Bulldogs take long-awaited trip to Round Rock for state semis
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - As the Bosqueville baseball team prepares for the state semifinals in Round Rock Wednesday, the team is looking back on the extraordinarily long path it took to get there.
The Bulldogs were putting together a great season last year when COVID canceled the season.
Head Coach David Anderson remembers, “Me and my assistant made eye contact on the bus. We had just had a really good game. He said, ‘What is on your mind?’. I said ‘Nothing. What’s on yours?’ He said ‘nothing’. He said ‘tell me,” I said, ‘I think we are going to win the whole thing this year,’ and he said ‘that is exactly what I thought’.”
Just a few hours later, Coach Anderson would find out that the new virus had canceled the rest of the season.
“The first thing I did was call everyone in the program. Then we went through graduation. It was probably around June when we flipped our attitude to this year.”
The team couldn’t immediately get back together for practice, so they turned to facetime and video games to stay close.
“We all played MLB The Show with each other. I went out and bought a PS4 and we would play against each other, smack talk with each other.”
Senior Ethan McVey adds, “There was still a lot of competitiveness. We acted like we were on the field with each other still. We communicated every day and we were always playing games with each other.”
By the end of Summer, the entire group agreed: if they were able to have a season in 2021, they would make it all the way to the state tournament in Round Rock.
They even put the exact longitude and latitude of the pitching mound on the back of their shirts.
Coach Anderson explains, “We ordered the shirts with the coordinates on the back in July. I was looking forward to football and I was looking forward to January 29th.”
That date marked the beginning of the season, and on Wednesday evening, Coach Anderson will watch his players accomplish their goal of playing in Round Rock. But the Bulldogs know, the work isn’t done yet.
Coach Anderson says, “I am so excited for them to have this opportunity, but they understand that it is not just a trip to go down there and have some fun. The ultimate goal is to get down there and win the whole thing, like we have been talking about.”
McVey adds, “From day one, our goal has always been Round Rock. We didn’t care about the District Championship or the Regional Championship. We are playing for the plaque and the ring. None of the trophies in between.”
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