetrical grass field. Dugouts are beyond 1st and 3rd base. Visitors are typically on the 3rd base side. The field is not particularly well lit, but its lighting levels are better than many in central Texas. Adequate bleachers, restrooms, concession stand. In contrast to some other schools, volunteers make sure the concession stand is open throughout the game. 1222 Raider Way, Leander, TX 78641_______________________________________________________________ San Marcos AcademyHays County. I-35 south to San Marcos. Exit 202 (Wonder World Drive). Turn right (northwest) on Wonder World Drive / Ranch Road 12. This is the NEW RR 12. Stay on Ranch Road 12 for 4 miles. On your left (south) is the entrance to San Marcos Academy. The school buildings are set back a half mile from the road and are hard to see over the hill and beyond the trees. Look for the large stone entry with signs that say “San Marcos Baptist Academy.” Turn left (southwest) from RR 12 onto the school road. There’s a left turn lane on RR 12 for the school entrance. Depending on the time of day, RR 12 traffic can be dangerous; use caution when turning left across RR 12 onto the SMA school road. The baseball field is about 1/3 of a mile on your right. Limited parking on dirt. Try the 3rd base side of the softball field and take a short walk to the baseball yard. Paved lots exist in front of the school buildings and near the football field, but it’s a hike from there back to the baseball yard. Small field: 348 feet to the center field fence; power alleys are shorter by 20 feet. Limited seating for spectators; consider bringing a folding chair. 2801 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, Texas._______________________________________________________________San Marcos High SchoolNEW FIELD. Hays County. I-35 south through San Marcos. Exit McCarty Lane and go left under I-35 (roughly southeast) on McCarty Lane. The New San Marcos High School is located at 2601 E. McCarty Lane, less than a mile east of the Interstate highway, and immediately west of State Highway 123. Concession stand, restrooms.OLD FIELD. Hays County. Repurposed as Owen Goodnight Middle School, the old San Marcos High School facility is still in use. The baseball field associated with the school is still pint-sized, but it is as well maintained as ever. Hays County. I-35 south to San Marcos. Take Highway 123 exit (Exit 204) and go under I-35 south (left) on Highway 123. After a block or so, veer left off of Hwy 123 and onto Staples Road, which intersects the highway at an oblique angle. Continue SSE on Staples Road past the fish hatchery on the left. Look for the old baseball field on the right. This is the back side of Goodnight Middle School (the old San Marcos High School). The dirt parking lot that was on the right before you reached the baseball field is now fenced off and inaccessible. Limited parking east and south of the school._______________________________________________________________Seguin High SchoolGuadalupe County. Varsity baseball games are played at the Seguin / Guadalupe County Fairgrounds / Coliseum, and NOT at the High School. Take I-35 south to San Marcos. Take Highway 123 exit (Exit 204A) and go south (LEFT) on Highway 123 under I-35. Continue south on Highway 123 through Zorn and Geronimo. WATCH FOR THE SPEED TRAP IN GERONIMO - OPERATED BY GUADALUPE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES. The speed limit goes quickly from 65 to 55 to 45. Highway 123 splits just north of Seguin into “Bypass” and “Business.” TRADITIONAL: Stay right at the split and take Hwy 123 Business. Cross under I-10. Continue south on Hwy 123 Business (Austin Street) through downtown Seguin. The Seguin / Guadalupe County Coliseum is south of downtown, on the right. (If you reach the Guadalupe River south of Seguin, you’ve gone too far!) Turn right into the Coliseum parking lot, just before the volleyball complex. Drive through the parking lot to Fairgrounds Baseball Park on the left. Concessions and restroom facilities. ALTERNATE (a little less direct, but somewhat faster): stay left, and take the Hwy 123 Bypass at the split north of Seguin. Go south, around most of the charming congestion in downtown Seguin. Go over I-10, past U.S. Hwy 90, past Seguin High School, past U.S. 90 ALT. Cross over the Guadalupe River - and then, less than 1/4 mile later - turn RIGHT (west) on Tor Drive (county Road 400) at the traffic