By Adam Wechsler | Sports Editor
The varsity baseball team began district play for the spring season on March 4 against Richardson and ended non-district play on March 8. The team will compete in district play until April 25 against other District 9-5A teams.
Despite beginning non-district play with an 0-3 record, the team quickly bounced back to finish with a record of 8-4-1, with losses against Boyd, Little Elm, Prosper, and Coppell, and a tie against Mesquite Horn.
In the games heading into district play, the team performed well, outscoring North Dallas 6-1 and Woodrow Wilson 11-4, and shutting out Bishop Dunne 10-0.
“Non-district play is a learning experience for the whole team,” junior Reese Svetgoff said. “This is where we realized we could play with any team.”
“We definitely could have played better in our non-district play, but we still played well and won games,” junior Malik Jones said.
So far in district games, the varsity team has played Richardson, W.T. White, Skyline, Berkner and Jesuit. After playing these district games, the team has a record of 3-2.
The team beat Richardson 11-1 in the first game at home. The game was a highlight of the season so far, according to Reese, due to the ease of the victory.
“Our game against Richardson was definitely our best game so far,” Reese said. “We won that game 11-1, so it was an easy win.”
The team then traveled to W.T. White and lost 7-5. The loss wasn’t all for nothing though, because some players believe they still played a strong game.
“We lost, but it was definitely a game we could have won,” Malik said.
Reese agreed with Malik about the team’s performance in the game.
“Against W.T. White, we played our best game because we had the most energy and focus,” Reese said.
“Our district play has been really good so far,” Malik said. “The goal is to be district champs. We’re confident that we will make it to the playoffs, but we don’t want to barely make it in, we want to be in first place.”
Junior Austin King also plays for the varsity team. Along with Malik, he believes the team will do well for the rest of the current season.
“I feel we are playing really well right now,” Austin said. “For the rest of the year, I have high expectations for us.”
The whole team has contributed a lot to the success thus far. Pitching has been a strength for the team in the early games.
“It is a team sport, so everyone contributes to the wins, but our pitchers have been doing their job and getting done what needs to be done,” Malik said.
In the future, continued contribution from the whole team will be key.
“Every player contributes to our team success,” Reese said. “It will take every member of the team to beat the tough teams that we will face.”
The team played a game against Skyline at home on March 18 and won 4-3. They most recently played against Berkner on March 21 and won 1-0, and at Jesuit March 25 and lost 13-3.