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Boys Varsity Baseball · North Dallas student profile: Xavien Shay, baseball pitcher, outfielder


North Dallas pitcher-outfielder Xavien Shay takes a swing against Woodrow Wilson.

One of the outstanding student-athletes on the North Dallas High School baseball team is pitcher and outfielder Xavien Shay.

Xavien, a sophomore, is one of the Bulldogs’ top hitters and pitchers this season.  He’s not sure about his hitting stats, but says he’s 4-0 on the mound.

He wears No. 4 to honor his father, who wore the same number when he played at Molina.

Xavien and the Bulldogs are 7-0 in District 12-5A play after defeating Bryan Adams 10-4 on Saturday.

North Dallas is scheduled to play the Sunset Bisons at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mercy Street field in West Dallas. The junior varsity game is at 6 p.m.

Xavien took a few minutes to answer some questions about himself:

 

Xavien Shay stands next to the monkey, which rests on the rail in the dugout.

Xavien Shay

Age: 15

Grade: Sophomore

College you are considering: Vanderbilt or TCU

Middle school attended: Greiner Middle School

School activities: baseball

My hobbies are: trying my best to get better at baseball

My favorite classes are: reading and geometry

My favorite musical artist is: Lil Peep

My favorite professional team is: Dallas Cowboys

My favorite pro athlete is: Jose Altuve of Houston Astros

The best advice I ever received was: “Play the ball where the monkey drops it.” — Coach D

The person that inspires me is: my dad

How many years have you been playing baseball?
Since I was 4

Xavien Shay talks to assistant coach Cortez Cole after reaching base in an earlier game against St. Mark’s.

What were your expectations for the ND baseball team this season?
Make it to playoffs

How is your season going so far?
My season is going really good. I’m doing way better than I did at this time last year.

What was your best game so far or the team’s best game? and why?
I think our best game has been Royse City (a 4-3 North Dallas victory) because everyone was making contact and our pitchers were getting us pop flys and ground balls and everyone was communicating.

How do you like the baseball team’s chances of making the playoffs?
I like that we get the chance to get back on the map and show everyone that all the hard work we put in is paying off.

How do you keep your teammates motivated?
Continuing to communicate with them and telling them good job and also going out and making plays and hitting the ball.

What wins games — pitching or hitting?
Hitting. To score runs, you have to hit the ball. That’s what’s basically keeping us alive — our hitting. Our pitching and our defense is keeping us up too.

What do you do to become a better pitcher?
Bands and go out with a positive attitude.

What do you do to become a better hitter?
Stay calm and try not to do to much, and put the ball in play.