The Waldron Bulldogs have ended their season with a 4-6 conference play record. After falling 8-2 to the Lincoln Wolves in the second round of Districts, the Bulldogs will also close up with a 4-13 total play record. Waldron is coached by Mark Brigance and Garett Lazenby. Coach Brigance had this to say about the year, “The season didn’t go exactly as we wanted it to as far as wins-loses. The players grew all season with the underclassmen in the line-up getting better with each game.”
Junior Seth Hunt led the team in batting at .400 and an OBA of .525. Seth also earned 695 pitches with 54 strikes. Junior Ruben Valdez settled in at second base with 19 putouts, 5 assists, and had a .227 on base percentage. “Ruben was very good at advancing runners.” Lone senior Tyler Owens led the team in pitching with 801 pitches and 82 strikes in 37 innings.
“Sophomores Braden Williams and Caden Fuller really helped the team at the plate and pitching several innings.” Williams made a total of 21 hits, 10 runs, and 10 RBI. While Fuller secured a total of 12 steals, 14 hits and had an ERA of 4.9. “Bryson Bailey and Clayton Montgomery are two more sophomores that played in the outfield all year and helped at pitcher.” Bailey totaled 43 pitches to 15 batters and 10 putouts. Montgomery has a .846 fielding percentage and a total of 78 pitches with 4 strikes.
Sophomore Drake Carnley brought in 13 hits, 6 RBI, 9 runs, and 26 putouts for the season. “Freshman Blake Owens played first base all year and did a great job improving defensively each time.” Owens has a fielding percentage of .924 with 12 putouts and 61 assists. “I really feel the future looks bright for the Bulldogs,” added Coach Brigance.