light. Landmark is “BZ’s Tire Shop.” Travel WEST on Tor Rd. for 1 mile. Tor Rd. dead-ends into Stockdale Highway. Turn RIGHT (north) onto Business Highway 123 (Stockdale Highway, which is called South Austin Street, as it goes into Seguin). This will take you back north across the river and directly to the Fairgrounds. Turn LEFT at the Fairgrounds entrance for ample parking near the stadium.Smokey Joe Williams Field, 950 S Austin St, Seguin, TX 78155.Joseph “Cyclone Joe,” “Smokey Joe” Williams (1886-1951) was born in Seguin and became a star pitcher of the Negro leagues, at a time in which baseball was one of many things that were segregated by race. His professional career lasted from 1907 to 1932. He played professionally into his mid-40s. In 1999, Williams was elected posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2001, Guadalupe County renamed the existing baseball field for him. _______________________________________________________________Shoemaker High SchoolBell County. There are a couple of ways to get to Shoemaker from Akins. Here’s one with better roads. From Akins, go north on I-35, approximately 67 miles to the US 190 exit in Belton. Exit 293B. Take the flyover onto westbound US 190. [If the flyover isn’t open, or you prefer to stay at ground level, take Exit 293A. Go under I-35 on Holland St. and S. Main St. to get onto US 190 westbound.] Drive west on US 190 approximately 21 miles, through Harker Heights and into Killeen. Just south of Fort Hood, take the exit from US 190 marked “Highway 201 / Clear Creek Rd.” Turn LEFT (south) on Clear Creek Rd. Shoemaker High School is 1.25 miles south. Turn LEFT (east) on W. Elm Rd. The Shoemaker campus is on your left. Ample parking beyond the football field. The baseball yard is in the northwest corner of the campus. 3302 S Clear Creek Rd - Killeen, TX. 76549_______________________________________________________________Smithson Valley High SchoolComal County. From Akins, go south on I-35 to New Braunfels. EXIT 189. Turn RIGHT (northwest) onto Loop 337 / Highway 46. This avoids going through New Braunfels by going around it. Stay on Loop 337 / Highway 46 for approximately 5 miles. Keep RIGHT, as you approach New Braunfels High School (which is on your left). Heads up! Perpetual road construction in this area may change signage, lane assignments, traffic lights, and road paint. With the New Braunfels High School baseball field on your left, exit RIGHT (northwest) onto Highway 46. This is the exit for Walnut Avenue, though it’s not well marked. Go roughly west-northwest on Highway 46 for approximately 13 miles. Turn LEFT (southwest) onto Smithson Valley Road (FM 3159), and after just one-third mile, turn RIGHT into the campus of Smithson Valley High School. Stay on this driveway and bear left. The baseball yard is on your right. Plenty of parking beyond the 3rd base side of the field. Indoor batting cages. Restrooms on 3rd base side of the field, behind the batting cages. Concessions stand. Comal ISD. 14001 Highway 46 W., Spring Branch, TX 78070. (Note that despite the fact that the school’s official address is on Highway 46, you cannot enter the campus directly from westbound Highway 46.)_______________________________________________________________Southwest High School (San Antonio)Bexar County. From Akins, go south on I-35 - all the way through San Antonio. Traffic can be daunting, so choosing a smart travel window is important. From I-35, take EXIT 140 - Anderson Loop (LOOP 1604). Turn NORTH (right) onto Loop 1604. Drive NORTH on Loop 1604 for approx. 1.0 mile. Turn RIGHT (east) onto Robert Glenn Rd. After just 0.4 mile, bear RIGHT onto Edwards Rd. Continue NORTH on Edwards Rd., all the way through the high school campus (past Old Pearsall Road, and past the football stadium). In approx. 0.7 mile, you’ll be rewarded with plentiful parking. The baseball yard is just a few steps north of the parking lot, on the northernmost portion of the campus. Spacious stands. Bathroom facilities on 1st base side. In the same building, you’ll find a concession stand with a friendly staff and limited fare. A microwaved hamburger with a thin piece of ground beef that measures about 3 inches in diameter on a 4-inch bun will cost you 3 bucks. Tiny, but tasty. ALTERNATIVE DRIVING DIRECTIONS
