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:
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
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.