The North Dallas baseball team begins scrimmages this week — Are the Bulldogs ready? Are they motivated?
“Everybody is motivated right now. Everybody is ready for the season,” said North Dallas third baseman Mauro Rincon. “They’re anxious to get started, they’re anxious to play the first game. And they’re going to stay motivated.”
The Bulldogs open the season with scrimmages at Cedar Hill (Tuesday), R.L. Turner (Friday), Carrollton Ranchview (Feb. 13) and North Garland (Feb. 16). The regular season opener is Monday, Feb. 19, at Carrollton Creekview.
“I have high expectations for this season,” said Rincon, one of the team captains. “We have a really good team, a team that has built up more chemistry throughout the three years.”
Another returning leader is first team all-district catcher Carlos Lopez. He is expected to be the Bulldogs’ No. 2 starting pitcher.
“One of the expectations is to just have fun and make it to the playoffs. I think we have a good team this year,” Lopez said. “I think we can make it to the playoffs.
“[We’re] more like a brotherhood. Out of these three years, we’ve built chemistry. So we know each other. We know what we can do on the team.”
Said Rincon, “We’ve looking at the big picture so we’re ready when we get to the season.”
Head Coach Steven De La Cerda said the players know what’s at stake this season. Most of this group started playing together on the varsity team as freshmen.
“From the very last pitch of the last game, we talked about what our goals were and how we were going to approach this season,” De La Cerda said after a recent practice. “They’ve worked hard through the summer, the offseason and now we’re days away from the start of the season. The baseball part will take care of itself.
“We’ve trying to get them mentally prepared for the long season that’s about to come. Missing the playoffs last year by two games, losing some tough ones, they now can taste the playoffs because they realize how good they can be. We only have two seniors on varsity, and we’ll still be relatively young, but as far as baseball, they’ve been preparing. So there’s no excuses for not having some success.”