The I-410 route is approximately 6 miles farther than I-35 route, but it may be faster than going through downtown San Antonio. Southwest Independent School District of San Antonio. 11914 Dragon Lane, San Antonio, TX 78252_______________________________________________________________Steele High SchoolGuadalupe County. From Akins, take I-35 south, past New Braunfels. Exit 178, Hubertus Road (FM 1103). Take the Hubertus Road overpass LEFT (southeast) over I-35. Stay on Hubertus Road, which is FM 1103. After approximately 3.25 miles, FM 1103 makes a sweeping right curve. Slow down. Byron P. Steele II High School is at the end of the long curve, on your left. Enter at the main entrance and park in the main parking lot. The baseball field is west of the high school buildings. Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD. 1300 FM 1103, Cibolo, Texas 78108__________________________________________________________________________________________________Stony Point High SchoolWilliamson County. From Akins, go north on I-35 to Round Rock. Take EXIT 253. Stay in the right lane of the service road, and turn RIGHT (east) onto US Highway 79 (Palm Valley Blvd), as if you were headed to the Dell Diamond. At the 4th light (approximately 1.9 miles), turn LEFT (north) on A.W. Grimes Blvd (FM 1460). After just one light on FM 1460, take the 1st LEFT (west), just past the sheet metal shop. This street will take you directly to a parking lot in less than half a mile. Additional parking is less than 150 yards north. The baseball field is at the far south of Stony Point’s irregularly shaped campus. Large, slightly assymetrical, baseball field. Spacious aluminum bleachers. Round Rock ISD. 1801 Tiger Trail, Round Rock, Texas 78664 ALTERNATIVE: Take toll road 130 north to US 79. Faster, but costly. EXIT 423. Turn LEFT (west) on US 79. Travel approximately 5 miles west on US 79, past the Dell Diamond. Turn RIGHT (north) on A.W. Grimes Blvd (FM 1460). See remaining directions immediately above._______________________________________________________________Taylor High SchoolWilliamson County. From Akins, take I-35 north to Round Rock. Exit at US Highway 79. Go east on US 79, past the Dell Diamond and through the town of Hutto. When you get to the town of Taylor, DO NOT take the US 79 bypass south around the town. Instead, take FM 397 north (left) to Mallard Lane. Turn right (roughly east) on Mallard Lane and go approximately 1.6 miles to the baseball field, which will be on your left - across from Johns Community Hospital. Park in the High School parking lot. If you intersect Texas Highway 95, you’ve gone too far._______________________________________________________________Travis High SchoolAustin, Travis County. From Akins, take I-35 north. Exit at East Oltorf Street (EXIT 232A). Turn LEFT (west) on Oltorf, and cross over I-35. Just a quick 100 yards past the southbound frontage road, turn LEFT into the driveway for Travis High School. Proceed south on the driveway approximately 270 yards to a parking lot adjacent to the baseball field. This is a compact field (332 feet to the center field fence) with a great deal of history. Austin ISD. 1211 E. Oltorf, Austin, Texas. _______________________________________________________________Vandegrift High SchoolRevised directions. Austin, Travis County. There are multiple routes from Akins. Here’s one: take Mopac (Loop 1) north. Exit onto Ranch-to-Market Road 2222 and go northwest (toward Lake Travis). RM 2222 is a winding stretch of road with dangerous blind curves and blind entrances. Drive carefully. Travel roughly northwest on RM 2222 for approximately 7.4 miles, passing under Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway). Turn RIGHT (north) on Ribelin Ranch Drive. On Ribelin Ranch Drive, go around and through the first of two TRAFFIC CIRCLES (roundabout, rotary). Stay on Ribelin Ranch Road. At the second TRAFFIC CIRCLE, EXIT RIGHT (east) onto McNeil Drive. Turn LEFT (north) from McNeil Drive, into a driveway just before you reach the Vandegrift football stadium. Look for the signs and arrows that say “Baseball Softball Tennis.” The driveway will take you to a lot on the RIGHT with ample parking, just beyond the right field corner of the baseball field. There is also a parking lot to your LEFT that is closer to home plate, but it is much smaller and fills up quickly. The spectator entrance is roughly behind home plate.The baseball yard (Venom Field) is at the far north-central portion of the campus. It is a well-maintained natural grass