Logan Moreno (5) moves down the line at third base against Greenhill at Higgins Field.
Logan Moreno then comes in to score for the Bulldogs.
This story has been updated.
After consecutive district championships, North Dallas’ baseball team last season was just starting to adjust and improve with new players in the lineup. The Bulldogs had their sights set on another district title. But then the coronavirus hit the country, and all the sports teams were shut down.
Now fast forward to this season, and the Bulldogs are even younger than last season. North Dallas usually opens the season with four scrimmages, but this season, the Bulldogs only played one scrimmage because of the winter weather.
The Bulldogs fell to Greenhill 16-7 on Tuesday at Higgins Field in the season opener. North Dallas is scheduled to play Carrollton Ranchview at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ranchview and then play at R.L. Turner at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“We do have a very young team,” North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda said. “This young squad lost all of last season and this season hasn’t been much easier with COVID and cancellations/weather. So we are still a team trying to find our identity and learning the game. We do have talented boys and I am certain we will get things rolling soon. It will take time, but I trust what we are continuing to build.”
With the coronavirus not going away anytime soon, the Bulldogs are taking the necessary precautions at practice and the games.
“This has been a tough year for parents, students, athletes, and teachers/staff, but I hope that we are able to see the positives out of this season and find joy in baseball,” Coach De La Cerda said. “I am excited for our program and the chance to go play the game they love. Due to this pandemic, it may not always be pretty or consistent, but trust that this program will roll with the punches and work their butts off to compete and respect the game. We hope to see you at our games!”
Last season, the Bulldogs were preparing for a tournament and then district play when all the high school sports programs were shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coach De La Cerda was disappointed with the loss of the season.
“We were disappointed in the loss of last season. Mostly because it was not a way we wanted our seniors to end their high school career,” De La Cerda said. “We also felt that we were finally clicking as a team and growing together. It’s unfortunate, but we are better because of it. We have no come understand and learn that at any point in time, this beautiful game can be taken from you.”
Coach De La Cerda said he doesn’t expect last season to affect this year’s team.
“No. Every year we try to create our own identity within our standards and expectations,” he said. “Whether we’ve had success or failure in the past, has no bearing whatsoever how we approach this season. We stress being process oriented and not just goal oriented.”
Osvaldo Cabrera scores for the Bulldogs and is greeted by teammate Joseph Mendoza.
Senior Joseph Mendoza starts for the Bulldogs against Greenhill.
Julian Davila comes in in relief for the Bulldogs.
Esteban Toscano is the Bulldogs’ third pitcher against Greenhill.
Joseph Mendoza makes the catch at shortstop.
Coach Steven De La Cerda and assistant coach Elijah Perez watch from the dugout.
Cesar Ramos (12) talks with Bulldogs assistant coach Elijah Perez.
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