Bulldogs complete fall baseball

J.C. Dickey

Red River High Baseball just finished its September Fall High School league hosted by Centenary. The Centenary College Baseball team coaches the fall league at Centenary. Each week, Red River played other high school teams from the Shreveport-Bossier area or combination teams fielded by high schools that needed players for a team. Red River had 22 freshman-senior players on their fall roster and could field 2 teams this year: a younger and an older team. The older guys finished 3-1, and the younger guys 2-2.

The Centenary coaches moved players in and out of the line-up, moved them to different positions, and tried to even out playing time, giving every player as many reps as possible. According to LHSAA rules, a high school coach cannot coach the team during team play out of season. With this rule in effect, the Fall League came at the perfect time for the new head coach of Red River Baseball, Todd Moore. He and his staff attended every game, sitting in the stands using this time to evaluate each player and develop a game plan of what everyone needs to work on before the season officially starts this spring.

When asked how Coach Moore felt about their play, Coach Moore commented, “I am very proud of how our guys competed this fall. They have been putting in the work at practice and in the weight room. I believe our pitchers did a great job throwing strikes, our defense was very solid, and we seemed to get more aggressive at the plate. I’m really looking forward to the spring.”

One thing that is apparent for this upcoming season is that Red River High School has many talented players. For the last few years, Red River Baseball has been climbing, and this year, they look to make a giant leap and a deep playoff run with a team full of juniors and seniors and some very promising underclassmen. After watching this fall league, coaches expect 13 or more players to compete weekly for a starting varsity spot in the line-up.

Another thing the fall league showed was that RRHS baseball will have the best pitching staff it has ever had. This year, Red River Baseball has at least 6 starting varsity pitchers, with 4 throwing over 80mph and one close to 90. This many pitchers will allow our pitchers to share the season load and be fresh when the postseason arrives.

This spring, make sure you come out and join in on America’s favorite pastime and watch these Diamond Dawgs play.