field, oriented toward the northeast. Of moderate size (380 feet to CF fence), it is measurably smaller than places like Burger, but slightly larger than Akins Field. Lighting on the field is not great for night games, but it’s better than many high school fields in central Texas. For games played at sunset, especially in the early season, the sun can be a serious problem for fielders. Fielders may wish to BRING SUN GLASSES. An extreme implementation of the trend to move dugouts away from home plate, the dugouts at Vandegrift are located out beyond 1st base and 3rd base. A single set of aluminum bleachers, located behind home plate, has small wings angled parallel to the 1st and 3rd base lines. These are all good seats. In fact, the very worst seat in the bleachers is nearer home plate than the very closest spot in either dugout. A separate building behind the bleachers houses restrooms and a concession stand. There, the food is reasonably priced, and the staff is friendly. However, the concession stand is known to close halfway through the game. Experience suggests you may wish to avoid the hot dogs. Leander ISD. 9500 McNeil Drive, Austin, Texas 78750._______________________________________________________________Wagner High SchoolBexar County. From Akins, take I-35 south into San Antonio. Exit 164A, Rittiman Road. From the southbound access road, turn left (east) and cross under I-35 on Rittiman. Continue east on Rittiman Road. After approximately 1.9 miles,the road splits. STAY RIGHT on Rittiman. Rittiman crosses Seguin Rd and becomes Foster Road, which immediately curves to the south. Karen Wagner High School is on Foster Road, 1.5 miles south of Seguin Road, on your left (east). Enter at the main entrance and stay left to go around to the back of the school buildings to the athletic fields. The baseball field is east of the high school buildings. You will find limited parking on the 3rd base side of the field. Judson ISD. 3000 Foster Road, San Antonio, Texas 78244_______________________________________________________________Westlake High SchoolTravis County. Eanes Independent School District. There are multiple ways to get there. Here’s one: Take I-35 north to Ben White Boulevard (Exit 230). Cross under the Interstate Highway, and go generally northwest on Ben White to Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway). Stay on Loop 360 past MoPac (Loop 1) and Barton Creek Square Mall. Turn right at Westbank Drive, which intersects Loop 360 obliquely. Westbank drive curves to the left, and you can see the Westlake School complex. Park in the large parking lot near the football stadium and hike past the visitors’ side to Woerner Baseball Field, which is immediately adjacent to the football stadium. Very nice concession and restroom facilities exist, but experience has shown that both may be closed during summer games._______________________________________________________________Westwood High SchoolWilliamson County. Round Rock ISD. Take U.S. Highway 183 north. Exit Lake Creek Parkway. Turn LEFT on Lake Creek Parkway and go west under US 183. After 3/10 of a mile, turn RIGHT on Mellow Meadow, then RIGHT again into an undersized parking lot that serves the baseball and softball fields. The baseball yard to to the west.This field has a strange outfield fence contour. It looks like someone forgot a plan a spot for a light pole and scoreboard. Straightaway center field is about 370 feet, but in the left-center hitter’s alley, a funky fence detour makes it more like 330 feet. It probably doesn’t happen often, but at extreme positions against some portions of the fence, the left fielder and center fielder can’t see one another._______________________________________________________________
OTHER FIELDSBechtol Harper FieldAustin. Travis County. Located on the north side of Lady Bird Lake, west of Lamar. The location is simple, but access is a bit tricky. Although the driveway to the field is on Lamar, you cannot turn into it from northbound Lamar. Perhaps the easiest way to get there is to go north from Akins High School on South First Street. Stay on First all the way across the Lady Bird Lake bridge. Continue north on Lavaca Street. Turn LEFT (west) on West 6th Street (which is one way, going west). Go eight blocks west on 6th Street. Turn SOUTH onto Lamar. Get into the far right lane of southbound Lamar as quickly as is safely possible. Take the first RIGHT after you go under the railroad tracks. A sign just before the turn says “Town Lake Animal Shelter,” with an arrow that points to the RIGHT. Bear right and drive past the softball field. The YMCA is on your right (north), and Bechtol Harper baseball field is on your left. Parking is where you find it along the drive. There are a few marked parking slots. This is a very small field (320 feet to the center field fence), but it has a few lights (not many!). 