THE 2019 TEAM
In 2016, North Dallas baseball coach Steven De La Cerda went with five freshmen players on the varsity team. This group started nearly every game in the past four years, and helped the Bulldogs win two district titles — District 12-5A and District 12-4A — and earn playoff berths along the way.
The five, who recently graduated in May, included Noel Lopez, Mauro Rincon, Adan Galvan, James Camacho, and Carlos Lopez.
“We are senior heavy. This is a group that has been with me for four years and have starting since they were freshmen,” De La Cerda said before the season in February. “Pretty much all of our all-district selections from last year are returning. They are all coming back. They’re hungry and we’re pretty excited.”
He continued, “It’s kind of a sad thing because these kids have been with me. They’ve seen failure and they’ve seen success. And we’ve been through it together. And so the fact that some of them are going to leave me, especially these seniors, of course, it kills me because these are kids are like my sons. That’s the way life is but I’m going to enjoy every minute with them.”
The Bulldogs went 24-7 this season and were District 12-4A champions.
North Dallas advanced to the bidistrict round of the 2019 playoffs. Team members included (front, from left) Noel Lopez, Xavien Shay, Mauro Rincon, Daniel Galindez, JoJo Mendoza, Adan Galvan, and Luis Garcia; (back, from left) Head Coach Steven De La Cerda, Denise Sanchez, Carlos Lopez, Deion Medellin, Marco Garcia, James Camacho, Julian Canales, Anthony Martinez, Bryan Martinez, Modesto Ottenwarden, Samanta Lopez and assistant coach Elijah Perez.
Seniors Adan Galvan (1) and Noel Lopez (2), and junior JoJo Mendoza (17) receive congratulations after scoring in playoff game against Melissa.
Seniors Mauro Rincon and Carlos Lopez leave the field.
District Defensive MVP: Carlos Lopez
District Offensive MVP: Adan Galvan
First Team: Pitcher Marco Garcia, infielder Mauro Rincon, infielder Joseph Mendoza, outfielder Noel Lopez, outfielder Luis Garcia
Second Team: Infielder Deion Medellin
Honorable Mention: James Camacho
Coach of the Year: Coach Steven De La Cerda
The Bulldogs celebrate their district championship. (Credit: North Dallas High School Facebook page)
The North Dallas Bulldogs went 24-7 this season.
THE 2018 BULLDOGS
The 2018 Bulldogs playoff team included: (front row) Adan Galvan (1), Noel Lopez (2), Marco Garcia (3), Xavien Shay (4), Luis Garcia (5), Christian Zuniga (6), Carlos Lopez (8); (back row) James Camacho (9), Deion Medellin (10), Roberto Ramirez (11), Stephen Do (12), Julian Canales (13), Jose Garcia (14), Mauro Rincon (16), JoJo Mendoza (17) and Garion Doyle (20).
The North Dallas players try to get a piece of the District 12-5A trophy in 2018.
The North Dallas baseball team is the District 12-5A champions.
The North Dallas players on the All-District 12-5A team included:
District MVP: Carlos Lopez
Pitcher of the Year: Xavien Shay
Utility Player of the Year: Marco Garcia
First Team All-District Infielder: Adan Galvan
Second Team All-District: Infielder Mauro Rincon, infielder Joseph Mendoza; infielder Deion Medellin and Garion Doyle
Honorable Mention: Christian Zuniga and Noel Lopez
Coach Of the Year: Steven De La Cerda
The Bulldogs went 17-7 overall and were District 12-5A champions in 2018
Juniors Mauro Rincon and Carlos Lopez in the dugout.
The Bulldogs in 2018 included Luis Garcia, Julian Canales, Christian Zuniga, Adan Galvan, Marco Garcia, Roberto Ramirez and Xavien Shay.
THE 2017 BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs 2017 varsity included (front) Marco Garcia, James Camacho, Noel Lopez, Joe Garibay, Mauro Rincon and Deion Medellin; (back) Head Coach Steven De La Cerda, Garion Doyle, Rudy Ramos, Matthew Morales, Xavien Shay, Adolfo Gordillo, Andrew Garcia, Carlos Lopez and assistant coach Cortez Cole.
Sophomore Adan Galvan gets ready to bat.
Senior Matt Morales talks with freshman Marco Garcia
All-District 12-5A honors
Senior pitcher Matt Morales, sophomore catcher Carlos Lopez, sophomore infielder Mauro Rincon and freshman outfielder Christopher Shay were named to the first team.
Sophomores outfielder Noel Lopez and infielder Adan Galvan were named second team all-district. Freshman Deion Medellin was named honorable mention.
Freshman Marco Garcia was named Newcomer of the Year.
The Bulldogs finished 10-14 overall, and in sixth place in District 12-5A.
Sophomore Noel Lopez is at the plate in March 2017
Carlos Lopez pitches off the mound.
Sophomore Mauro Rincon played third base but also played catcher when Carlos was pitching.
Sophomore James Camacho prepares to hit.
THE 2016 BULLDOGS
North Dallas’ baseball team had several young — five freshmen and one sophomore — players making contributions to the 2016 varsity team. The list of young Bulldogs included:
Noel Lopez, freshman — center fielder
Mauro Rincon, freshman — third base/pitcher
Adan Galvan, freshman — infield/pitcher
James Camacho, freshman — second base
Carlos Lopez, freshman — catcher/pitcher
Christian Zuniga, sophomore — left fielder
Freshman centerfielder Noel Lopez backed away from a pitch.
Freshman Adan Galvan played the infield and pitched on the varsity team.
The All-District 12-5A team included:
First Team: Shortstop Rudy Ramos and Designated Hitter Garion Doyle
Second Team: Pitcher Matthew Morales; Catcher Carlos Lopez; Utility Adan Galvan; Outfielder Noel Lopez
Honorable Mention: Cristian Zuniga, Christian Ascencio and Mauro Rincon
Freshman Carlos Lopez played catcher and also pitched for the Bulldogs.
Freshman Mauro Rincon looked for hitting instructions from the coaches.