August 1, 2008
San Antonio – St. Mary’s University baseball coach Charlie Migl announced on Friday the signing of two student-athletes to national letters of intent to play for the Rattlers, starting with the 2008-09 academic year. Francisco Tejeda and Ryan Grant will join St. Mary’s next season.
Grant (Fr., 6’3″, OF, San Antonio) comes to St. Mary’s after four strong years playing for former Rattler Steve Driffel at William Howard Taft High School. He was a two-time first team all-district in the outfield and was a second team all-district honoree at pitcher. Grant helped lead the Raiders to a state playoff appearance in 2005. He also played on the football team, earning all-district honors at quarterback and helped lead the Raiders to a playoff appearance as a senior. Off the field he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Honor Roll.
Tejeda (Fr., 6’1″, 1B, Converse) earned numerous awards playing for coach Bruce Webb at Judson High School. He was a three-time all-district honoree for the Rockets, including two first team selections. As a senior he earned first team all-district, first team all-city, and first team all-state honors at first base. He also set school records for hits (51), RBI (51) and batting average (.543) in a season as a senior. He was selected to the Team Texas squad that played in the Sun Belt Classic. He helped lead Judson to the 2007 bi-district finals.
The signees give the Rattlers ten this offseason. The Rattlers finished the 2008 regular season with a 39-17 overall record and a 35-14 mark in Heartland Conference play, good for second place in the league standings. The Rattlers finished the season by winning eight of their last nine games.