Bulldogs take the diamond

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Baseball

The North Zulch Bulldogs baseball season began last weekend with two games at a tournament hosted by Snook.

The Bulldogs’ weekend was a tale of two games with an 8-1 loss to Brazos Christian and an 8-1 victory over Brian College Station Homeschool.

Their first game was Friday night against Brazos Christian where Cole weaver scored the only Bulldog run in the fourth inning.

Michael Harris was the player of the game. He pitched 3 scoreless innings, and tossed 7 strike outs in his first trip to the mound this year. He allowed just one hit in the process.The trouble for the Bulldogs came from the two relief pitchers who combined for 8 runs in the final three innings of play.

The Bulldogs’ next game was Saturday against Brian College Station Homeschool, and the North Zulch Boys won with solid pitching and hitting.

J.P. O’Neal pitched four scoreless innings with 12 strike-outs, and allowed one hit. O’Neal was dangerous behind the plate as well. He scored three runs himself and drove two more home.

Cole Weaver had an effective night as well with two runs on as many at-bats. He had one hit on the night, and was hit by a pitch with his other at bat. Weaver also pitched 2 innings and allowed just one run.

The Bulldogs next home game is scheduled for March 13 against the Centerville Tigers.

Softball

The Lady Bulldogs had a busy week with a district game against their highway 39 rival, Iola, and the Franklin tournament.

Last Tuesday, North Zulch went on the road to Iola for a game was originally scheduled to be played at home, but their field was too wet from all the recent rain. North Zulch walked away with the 24-12 victory. The Bulldog bats were connecting from the start with 3 runs in the first, 9 in the second and 7 in the third.

Interim head coach Kali Bohannon was excited for the win, saying, “Against Iola, our girls were able to hit their pitchers pretty well. Once Iola started to put the bat on the ball, we were able to switch pitchers to close out the game. This being our first district game and we only two practices on our field due to weather, so us coaches had nothing to complain about but were able to pick out things we can work on.”

The Lady Bulldogs finished their week at the Franklin softball tournament, where they earned second place in the bronze bracket.

The first day of the tournament began with two losses and a tie in pool play. North Zulch lost to Blooming Grove, 5-1, and Carthage, 18-0 before they tied with Bremond, 12-12.

Saturday was the start of bracket play, and the lady bulldogs took second out of eight teams in their bracket. They beat Dawson, 17-1 and Bruceville Eddy, 9-3. North Zulch lost to White Oak 10-0.

“This was our last tournament of the season and we were somewhat pleased with the outcome,” said coach Bohannon. “We do have quite a few kinks to work out, so hopefully the rain will subside enough starting this week so that we are able to improve what needs to be worked on.

Coach Bohannon also mentioned that Head Coach Victoria Rivera will be returning from maternity this week. The Lady Bulldogs’ next home game is scheduled for March 12 against the Snook Blue Jays.

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