Longtime Devine Warhorse baseball coach George Villa will lead Team Liberty in the High School Seniors Celebration game July 2 at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio with first-pitch scheduled for 4:00pm. Villa has coached in Devine for 17 years, the past 14 as the head coach.
“I was selected by the SAABCA board to coach the game,” Villa stated. “I will be the head coach for Team Liberty, which is a sub 6A/Private school team. We will try to have one practice so that we can get somewhat of an evaluation of the players that have been selected to play. It will be tough to figure out a lineup and pitching rotation. We will more than likely have to go on their stats and have to contact their high school head baseball coaches to get some more insight on each player.”
The San Antonio Association of Baseball Coaches board knew what they were doing in selecting Villa as his Warhorse résumé is quite impressive. In the past 14 seasons, he has accumulated a 198-164-2 career record, including 10 playoff appearances, 6 district championships, 6 bi-district championships, 3 area championships, and 1 regional quarterfinal championship.
“I am both excited and honored to be selected to coach this team,” Villa continued. “This is something great that the San Antonio Missions and SAABCA are putting together for these seniors to have one last chance to shine as a high school player.”
Joining Villa as coaching assistants on the bench are Medina Valley’s Bob Herb and Hondo’s Amaro Villereal.
Villa and his wife Chrissy have been married 14 years and have two children, Tres (9) and Nicolas (7).
Villa will not be the only Warhorse dawning the Team Liberty jersey. Standout senior Dalton Kramer will be on the field that day as well. Dalton had an outstanding career with Devine posting the following career statistics: BA .428, OBP .508, SLG .730, OPS 1.238, Runs 45, RBI 35, 2B 20, 3B 8, HR1, SB 19, FP% .918.
Very nice stat-line indeed and all that despite missing his entire sophomore season due to shoulder surgery. Many of those numbers would have been much, much higher for the 4-year letterman.
Villa had this to say after learning of Dalton’s selection. “I feel truly blessed to have been able to coach this kid. I’ve known he’d be playing beyond high school since he was 7 years old!! I think he was around that age when he first came to our summer baseball camp. Baseball has always been a passion for Dalton and it showed every time he stepped on the field. He was on pace to have a tremendous senior year but unfortunately, our season came to an abrupt end.”
Post-high school Dalton’s current plan involves playing baseball for Hill College in Hillsboro, which is located just north of Waco.
Dalton is the son of Jimmer Kramer and Brandi Carr.
By Jerel Beaty