1100 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas._______________________________________________________________Blossom Activity CenterBexar County. Virgil T. Blossom Activity Center. San Antonio, Texas, just north of the SAT Airport. From Akins, Take I-35 south to San Antonio. Shortly after you pass Loop 1604, take Exit 169 (O’Connor Road). Turn RIGHT on O’Connor Road, which quickly becomes Wurzbach Parkway. Stay on Wurzbach Parkway for approximately 6.7 miles, past Perrin-Beitel Rd, past Nacodoches Rd, past Wetmore Rd. The name of the road changes from O’Connor to Wurzbach and then to Starcrest Drive; stay on it. Turn left to enter the activity complex from Starcrest Drive, or you may turn left on Jones Maltsberger Road, and use the main entrance. The baseball field is immediately south of the football stadium. Parking near the stadium. Official address: 12002 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX_______________________________________________________________Downs FieldAustin, Travis County. Located in an Austin city park, this is the home field of the Rams of Huston-Tillotson University. Satchel Paige and Willie Mays once played here. From Akins, Take I-35 north to 12th Street. Go east on 12th. Downs Field is located just past the railroad tracks on the banks of Boggy Creek, which sometimes floods. 2812 E. 12th Street, Austin, Texas. Restrooms._______________________________________________________________Leander / Cedar Park Youth ComplexCedar Park, Williamson County. Take I-35 or Mopac (Loop 1) north to US Hwy 183. Go north on US 183 past FM 620. Turn left from US 183 onto Cypress Creek Road, which is the second traffic light after Lakeline Blvd (which is NOT the same as Lakeline Mall Drive). Leander / Cedar Park Youth League complex is on the west side of Cypress Creek Rd. There are two entrances - you’ll want the northernmost - immediately adjacent to Faubion Elementary School. Look for a field called the “Rosenblatt Stadium.” It’s hardly a stadium, but it has bleachers with overhead net screens. Address of LCPYL complex: 1225 Cypress Creek Rd._______________________________________________________________Manchaca OptimistSouth Travis County. 2145 FM 1626, Manchaca, Texas. From Akins High School, drive south on South First Street to FM 1626. Drive generally west on FM 1626 for approximately 3.3 miles. Just past Bliss Spillar Road, you’ll see the entrance to the Manchaca Optimist ball fields on the left. Turn in and park._______________________________________________________________Montopolis SportsplexEast Austin, Travis County. 800 Grove Blvd. Take I-35 north to Riverside Drive. Go east on E. Riverside Drive past Pleasant Valley Rd. Turn north on Grove Blvd and drive along the edge of the Riverside Golf Course to the end of Grove Blvd, where you’ll find the baseball field._______________________________________________________________New Braunfels Little LeagueComal County. From Akins, drive south on I-35 for approximately 43 miles to New Braunfels. Exit 184 (Rueckle Rd). Go RIGHT on Loop 337. Drive north on Loop 337 approximately 1 mile, and look for the entrance for the Little League ballpark complex on your right. Turn into the complex of seven fields and find plenty of parking. The largest baseball field is located at the north end of the complex. This is a hitter’s field. Although it has a tall fence, the center field fence is about 340 feet from home plate. Power alleys are at 335 feet, without the tall fencing._______________________________________________________________Northwest Field (Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park)Austin, Travis County. 