Xavien Shay, the District 12-4A MVP, “helped this team in so many ways and was extremely productive,” says North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda.
Carlos Lopez, the district’s Defensive MVP, was the best catcher I’ve ever coached,” says Coach Steven De La Cerda.
Adan Galvan, the Offensive MVP, “was our best pure hitter this season,” says Coach Steven De La Cerda.
North Dallas, the District 12-4A champions, swept the top honors in the All-District 12-4A baseball team.
Junior outfielder Xavien Shay led the way as the District MVP. Catcher Carlos Lopez was the district’s Defensive MVP and shortstop Adan Galvan was the district’s Offensive MVP.
Earning first team honors were pitcher Marco Garcia, third baseman Mauro Rincon, second baseman Joseph Mendoza, outfielder Noel Lopez, and outfielder Luis Garcia. First baseman Deion Medellin earned second team All District honors. James Camacho earned Honorable Mention All District.
North Dallas baseball Coach Steven De La Cerda was named Coach of the year. His Bulldogs went undefeated in District 12-4A with a 12-0 record and 23-7 overall. They advanced to the bidistrict round of the UIL playoffs.
Talking about his top players, Xavien, Carlos and Adan, Coach De La Cerda said:
“Xavien is a special talent. At any point in the season, he can turn it on. He had a rough start to the season so I had to reiterate to him the mindset and approach he should have going forward. He took that to heart and never looked back. He showed that he has the ability to do amazing things on the ball field and is the reason why he earned district MVP. He helped this team in so many ways and was extremely productive. He earned every bit of that award. I’m proud of him.
“Carlos winning defensive MVP is an award he could’ve won all four years. He’s the best catcher I’ve ever coached. He has a strong baseball IQ and he’s a gamer. I’m proud of how hard he worked this year not only as a catcher and hitter, but as a leader. Nothing fazes Carlos and he understands what the team needs from him and what I expect from him. I’ll always remember him as a kid who loves playing ball with such strong passion and talent.
“Adan winning offensive MVP was something special to me. He works his tail off every single day and tries to get better. He’s another young man who absolutely loves baseball and will find a way to grow as a player. He was our best pure hitter this season and likely kept us in many ball games. Being a leadoff batter is not easy, but he found a way to be productive for the team. I’m extremely proud that he won this award because he simply deserved it. Our baseball program will miss his commitment and leadership. He’s a great ball player.”
North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda says the award doesn’t belong to him. Instead, “It belongs to the young men who believe in me and what we are trying to accomplish at North Dallas. It’s their award.”
De La Cerda attributed his Coach of the Year award to his players.
“As far as winning coach of the year, that award goes to every single player that helped shape our culture and success this year,” De La Cerda said. “It’s easy to be a coach when you have a collective group of boys who will run through a wall for you. It’s even easier when they love baseball as much as I do. Coach [Elijah] Perez also played a huge part in this award, as he works his tail off and keeps our program running as well. He’s a great coach.
“So while this award may have my name on it, it doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the young men who believe in me and what we are trying to accomplish at North Dallas. It’s their award.”
The North Dallas Bulldogs dominated the All-District 12-4A team. The players include (front row, from left) Mauro Rincon, Adan Galvan, Joseph Mendoza, Noel Lopez, and Xavien Shay; (back row) Assistant Coach Elijah Perez, Luis Garcia, Modesto Ottenwarden, James Camacho, Marco Garcia, Deion Medellin, Carlos Lopez and Head Coach Steven De La Cerda.
The North Dallas players recognized on the All-District 12-4A team included:
District MVP — Xavien Shay
District Defensive MVP — Carlos Lopez
District Offensive MVP — Adan Galvan
First Team All District Pitcher — Marco Garcia
First Team All District Infielder — Mauro Rincon
First Team All-District Infielder — Joseph Mendoza
First Team All-District Outfielder — Noel Lopez
First Team All-District Outfielder — Luis Garcia
Second Team All District Infielder — Deion Medellin
Honorable Mention All District — James Camacho
Coach of the Year — Coach Steven De La Cerda