NETHERLANDS – There is no shame in losing to the No. 1 ranked team in the state, said Dutch baseball coach Bryan Spell.
The Bulldogs fell 2-0 in a series against Friendswood over the weekend, ending the Dutch season.
“The loss this weekend did not change anything,” Spell said. “We enjoyed being around the team. They played extremely well against a very talented team. We competed well. They were just better than us. They are 26-0 for a reason. ”
The Bulldogs earned the final playoff spot in District 21-5A.
Senior Corbin Chandler said he was pleased the team was able to play an entire season after last year’s cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“One thing I will remember about this year about this team and this season was our band,” said Chandler. “The bond we had was special. We grew up playing together all our lives. Our bond was something no one can break. That’s what I want to remember. ”
Spell said the senior group are some of the nicest young men the school has to offer.
“They are high-grade characters,” Spell said. “They give good grades. It was never something we had to worry about. We have closing interviews with the guys, and they thought what we thought, which was the chemistry of this team, was its greatest strength. ”
Spell said it would be difficult to replace senior management.
“We had quite a few guys on the team who went four laps deep a few years ago,” Spell said. “Wade Butler was with us for four years. His experience will be missed. Some will fill that role. Coaches can only do so much. You must have management that carries the standard. Wade was that guy along with all the seniors. ”
Spell said several underclassmen stepped up this season.
“Sophomore third baseman Noah Kendrick started the last fights for us,” Spell said. “We kept an eye on him all season. He had some really quality bats for us. He’s a guy who came on. Dylan Bell is a freshman. He started the second game against Friendswood. He kept them pointless in two innings. He threw very well for us when he took the mound. ”
Starting pitcher Brady Corcoran’s development could be crucial to the Bulldogs’ future success. The newcomer threw in some great places for the Netherlands.
Spell said playing against a team of Friendswood’s caliber could help the younger players learn what it takes to rise to that level of play.
“We discussed it as a team,” he said. “They got to see what a very competitive baseball looks like. The guys who come back got a taste of what it’s all about. They see what it takes to match it. That kind of experience is invaluable. Hopefully it will motivate our kids through the summer. ”