NORTH ZULCH – The North Zulch baseball team is scheduled to face the Grapeland Sandies on Friday after a big 12-1 loss to Lovelady on Friday night.
Coach Matt McManemin said last week he is pleased with the individual performances from the team, particularly senior Hans Osth and sophomore Cole Weaver. First baseman Ryan Housley is the team’s best hitter, McManemin said.
“Hans Osth had a strong performance on the mound but got tired in the fifth inning,” the coach said of Friday’s game. “The boys played well defensively but struggled to get the big hit and score runs on offense.”
Coach McManemin, in his first year at North Zulch, played baseball for Tyler Junior College and Concordia University in Austin. Although the Bulldog baseball team didn’t win a game last year, they already have two Ws this season.
“We’re trying to control what we can control,” McManemin said.
The athletes are spread thin this time of year because most are playing more than one sport, and several are playing three or four, the coach added.
The team’s regular season ends this month and playoffs will follow.
“Hopefully we can compete,” McManemin said. “Moving forward we need to learn from our mistakes and have fun along the way.”
Lady Bulldogs Coach Greg Horn said Monday he is proud of the way the girls have played so far this season.
North Zulch had big wins over Iola (15-3) and Mumford (17-2) last week. The team is now 6-2 in district play.
“Robin Diserens pitched well against both teams,” Horn said, adding that Emma Baker, Cassidy Brown and Ally Grier have been strong hitters. “Hopefully we will continue to improve as the season progresses.”
The Lady Bulldogs played Anderson-Shiro on Tuesday and are set to host Somerville on Friday night.