6700 Shoal Creek Blvd. Take Mopac (Loop 1) north. Exit at Northland Drive and turn right (east) on RM 2222. After 0.3 miles, turn left (north) on Shoal Creek Boulevard. Go north on Shoal Creek Blvd. for about 0.8 miles. Turn right on North Park Drive, which will take you to a small parking lot adjacent to the baseball field. PARKING IS VERY LIMITED. There’s more parking at the other end of Northwest District Park, near the swimming pool, but you’ll have to take a moderate hike to the baseball field. The entrance to the “other end” of Northwest District Park is located at 7000 Ardath Street. _______________________________________________________________Oates Field (Garrison Park)Austin, Travis County. From Akins, go north on South First Street, west on Slaughter Lane, north on Manchaca Road past William Cannon Blvd. Garrison District Park is on your right, just south of Crockett High School.. Enter the park and bear right, going along the south perimeter of the park before heading back north. Jesse Oates Baseball Field is on on your right, a part of the City’s Ric and Carmen Casteneda Sports Complex in Garrison Park. Park in the lot, if you can find a spot. If the lot is full, continue through it and park somewhere alongside the park road. Small covered bleachers, separated for home fans and visiting fans. Concession stand is sometimes open. Restrooms are located in a small building on the west side of the narrow parking lot. FIELD. Charmingly tiny natural grass field. CF fence is 328 feet from the plate, LF: 300 feet, RF: 300 feet. Minimally maintained by City labor, volunteer labor, and the assigned labor of misdemeanants from the Travis County jail. The overhead sports lighting was formerly abysmal, but after an upgrade a few years ago, it’s merely inadequate. 6001 Manchaca Road, Eustin, Texas._______________________________________________________________SAISD Sports ComplexSan Antonio. Bexar County. Take I-35 South approximately 73 miles to San Antonio. South of downtown San Antonio, stay on I-35 past the I-10/US 90 interchange, but take Theo Avenue exit (EXIT 152B), the first exit from I-35 after the highway interchange. Turn LEFT (east) at the Theo Ave. traffic light and go under the Interstate Highway on Theo. From Theo Ave., turn LEFT (north) onto Edwards Street. Drive NORTH for a couple of blocks to the entrance of the San Antonio Independent School District Sports Complex, which is adjacent to Burbank High School. Three baseball fields. NOTE: Field #1 is next to the parking lot. Field #2 is behind the football/soccer stadium. Park in the Field #1 parking lot and walk to Field #2.Field #3 is 1/3 mile north of Field #1. Access Field #3 by getting on Edwards Street (which goes north/south in front of the main complex) and driving NORTH 1/4 mile to Burbank High School. Park in the lot NORTH of Burbank High School and walk northeast a short distance to Field #3. _______________________________________________________________San Gabriel ParkGeorgetown (Williamson County). From Akins, take I-35 north to Georgetown. Take EXIT 261A (RM 2338 / Williams Drive), and stay on the access road. Turn right (east) on Williams Drive. After 100 yards or so, turn left (northeast) onto Austin Avenue (Business I-35). Stay on Austin Avenue for a very short block, then turn right onto Stadium Drive. Drive past B.E. Birkelbach Stadium (on your left). Turn left immediately past the stadium onto Morrow Drive. Go past the rodeo arena and show barn. The baseball field is on your left at the far end (northeast corner) of the park. Parking at the community center / pool. 521 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown, Texas._______________________________________________________________Southwestern University (Rockwell Field)Georgetown (Williamson County). From Akins, take I-35 north to Georgetown. Take EXIT 261 (Texas Hwy 29 / University Avenue). Turn right (east) on Highway 29 and go approximately 2 miles. Past the main portion of the Southwestern University campus, turn left at Southwestern Boulevard. Rockwell Field is on your right. Parking along the street, but there may be special parking for tournaments.
Town Lake - Festival BeachOn the north shore of Town Lake just west of Longhorn Dam. Take I-35 north and exit at Holly Street. Cross the Colorado River (Town Lake) on the I-35 access road. Turn right (ESE) on Holly Street. Continue on Holly Street across Waller St., Navasota St., Comal St., Chalmers St., Chicon St., Lynn St., and Anthony St. Turn right (SSW) on Robert T. Martinez Jr. Street. Go three short blocks to the baseball field._______________________________________________________________
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