Akins Eagles 2018
HIGH SCHOOL FIELDS
Akins High School
Travis County. I-35 to exit 225. West 1 mile on FM 1626 to South First Street. North on 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. Park in main lot at the front of the main building. Visitors are typically in the 3rd base dugout. Concession stand, portable toilet. Batting cages, but no dressing facilities. Like all fields on Austin ISD campuses, Akins Field has no overhead sports lighting.
Anderson High School
Travis 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 School
Travis 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.
Bastrop High School
Bastrop 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 School
Bell 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 School
Travis 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. Park in the west parking lot; the baseball field is west of the school near the south end of the school property.
Burger Baseball Field (AISD)
Sunset Valley, Travis County. From Akins take FM 1626 west to Manchaca Road (FM 2304). Go NNE on Manchaca Road past Slaughter Lane, 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 recently 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 of $3 is charged for most events. Students with IDs receive a discount. Restroom facilities are adequate and are typically open during games. However, the concessions stand is open only sporadically, and may be closed during the game you attend. The new operator has limited the menu, choosing not to offer many of the standard items if, in his judgment, a game may not last the full number of innings.
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 School
Comal 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 School
Bastrop 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 School
School 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.
Clemens High School
Guadalupe 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 School
Travis 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 School
Coryell 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 School
Austin, 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.
Del Valle High School
Travis 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.
Dripping Springs High School
Hays 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 Sportsplex Drive. Turn right (north) and follow it until it dead ends into Mighty Tiger Trail. You should see the High School and the baseball field. The field is an artificial playing surface.
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.
Floresville High School
Wilson 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 School
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). 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.
Harker Heights High School
Bell 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 School
Hays 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. Take the first school entrance into the parking lot. The baseball field is at the far end of the parking lot. Concessions stand, restroom facility.
Hendrickson High School
Travis 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.
Hutto High School
Williamson County. Hutto ISD. From Akins, take I-35 north. Exit 253 at US 79, go east approximately 7.8 miles on US 79 (PalmValley 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 a water tower 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 east 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.
Hyde Park Baptist School
Travis 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.
Killeen High School
Bell 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 School
Travis 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 School
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
LBJ High School
Travis 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 School
Williamson 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 School
Hays 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 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 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.
Lockhart High School
Caldwell 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 School
Travis 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 School
Burnet 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.
McCallum High School
Austin, 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 School
Austin, 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, 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 204, 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) and the miniature golf course (on your right), turn RIGHT (west) into the Navarro High School campus. 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.
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 visible south of the football stadium, but the baseball entrance is on the east side. You can no longer drive around the south end of the baseball field; AISD buses and equipment have blocked that access permanently. Go all the way around the north side of the football field and park on the east side. Concessions and restroom facilities. 7400 Berkman Drive.
New Braunfels High School
Comal 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
Pflugerville High School
Travis 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 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.
Regents School of Austin
Travis 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 School
Round 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
San Marcos Academy
Hays 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 School
NEW 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 School
Guadalupe 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 204) and go under I-35 south (left) on Highway 123. 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.” Exit right 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 cross 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: take the Hwy 123 Bypass at the split north of town. Go south, around most of the congestion in downtown Seguin. Cross the Guadalupe River, and then turn RIGHT (west) on Tor Drive (county Road 400) at the traffic light. Travel WEST on Tor Rd. for 1 mile, then turn RIGHT (north) on Highway 123, which will take you back across the river and directly to the Fairgrounds. Turn LEFT for Fairgrounds entrance and parking.
Smokey Joe Williams Field, 950 S Austin St, Seguin, TX 78155.
Shoemaker High School
Bell 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 School
Comal 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. Exit Loop 337 as you approach New Braunfels High School (which is on your left). Turn RIGHT (northwest) onto Highway 46. Stay on Highway 46 for approximately 14 miles. Turn LEFT (southwest) onto Smithson Valley Road, 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.
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 School
Guadalupe 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 School
Williamson 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 School
Williamson 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 School
Austin, 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 School
Austin, Travis County. There are multiple routes from Akins. Here’s one: take Mopac (Loop 1) north to Loop 360 (Capitol of Texas Highway). Exit at Ranch-to-Market Road 2222 and go northwest (toward Lake Travis). RM 2222 is a winding stretch of road with blind curves and blind entrances. Drive carefully. After traveling west for approximately 3.5 miles on RM 2222, turn RIGHT (north) on McNeil Drive. [NOTE that this segment of McNeil Drive does NOT connect directly to the more familiar segment of McNeil Drive that intersects US 183 just 5 miles away.]
Turn LEFT (north) from McNeil Drive, just before you reach the Vandegrift football stadium. The driveway will take you to a lot with ample parking, just beyond the right field corner of the baseball field. There is a parking lot closer to home plate, but it is smaller and fills up quickly. The baseball yard is at the far north-central portion of the campus. It is well maintained and oriented to the northeast. A moderate-size field, it is measurably smaller than places like Burger, but slightly larger than Akins Field. 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 a concession stand and restrooms. Leander ISD. 9500 McNeil Drive, Austin, Texas 78750.
Wagner High School
Bexar 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 School
Travis 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 School
Williamson 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.
Town & Country Optimist
In Williamson County. Take I-35 north to Parmer Lane. Northwest on Parmer Lane past McNeil Drive to Amberglen Blvd. (formerly State Farm Way) - just short of FM 620. (If you hit FM 620, you’ve gone too far.) Left (WSW) on Amberglen to Briarwick Lane (formerly Merna Lane). Left on Briarwick Lane to fields.
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