[Update: ND beat Hillcest before district play, so the win streak is actually 10]
The North Dallas baseball bats continue to be on fire.
The Bulldogs scored in each of its first three innings Saturday en route to a 10-0 victory over R.L. Turner in a nondistrict game at Reverchon Park.
North Dallas extended its winning streak to 10 games, including a 8-0 record in District 12-5A. The Bulldogs play Molina at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reverchon Park. The JV game is at 4:30 p.m.
North Dallas took control in the first inning against Turner as the first four batters reached base, for a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs went to work again in the second inning, scoring five runs, and then added two more runs in the third inning to build an 8-0 lead.
“It was awesome. We were clicking on all cylinders,” said Marco Garcia, who led off the game with a bad-hop single that went over the third baseman’s head. “We were good on defense. Everything was good today.”
Xavien Shay and Adan Galvan scored in the sixth inning, and after Adan scored, the umpire called game because of the 10-run rule.
“First, positive attitude, and we came out swinging,” catcher Carlos Lopez said about the win. “It was pretty good.”
On the Bulldogs’ hot bats, Carlos said, “It’s expected. We’ve been practicing it and everything is the same: defense, offense and everything. We just go 50-50 and we have a good result of it.”
North Dallas used four pitchers in the win, with Mauro Rincon going the first three innings, followed by Garcia, JoJo Mendoza and Deion Medellin each going one inning.
North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda said he didn’t use his top pitchers, Carlos and Xavien, but instead went with four pitchers who could help the team later in the playoffs.
“For us, it was to get other pitchers an opportunity to throw,” De La Cerda said. “We have goals and part of that is making the playoffs. We might run into a situation where we’re going to need more than our normal two guys, so we have to prepare them for the playoffs.
“It’s amazing what happens when you throw strikes. You get ground balls, pop flies.”
On the Bulldogs’ offensive display, De La Cerda said, “Offensively, good things happen when you put the ball in play. When you put the ball on the ground, we’re going to score runs. I was just glad that they were clicking. Hopefully, they’ll carry that rhythm and momentum against Molina.”